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Where should we look for inspiration? Art or nature? (Above left: Giovanni Boldini, 1842–1931), above right: Adolph Menzel, 1815-1905) By “Nature,” of course, I don’t just mean the wild woods, but just the real world around us. It’sShow More Summary
Here's a sketchbook study of the kitchen at my friend's farm, drawn in graphite pencil with gray wash. They tell me they're expecting their first lambs of the season in two weeks.
A couple of years ago I visited the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University as the guest of the illustration department. After giving a lecture, I did a portrait demo of painting professor Tom Barrett. As you can see, there were...Show More Summary
I painted this 8x10 oil in 1995 in the west of Ireland, and I send it to you with my warm wishes on this Saint Patrick's day. If you'd like to hear some Irish music from the comfort your own computer today, tune into the web-streaming...Show More Summary
(Video link) This seven minute video shows the process for sculpting a hand in water-based clay by Philippe Faraut. The general thought process is very similar to painting in opaque oils. You first establish the big forms, then carve them down to smaller planes and finally blend and refine the surface and the small details. Mr. Show More Summary
This photograph shows three spheres with varying surfaces. The one on the left is matte, the one in the middle is glossy, and the one on the right is highly reflective. On the matte sphere there is no highlight. On the glossy sphere in the middle, the highlight is clearly apparent. Show More Summary
The first-ever comprehensive exhibition of the landscape paintings of Martin Rico y Ortega (Spanish, 1833-1908) is currently on exhibition at the Meadows museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit featuresShow More Summary
(Video link) In his Big Think lecture, "What is Art?" Bard College president Leon Botstein makes the assertion that art is a distinctly human activity, unique to our species. This is a rather antiquated notion, one that scientists began to disprove 50 years ago. It turns out that several kinds of animals make art. Show More Summary
While we wait for the Catholic cardinals to make up their minds about the new Pope, let's enjoy some paintings by Jehan Georges Vibert (French, 1842-1902). Vibert was known for his gently satirical portraits of ecclesiastical life. This...Show More Summary
Here's a pencil drawing of a man standing by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (American, born in Germany, 1874–1951) 12 1/2 x 9 5/16 inches, from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum. The drawing is built from patches of tone made of parallel diagonal strokes. Show More Summary
Yesterday at the farm was the warmest day so far this year. The four draft horses were out in the barnyard soaking up the sun and munching their hay. Patches of snow still lingered in the shadows, but everywhere else the ground had thawed...Show More Summary
SIGN PAINTERS (OFFICIAL TRAILER) from samuel j macon on Vimeo. (Direct link to video) Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon documented the stories of more than two dozen sign painters who still follow the time-honored methods of lettering by hand. Show More Summary
There's an exhibition of the work of French fantasy artist Aleksi Briclot called "Genèse: des croquis à l’œuvre" ("Genesis: Sketches at Work,") at the Maison d' Ailleurs, in Yverdon, Switzerland through August 25. The show focuses on...Show More Summary
Petro Choma and his pals re-enact Ilya Repin's painting "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire" as a tableau vivant.
The print edition of Glamour magazine in Germany regularly asks its editors where they have been getting inspiration lately. This time it was fashion designer Kai Margrander's turn. He mentioned the book The Great Gatsby , the Café de Flore in Paris, his Morgan silk jacket....and Dinotopia. Show More Summary
I recently completed five new paintings for a book called Nuthin' But Mech 2, which will be published later this year. The book is a collaboration of about 25 concept artists who love to paint robots, spacecraft, walkers, and other kinds...Show More Summary
Here's an optical illusion GIF that I created to demonstrate color afterimages. Bring your face close, turn up your screen brightness, and stare at the center of the grid. Every three seconds it switches from bright colors to neutral gray. Show More Summary
(Direct link to video) CBS News reports that George Lucas will turn his attention next to opening a museum in San Francisco to share his large collection of golden age illustration and Star Wars development artwork. More at Firewire blog Thanks, Jodie!
"Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century" is the catalog for the exhibition that just opened at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut. It is the fruit of over ten years of work for Angus...Show More Summary
(Video link) In this archival video, Philip de László (Hungarian 1869-1937) paints a quick portrait of a model in oil. He establishes the shapes quickly and refines the tones and the construction of the head with the brush, comparing frequently to the model. Show More Summary