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This daily weblog by Dinotopia creator James Gurney for illustrators, comic artists, plein-air painters, sketchers, animators and art students, with insights into the making of Dinotopia.
2021-10-18 13:09
Jules Bastien-Lepage, Portrait of my Grandfather, 1874In his autobiography, Jules Breton said: "[Jules] Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884) will leave a lasting fame. This young artist, cut down in t… Read More
Races In Skybax Canyon
2021-10-17 12:58
Will and Cirrus lead the skybax races around ancient demisaurian monuments near Ebulon in Dinotopia's great desert. The painting is 3 x 6 inches, oil on board, published in my illustrated ad… Read More
Cornelius Varley's Watercolors
2021-10-16 13:39
Watercolor can convey a lot of information with simple means.Cornelius VarleyThis looks like a practice sheet to try different ways of capturing those wind-blown shapes. Each sort of tree ha… Read More
2021-10-15 13:47
J.M.W. Turner's super-portable watercolor set consisted of a small set of cake colors in a leather pocket pouch.He also had slightly larger sets with flasks. This is his paintbox, found… Read More
How Sacrificing Detail Can Add Mood
2021-10-14 17:42
In a new YouTube video I show how I painted this moody morning scene in gouache by sacrificing detail and emphasizing light effects. My goal is to capture a fleeing light effect by usin… Read More
2021-10-13 12:47
When the Artists Magazine asked "Who's a painter that changed the course of landscape painting?" the first name that popped into my mind first was Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898).I said that I don… Read More
2021-10-11 13:41
Tête d'expression was a traditional art-school exercise involving "a study of the face intended to evoke a particular state of mind: melancholy, for instance, obstinacy, shock, or… Read More
Vermeer Restoration Reveals Hidden Cupid
2021-10-10 12:26
A Vermeer painting has restored to reveal a hidden painting within a painting. Cupid was painted over by another hand after Vermeer's death. Restorers revealed the underlayer in st… Read More
2021-10-09 13:54
Arthur Denison powers up a strutter with a sunstone. On Instagram, Bo Thornchester (iheartboeboe) asks: "Was Arthur's design based on a real-life person?"Arthur is not based on a single… Read More

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