Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre (Spanish, 1887-1938)Poem of... [feedly]

Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre (Spanish, 1887-1938)Poem of...
// The Curve in the Line

Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre (Spanish, 1887-1938)

Poem of the Sea, circa 1913-1924

  • Night
  • Afternoon

  • Song

  • High Tide

  • Dawn


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Karla Ortiz [feedly]

Karla Ortiz
// lines and colors

Karla Ortiz
Karla Ortiz is a concept artist, illustrator and gallery artist who has worked with film and gaming companies Paragon Studios/NcSoft, Ubisoft, Kabam, Industrial Light & Magic and Marvel Film Studios, as well as publishers Wizards of the Coast, Ace Books, Tor Books.

Her illustrations have a refined, classical approach, with much attention paid to to subtle changes in value.

In the "Fine Art' section of her website (accessed from a drop-down menu under "Art"), you'll find drawings and sketches that I think are exceptionally appealing.

There is a video here that shows a time lapse of Ortiz creating the graphite drawing "Omens" (images above, bottom).

Ortiz will be participating in the Concept Design Academy that begins on February 27, 2016.

Her work will be on display at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA as part of the Line Weight IV exhibition, also opening February 27, and running to March 13, 2016.

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William Holbrook Beard [feedly]

William Holbrook Beard

William Holbrook Beard - Power of Death, 1889-90Power of Death, 1889-90

William Holbrook Beard - The Discovery Of Adam, 1891The Discovery Of Adam, 1891

William Holbrook Beard - It Rains It Shines, The Devil Whipping His Wife, 19th CIt Rains It Shines, The Devil Whipping His Wife, 19th C

William Holbrook Beard - The Fox  Hunter's Dream, 1859The Fox Hunter's Dream, 1859

William Holbrook Beard -The Witche's Ride, 1870The Witche's Ride, 1870

William Holbrook Beard - School Rules, 1887School Rules, 1887

William Holbrook Beard - Bear Carousal, 1870Bear Carousal, 1870

William Holbrook Beard - Divorce, 19th CDivorce, 19th C

William Holbrook Beard - The Four Seasons, Winter, 19th CThe Four Seasons, Winter, 19th C

William Holbrook Beard - Minerva Reflecting, 1870Minerva Reflecting, 1870

"William Holbrook Beard (1824-1900), was born into a family of portrait, animal, landscape, and genre painters in the small town of Painesville, Ohio, near Cleveland. He is best known for his satiric genre scenes featuring animals as stand-ins for human beings behaving badly. He frequently used bears as protagonists. The present work is less anecdotal, and more hauntingly compelling than many of his satirical works. In the upper scene, an innocent child has happened upon a peculiar wooden grate on the ground in a clearing of a misty field. Noises from below the strange construction attracted the child's attention and led him to kneel down and listen. In the lower, underground scene, which is rendered in an entirely different palette of earth tones and fiery furnace reds, Beard has painted a scene of a devil flogging his wife. Reminiscent of the work of Salvator Rosa, the subject is doubtless related to a literary source, but has a painterly rather than illustrational quality.

Basically self-taught, the young artist began his career painting with his older brother James Henry Beard, and then worked for several years as an itinerant portraitist in his home state. He moved to New York City in 1845, but by 1850 left the larger metropolis for Buffalo. There he established a studio and became close to a group of successful artists including portraitist Thomas LeClear (whose daughter he married) and Swedish-born landscapist Lars Gustave Sellstedt, Buffalo's principal mid-century painter. Beard remained in Buffalo until 1856, the year he left for a two-year tour of Europe. He traveled extensively, and met and painted with many American artists including Emanuel Leutze, Sanford Gifford, Worthington Whittredge, and Albert Bierstadt. Upon his return to the United States, he spent two more years in Buffalo before settling into apartments in the Tenth Street Studio Building in New York, home to many of the nation's most celebrated painters. After his return from Europe, Beard concentrated upon satirical animal subjects. As William Gerdts has noted, "One of his most characteristic and controversial of such paintings was his March of Silenus (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York), a classical theme reinterpreted with a drunken bear attended by an entourage of goats, which led to the artist's election as National Academician in 1862."

In 1866, he traveled West by train to explore the landscape, and in Colorado his companion was Bayard Taylor, a writer and lecturer. During the trip, he wrote home to his wife that the landscape was monotonous, that he was disappointed in seeing so few buffalo, and the life out West was too hard. As a result of the trip, his wanderlust was sated, and he turned increasingly to his imagination as the source of inspiration for the habits and environments of his wildlife subjects. Many of his later paintings showed animals as physically realistic but atypical in terms of their behavior."
- quote source

Artworks found at Heritage Auctions and Sotheby's.

William Holbrook Beard was previously shared on Monster Brains in 2008. 


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Color Charts Through History [feedly]

Color Charts Through History
// Gurney Journey

For centuries artists have explored ways to map the universe of color. Each kind of chart reflects a different conception of color. Here are a few examples, from a selection by The Public Domain Review

"A chart from 1746 by Jacques-Fabien Gautier illustrating his theory that the primary colours
are black and white, with red, yellow, and blue being secondary. Colours were thought
to be drawn out of the shadows by the presence of light – Source."

