Category : Artistic Tricks

Artistic Tricks / RSS - 6 months ago

Alex Ross Talks Process

[embedded content] In this video, we look over the shoulder of comics illustrator Alex Ross as he discusses color, shape, sketches, vision, deadlines, clients, and cover design.  (Link to video) ----- Books Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex...

Artistic Tricks / RSS - 6 months ago

New York Botanical Plein Air Event

 I'll be painting today at the New York Botanical Garden, along with about 20 of my friends. Come on by and say a quick hello. Gurney at NYBG. Photo by Ben Hider This isn't a workshop or demo, but it will be fun to see a bunch of artists pai...

Artistic Tricks / RSS - 6 months ago

William Eggleston Quotes

William Eggleston's color photographs are featured in an exhibition currently at the Metropolitan Museum. The photos are dye-transfer prints from his Los Alamos series, taken mostly in the American south in the early 1970s.  The curators wi...

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Planning a 360-Degree Animated Doodle

[embedded content] Google released its first virtual-reality Google Doodle to honor French pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès (Link to video on YouTube). Nexus Studios, who created the animation, says they planned the drama as if it was a ballet wher...

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Sargent's life beyond the canvas

Cartoon of Sargent by Max Beerbohm A trove of John Singer Sargent's letters donated to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts reveals insights into his life beyond the canvas:• Sargent worked tirelessly, not only at his art, but at his image in the p...

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Natural Science Exhibition Call for Entries

Do you paint natural science artwork? The field includes illustrations for museums, science magazines, nature textbooks, and field guides.  Boletus permagnificus' by Juan Luis Castillo, a botanical illustrator from Spain Subjects include...

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Rainy Days in 19th Century Painting

Nineteenth-century painters loved capturing the unique effects of rainy weather and wet streets. "Rainy Day in Paris" by Ulpiano Checa (Spanish, 1860-1916). Ulpiano Checa (Spanish, 1860-1916) blurs the silhouettes of the buildings and carri...

Artistic Tricks / RSS - 6 months ago

Gouache Painting on a Rainy Day

[embedded content] (Link to Video on YouTube) Gouache dries slowly in the humid conditions of a rainy day, allowing much more time for blending the colors. However, once the layers dry, I can add fine details to add mood and make the scene real...

Artistic Tricks / RSS - 6 months ago

Beside a Triassic Pond

The scene is a forest pond, with several croc-like metoposaurids called Koskinonodons basking in the shallows, absorbing the warmth of a patch of sunlight. Triassic Pond, casein, gouache, and acrylic, James Gurney, 2018 The flora is a mix...

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Gouache Sketches for a Magazine Cover

The art director of Scientific American asked if I could help him with a rush assignment—a cover painting featuring a dinosaur. [embedded content] (Link to video on YouTube) The dinosaur is skinny, about the size of a housecat. At least that's wha...

Artistic Tricks / RSS - 6 months ago

Designing a Science Magazine

Designer Michael Mrak describes how he visualizes black holes, relativity, and dinosaurs for Scientific American magazine. ------ Society of Publication Design Gumroad tutorial on painting Tyrannosaurs

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Delaware Exhibition Pairs Ruskin and Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth, Flock of Crows We stopped by the Delaware Art Museum to visit the exhibition Eye on Nature: Andrew Wyeth and John Ruskin. Curator Margaretta Frederick took us through the show, which pairs 30 rare watercolors by the 19th cent...

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Artist's Mag and Quotidian Subjects

What's the best place for artistic inspiration—Venice? Barcelona? Giverny? Grand Canyon? I believe it's within 15 miles of wherever you are right now. The theme of the current issue of Artist's magazine (print) is "Place." I wrote an article call...

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Portrait Demo at the Yellow Barn Workshop

On Sunday night we had a sold-out audience for my mini-workshop at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo Park, Maryland. After my lecture presentation, I did a half-hour gouache portrait. My model was Steve Hanson, who was wearing a reproduction an...

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Portraits in the Audience

At the Portrait Society Conference, everyone is a model—wittingly or not—including a member of the audience near me. This sketch uses a limited palette of gouache: Light Red by Shinhan Pass, and then the rest by M. Graham: Yellow Ochre, Ultramari...