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Blog Post Archive

OK Go Answers its Critics

The band OK Go released a new music video called "Upside Down Inside Out," shot entirely in weightlessness (link to video). They also made a behind-the-scenes video showing how it was done.In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, they were...Show More Summary

Old Mugshots

Police mugshots have their own stylistic conventions that have developed over time. In 1905, some English police had the accused hold a chalkboard with their name and alleged crime—in this case, larceny. In Australia in the 1920s, the accused was shown in close-up and in a standing pose, with the name written on the negative. Show More Summary

Harold Speed on Old Master Techniques

Today we'll continue Chapter 9: "Painting from the Life" from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. Show More Summary

While Waiting for Tires

My car is in the shop for new tires. It's too cold to paint outside, so I set up by the coffee machine. The car goes up on the lift. An impact wrench rattles. I've got about an hour. Van Kleeck's Tire, Gouache, 5 x 8 inches, 1 hour The view looks back into the office. Show More Summary

Can a Machine Learn Your Painting Style?

Can a computer learn to paint with your style? DeepArt is a free online computer algorithm that claims to transform your photos into painterly images, using your own painting style to guide the computer. I thought I'd try it out by uploading a photo (left) and a closely related plein-air oil painting (right) to see what the algorithm comes up with. Show More Summary

Painting the Ideal Type

Roger Tory Peterson wrote and illustrated one of the definitive bird identification books called Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North AmericaThe goal of the pictures in a field handbook is to present the essential type, the Platonic ideal of the species in question. Show More Summary

MAXx FX, The Greatest Action Figure that Never Was

Last week I had the privilege to visit my friend Mel Birnkrant, who showed me his original prototypes for MAXx FX, an action figure who dons movie-monster prosthetics to become the Werewolf, Mummy, Jason, Freddy, Swamp Creature, and Caveman. Link to my new YouTube video Read the story of MAXx FX on Mel's website(Link to 12-minute YouTube video)

Achieving Softness in Gouache

In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a romantic magazine illustration from 1950 by Harry Anderson. It's in gouache, 10 x 13.5 inches. It's a fine example of soft edges, which are challenging to achieve in gouache because of the rapid drying time. Show More Summary

Celluloid Mickey

Yesterday I painted this study of a celluloid Mickey Mouse toy from the 1930s. This toy was manufactured in Japan and distributed in Europe. It is made from celluloid, a lightweight, fragile, and flammable material that was also used for film. Show More Summary

Harold Speed, "On Painting a Head"

Today we'll continue Chapter 9: "Painting from the Life" from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. Show More Summary

Parka Blogs Art Tool Interview

Parka Blogs has published an interview about the art tools I use. Portable expedition rig for both painting and making videos. This kit fits on my belt or shoulder straps so that I can walk through any museum. Folding Folding tripod stoolwith shoulder strap. Show More Summary

Upcoming Workshops

I'll be participating as an instructor in two upcoming workshops this year. Both are for experienced painters, taught by a top-flight group faculty. James Gurney painting a watercolor demo at SKB Foundation Workshop The SKB Workshop happens September 18-27 in Dubois, Wyoming. Show More Summary

Cook's Dinner

Restaurants in Chinatown are a good place for gouache painting if you catch them in the middle of the afternoon. You can hold down a table for a while and the cooks come out to eat. They always seem to eat cool stuff that's not on the menu. Show More Summary

Anderson's Brother & Sister Covers

In 1949, illustrator Harry Anderson did a series of covers for Woman's Home Companion featuring a blond-haired brother having fun with his brunette sister. Anderson was a specialist in painting children for the women's magazines. The covers in this series are consistently well drawn and full of Anderson's generous and playful spirit. Show More Summary

Sketching in Iraq and Afghanistan

In this TED talk, news illustrator Richard Johnson tells what it was like to sketch during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how sketching brought him closer to the military company he traveled with. Art by Richard Johnson, courtesy...Show More Summary

Fitz and Van's Formula

Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman teamed up to paint many of the classic car ads of the 1960s. Using gouache, Fitz painted the cars and Van painted the backgrounds. They had a formula, but it was a great formula. It goes like this. Coloristically, they choose a overall background color (here, blue). Show More Summary

How to Paint a High-Contrast Study

When painting from the figure, it's easy to get lost in all the subtle middle tones, and end up with a painting that has no force or impact. Shadows are usually darker than you think, and lights are lighter and more unified.A helpful exercise to push your awareness in this direction is the High Contrast Study. Show More Summary

Harold Speed, Painting from the Life: Part 1

Today we'll start Chapter 9: "Painting from the Life" from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. Show More Summary

Priming and Surface Preparation

Felice House, a painting professor at Texas A and M, says: "Just today a student came to me with a question about how you prime your surfaces. We looked through the blog but couldn't find details. If you can fill us in that would be really helpful." OK, Felice. Show More Summary

Designing the Wild Things Plushes

Toy designer Mel Birnkrant designed the only toy tie-ins based on "Where the Wild Things" that Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) liked. In a new set of pages on his website, he tells the story of how he developed the designs, and how his 30-year friendship with Maurice Sendak grew out of that working relationship.

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