Friday, August 26, 2016

Adding Smog to Kiddieland

I brought my sketch easel to the edge of Kiddieland at the county fair on Tuesday. 

I used a limited palette of gouache—Prussian blue, carmine red, raw sienna, and white. The scene had a lot of blue in it, so I started with a step in the opposite direction: a warm underpainting in raw sienna. 

What I didn't like about the scene was that the air seemed too crisp and clear. I actually like a bit of smog and haze when I'm painting. It adds so much more depth and mystery. So I added some atmosphere by lightening the sky, the far tree, and the tall blue tent. 

In the video you can see that I restated them a couple of times. I also added a little white chalk at the end to add to the feeling of glare.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Art Behind the Movie Logos

Behind famous movie branding you'll find hard-working artists and models. Here is 28-year-old model Jenny Joseph resting after posing for the Columbia logo.

Logo ©Columbia, photos  ©Kathy Anderson
Artist Michael Deas painted the original in 1991. It's oil on panel, 21.5 x 40 inches. The painting was digitized and animated so that the clouds move and the light shimmers.

Deas says, "I start with a wooden panel, which is carefully primed and sanded. Then I begin drawing out the image very carefully, in pencil, using a full range of grays — it’s essentially a 19th-century technique called grisaille. Over that I gradually begin applying thin layers of color. It takes forever."

The revamped logo followed decades of earlier versions of the Torch Lady. Deas says: "The concept of draping The Lady in an American flag was dropped, either for legal or trademark issues, I don’t recall exactly."

As a bonus, here is Dario Campanile with his painting of the Paramount's 75th Anniversary logo from 1986. 
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The Amazing Shrinking Torch Lady (how her legs were digitally stretched)
via Reddit

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Drawing a Moving Turkey

As you can see from the time lapse video, this turkey was constantly moving. But having a handler bring her around into more or less the same pose made the task of sketching her that much easier.

I just finished writing an article on sketching moving subjects. My article will appear in the first issue of a new UK print magazine about traditional art that will be publishing its first issue soon. More on that later.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jezebel in the Barn

Jezebel, the 41 year old donkey, is by herself in the barn because all the other donkeys and horses are away being shown at the county fair. She seems a bit lonely and looks out of her stall disconsolately. 

Jeanette goes to the tack room to get her a ginger snap, which is why she makes all the funny faces. 

Curling back the upper lip is called the flehmen response. It's something all donkeys and horses do in the presence of an odor that interests them.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bosch Parade

In the Netherlands, artists create a parade of floating exhibits in honor of Hieronymus Bosch.
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Thanks, Petros

Sketching Macaws

Binky and Gak, two blue and yellow macaws at the county fair.