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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.
Tips For Painting Lamplight
2018-03-23 13:01
Jeff asks: "Any tips for conveying the effects of candlelight or lantern light in a painting?"Jeff, yes, let's take a look at Viggo Johansen (1851-1935). He was a Danish painter in… Read More
Heinrich Kley: Elegance And Cruelty
2018-03-22 14:35
Heinrich Kley (German1863-1945) often juxtaposed elegance and cruelty.Like Arthur Rackham, his knowledge of anatomy and his fertile imagination inspired generations of artists in the early 2… Read More
2018-03-21 14:17
You don't need to do a detailed drawing as long as your measurements are right. (Link to video)Here's the sequence, drawing with the brush:1. Warm-primed canvas2. Careful measurements with b… Read More
Theodore Lukits And His Theory Of Color
2018-03-20 19:00
Artist Theodore Lukits (1897-1992) lived in Los Angeles, where he ran a school of painting.Theodore Lukits (on ladder) and Dean Cornwell (below right)Lukits had once served as an appren… Read More
Woodless Pencil Test
2018-03-19 16:33
I decide to try out a woodless water-soluble pencil. A woodless pencil means the whole pencil is made out of the lead, rather than surrounding the thin lead with a casing of wood.Matthew Sch… Read More
2018-03-18 13:16
Caspar David Friedrich's Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer, 1818Rückenfigur is a German art term for a figure seen from behind, and placed inside the scene as a proxy for the vi… Read More
ESPN Adventure On YouTube
2018-03-17 12:36
Here's a 3:25 minute YouTube compilation of the short videos I've been releasing all week about my adventure painting an NBA game. (Link to YouTube)The upcoming issue of International A… Read More
Painting A Logo Using Old-School Tools
2018-03-16 14:17
To wrap up my coverage of professional basketball, I'll paint the NBA/ESPN logo by hand using old-school tools. (Link to video)At almost any antique store, you can find high quality drafting… Read More
Knicks Game At Madison Square Garden
2018-03-15 15:43
There are so many things in motion on and off the court in an NBA game that it kind of boggles the mind to translate it into paint.(link to video on Facebook) As you can see in the video, I… Read More
Kristaps Porziņģis, NBA Star
2018-03-14 15:07
Kristaps Porziņģis was on an All-Star track and putting up good numbers for the New York Knicks when I painted him, but then he got sidelined with a season-ending torn ACL knee inj… Read More

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