"Philipp Otto Runge's Farbenkugel (1810). The top two images show the surface
of the sphere, while the bottom two show horizontal and vertical cross sections –Source." 
"Johann Heinrich Lambert's three-dimensional adaptation of
Tobias Mayer's triangle, featured in his Beschreibung einer mit
dem Calauschen Wachse ausgemalten Farbenpyramide
(1772) – Source."

"Page from Priced catalogue of artists' materials : supplies for
oil painting, water color painting, china painting … and
drawing materials for architects and engineers, manual
training schools and colleges (1914) – Source."
Captions quoted from: The Public Domain Review. See more at their post Color Wheel Charts and Tables Through History
More about color systems in my book: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter


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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Parka Blogs Art Tool Interview [feedly]

Parka Blogs Art Tool Interview
// Gurney Journey

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.
Lightweight tripod for video camera, Zoom recorder, or LED light, strapped to chair with bungie cord.
Paint rag tied to the outside to allow it to dry (looks a bit weird).
Belt pouch. Contains: pencils, brushes, water cup, gouache set, mini watercolor set, watercolor sketchbook, and LED headlamp.
Flip video camera replaced by Canon point-and-shoot now.


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Pastel Demo: Michael Chesley Johnson’s The Winner [feedly]

Pastel Demo: Michael Chesley Johnson's The Winner
// Artist's Network

Pastel artist Michael Chesley Johnson shares his step-by-step pastel demo of The Winner (pastel) in which he uses the newly released Pastels Girault Claudia Seymour Still Life Set. For more about the pastels, see the April 2016 issue of Pastel Journal, available in print or as a download, at northlightshop.com, and on newsstands March 8.

Demonstration: The Winner
I tried to use as many of the 50 Claudia Seymour Still Life basic-set pastels as possible in my still life painting depicting a winning still life painting. The pastels suited the painting perfectly, from block-in to finish, and didn't require support from other pastels.

Using the smooth, untextured side of a sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes steel gray pastel paper, I drew in the basic shapes with vine charcoal.

Step 1, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson | artistsnetwork.com

Step 1, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson

To determine the tonal range, I blocked in the illuminated wall with a scumble of white, the lightest value; established the mid-values of the frame with yellow, orange and red; and finally added the darkest note with a dark green in the cast shadow of the scallop shell.

Step 2, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson | artistsnetwork.com

Step 2, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson

To explore the chromatic range, I continued to block in the landscape painting with more neutral colors and then added the brightest note using the stick of yellow pastel on the table,

Step 3, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson | artistsnetwork.com

Step 3, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson

I modified colors by layering, particularly in the picture frame, by modifying the yellows, oranges and reds with greens, violets and blues.

Step 4, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson | artistsnetwork.com

Step 4, The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson

I added touches of gray to the highlights on the frame to gray down a yellow that felt a little too intense for reflected light. Then, I added a set of color swatches to complete my theme. I originally had a few blues among the swatches, but I felt they dominated the painting too much. With this in mind, I erased the pastel completely with a brush and an eraser (seen in the foreground) and replaced the colors with dull red to complete The Winner.

The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson | artistsnetwork.com

The Winner (pastel) by Michael Chesley Johnson

The post Pastel Demo: Michael Chesley Johnson's The Winner appeared first on Artist's Network.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Scientists Develop the World’s Blackest Black, Vantablack [feedly]

Scientists Develop the World's Blackest Black, Vantablack
// Industry Tap

Surrey Nanosystems, a British company, has developed a mysterious material called Vantablack. Vantablack is so black that it absorbs 99.965% of visible light, which is a new world record. Made up of carbon nanotube coating on sheets of aluminum foil, it sucks in all the light. Each carbon nanotube is 10,000 times thinner than a human […]

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fuckyeahstartrektos: The colorsssss [feedly]

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Saddo Uses Naturalism to Illustrate His Colorfully Strange Worlds [feedly]

Saddo Uses Naturalism to Illustrate His Colorfully Strange Worlds
// Brown Paper Bag


Saddo is an Romanian artist whose career has switched gears. Starting out as a muralist, his style was was noticed by advertising agencies and galleries in cities around the world.

Saddo's visual language has many disparate influences, including horror movie posters, comics, Hieronymus Bosch, Henri Rousseau, naturalistic illustrations of plants and animals, pop surrealism, and religion. Wow! This is reflected in his paintings and illustrations, which feature realistically-formed figures that are often in busy, lusciously-colored scenes.

If you're a long-time reader of this blog, you might remember when this artist collaborated with Aitch on Memory. Check it out—it's my favorite iteration of the classic card game.












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Kazu Kibuishi (@boltcity)
Images painted during Q&A sessions over the past several weeks at Bellevue schools collected on one sheet. pic.twitter.com/rZ9hUssVfS

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