Thursday, November 12, 2015

Richard Keeling’s abstract compositions of shapes and shadows [feedly]

Richard Keeling's abstract compositions of shapes and shadows
// It's Nice That


Experimenting with plain shapes and shadows is illustrator and designer Richard Keeling, in his series of experimental posters. Richard was previously head of creative for All Star Lanes, the London-based chain of American-style bowling alleys. Finding his feet as a freelancer, Shadows Shapes is just one of many self-initiated projects the creative is working on to find his style and interests. Simple and playfully put together, these compositions are full of delicious-looking colours and feel as though I'm walking through an abstract version of the Sesame Street pinball countdown.

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Coloring Skin with Watercolor by Laovaan [feedly]

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Eye Candy for Today: Böcklin’s Odysseus and Polyphemus [feedly]

Eye Candy for Today: Böcklin's Odysseus and Polyphemus
// lines and colors

Odysseus and Polyphemus, Arnold Bocklin
Odysseus and Polyphemus, Arnold Böcklin

Link is to zoomable file on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The file on Wikimedia, though originally from the Sotheby's sale to the museum in 2012, seems over-saturated in reds. Not having had the pleasure of seeing the original, I've adjusted a copy of that file to bring it more in line with the color on the museum's site.

Arnold Böcklin is an artist whose best known painting, Isle of the Dead, is so famous it makes him seem a one-hit-wonder, and his other work is often overlooked. Here he takes on a mythical scene, but his heart is obviously in his love of dramatic rocky landscape.

The figure of Polyphemus, the giant son of Poseidon as portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, is rendered in a sketchy, gestural forms almost as textural as the rocks on which he stands. His face is essentially a blur of madness and motion.

The rocks themselves, however, are painted in wonderful lavish detail, rich with subtle variations of color and texture, as is the sea and foam that washes around them .



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Studio Equipment: Glass [feedly]

Studio Equipment: Glass
// Muddy Colors

-By Dan dos Santos

Glass is a traditional artist's best friend. Literally, every single surface in my studio is covered with glass.

Many of you have probably seen, or even use, a glass palette for mixing paint. A lot of people don't realize that you can't scratch glass with a razor blade, which makes it a great surface for mixing paint! You can easily scrape the old, dried paint off of it with a simple scraper. Whereas, if you forget to wipe down a traditional wood palette, and your paint dries on it, you may as well throw it away and buy yourself a new one.

The other cool thing about using a glass palette is that you can place any image you want BEHIND the glass. I tend to keep a neutral grey surface and a value scale there for reference, but you could just as easily place a classic Bouguereau painting and try to match the colors right on top of it!

In addition to making a great palette, the scratch resistance of glass means you can also use it as a cutting surface. Though, blades do admittedly dull quickly when cutting on it, the trade off of having a large sturdy cutting surface is well worth it.

By covering every surface I have in glass, it means I can work literally ANYWHERE in the studio. Every single surface can quickly become an impromptu cutting mat, palette, easel, gessoing table, or whatever whenever I need it. All without a single worry of damaging the surface beneath. This means I can work quickly, and MESSILY, without stopping to worry about protecting things around me. Tape, turpentine, cuts, spills, food, coffee mugs, dirty brushes... none of it matters. Everything can be scraped off later on.

And best of all, it allows you to showcase the furniture beneath it. As a hobbyist wood worker, I love being able to see the beauty of oak furniture, while still protecting it from harm.

If you're looking to do this to your studio as well, there a few things to keep in mind.

Glass is relatively inexpensive, but varies according to type of glass you're purchasing. You can expect to cover a large 30x40 work surface for about $50 with the type of glass I use, which is about $3 a square foot.

Glass type:
Most commercial applications of glass use what is called 'Tempered Glass'. Tempered Glass shatters into a million little pieces when it breaks, which prevents you from severing an artery on a large shard. And although this is great for windshields and coffee tables, you do not want to use it in your studio. Because the glass is covering a solid surface, there is little risk of falling through it and getting harmed.

What you want, is 'Plate Glass'. Plate glass will crack into large manageable pieces if something should go wrong. If you get a little over zealous with a clamp light or something, you might crack a corner off your glass, whereas tempered glass will explode right before your eyes and render the entire piece unusable. Tempered Glass is often called 'Safety Glass', and Plate Glass is often called 'Untempered'.

I like to use 1/4 inch glass. Any thinner, and you run the risk of cracking it very easily. Any thicker, and you're adding a substantial, and unnecessary, amount of weight to your furniture.

Glass edges are really sharp. They need to be polished. Many glass cutters will provide a basic, flat polish free of charge. But they may not, so be sure to take polishing into account when getting a quote. Many cutters will just polish the edge to the point of not being dangerous, and stop there. But because I spend so much time working in the studio, and am often leaning my arms against the edge of the table for long periods of time, I specifically request a really deep flat polish or what is called a 'Pencil Ground' edge. The pencil ground edge simply rounds out the whole side, though can be quite costly. In most cases, a good flat polish will suffice.

Where to get it:
I highly recommend finding a local provider for your glass. Although you can easily purchase it online at a discount, in my experience it is well worth the extra expense to go meet with an expert in person. My glass cutter was able to answer all of my questions, make recommendations, remembers the way I like it polished when I purchase new pieces, and has even given me great discounts on small pieces that served him little commercial purpose otherwise.

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PaintBerri now in Open Beta! [feedly]

PaintBerri now in Open Beta!
// (ノ◥▶◀◤)ノ*:・゚✧



The PaintBerri team is excited to officially announce that the site is now in open beta! During our 4 month closed beta, we added a ton of new features and fixes, including a lite painter for older computers & mobile devices, fun games for socializing, and a block feature for avoiding drama and having a nicer time!

PaintBerri is a free oekaki-style social art site where users communicate via drawings created on the spot with the built-in browser painter.

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Some feature highlights:

The Full Painter: This painter is packed full of features including pen pressure support, a highly customizable brush, and hotkeys!

The Lite Painter: This simple painter is usable on mobile devices! Draw on the go from your phone or tablet, and then finish up your piece at home with the Full Painter!

Games: Art games are a fun thing to do when hanging out with artist buds - now you can play them online, too! PaintBerri's first game "MixUp" allows you and two other users to create a fun and weird creature together by blindly drawing the top, middle, and bottom sections separately before releasing your fused monstrosity on the world! 

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oh that explains that

hee my bird (head) is featured there


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1954 View-Master 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea reels [feedly]

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