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1. Mort Drucker

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The National Cartoonists Society has released a 40-minute video profiling legendary cartoonist and illustrator Mort Drucker.

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2. Mars Huang (B6 Drawing Man)

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Mars Huang (B6 Drawing Man), watercolor and ink sketches
Mars Huang is an artist based in Japan (I think — most of the pieces are labeled as scenes from Japan and Taiwan). Though he signs his work “Mars”, his Tumblr blog credits him only as “B6 Drawing man”; it wasn’t until I followed a link to one of his process videos on Vimeo, that I came across his actual name.

His blog is filled with delightfully loose and gestural ink and watercolor sketches of architecture, interior spaces, and, in particular, quirky vehicles like scooters and small cars — often loaded down with luggage.

He excels at reducing complex subjects down to their linear essentials, highlighting them with just enough touches of color to give you a sense of texture and presence.

Be sure to follow the link trough to the larger images on his blog, the small example images I’m posting here don’t give an adequate feeling for the work.

 
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3. MIKE PLOOG

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4. Preston Blair

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 Preston Blair’s Animation (Book 1) is the best “how to” book on cartoon animation ever published. When Blair put the book together in 1947, he used the characters he had animated at Disney and MGM to illustrate the various basic principles of animation. Apparently, the rights to use some of the characters were revoked after the book was already in the stores. Publication was halted for a time, and he was forced to redraw most of the MGM characters, replacing them with generic characters of his own design. The revised edition went on to become a classic, and the first edition was forgotten.





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5. Jean-Baptiste Monge

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Jean-Baptiste Monge





 

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6. Albert Dorne

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Famous Artists Course, 1954 edition 





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7. Cartoon Tips from the 1930s

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Cartoonist Bill Nolan (1896-1954) helped to create the classic rubber hose style of animation when he worked along with Otto Messmer on the Felix the Cat cartoons. 


In 1936, he wrote a little book called Cartooning Self-Taught, which presents the 1930s style.  The heads, hands, and body shapes are based on circles—or really spheres. The pupils are tall pie-cut ovals.

Men's feet are big and clown-like, with a low instep and a balloon toe. Each type of character should have a distinctive shoe: "A tramp needs tattered footwear; a dude requires shoes with spats; a farmer, boots."

Arms and legs get thicker as they go away from the body. Darks are shaded with parallel curving strokes. Poses are extreme and dynamic. Nolan says, "Comics are much more interesting if they seem to be doing something rather than remaining stationary." 

Characters can be created by using circles of different sizes. I like the angry cook with the elbows forward, the fat tycoon, and the cop swinging his billy club.


The dog, bear, and cat are doing a gait called a rack or pace, where both right legs move in tandem and both left legs move in tandem.

An assortment of animals "are all made from combinations of circles," he says. "There is no end to what you can do if you get firmly fixed in your mind the idea of building comics from the basic circles."

You can see the influence not only on the early Disney animators, but also on illustrators like R. Crumb and Dr. Seuss.

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8. Picked up a new sketchbook and look was inside! #animalpeople...


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9. Moran's Yellowstone Watercolors

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Capturing Nature

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Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, watercolor on paper, 1895, Amon Carter Museum of the American Art, Fort Worth, TX

It is interesting to think about ways that art has changed the world. Thomas Moran, along with William Henry Jackson, is an artist who brought attention to the Yellowstone region.  His art ultimately led to the conservation of the land and its dedication as a national park.  For many years tales had been told of the unusual region, but it was the art that convinced congress to act. Yellowstone was set aside as the world's first national park in 1872. It took a few years to establish an organization to oversee the parks (others were created in the following years- Yosemite, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier among others.) This year marks the 100th year anniversary of the national park service. Please enjoy some of Thomas Moran's watercolor sketches of Yellowstone.

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Thomas Moran, Cinnabar Mountain, Yellowstone River, watercolor on paper, 1871, Yellowstone National Park

The Great Blue Spring of the Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone, by Thomas Moran/Library of Congress.
Thomas Moran, The Great Blue Spring of the Lower Geyser Basin, Library of Congress Washington, DC

Moran watercolor of Castle Geyser
Thomas Moran, The Castle Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin, watercolor on paper, 1871, Yellowstone National Park

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Thomas Moran, Above Tower Falls, watercolor and gouache on paper, 1871, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC


Thomas Moran, The Yellowstone Range from near Fort Ellis, watercolor on paper, 1871, Yellowstone National Park



Thomas Moran, In the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, watercolor on paper, July 1871, National Park Service

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, watercolor on paper, 1872, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

I'll end with a few pictures of mine from a recent Yellowstone visit.  I am looking forward to creating some watercolors inspired by my time at Yellowstone and these photos.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Hayden Valley

Grand Prismatic Spring


Cistern Spring

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Castle Geyser

Find more of Moran's work here.
Read part of Moran's journal from his time at Yellowstone.

Do you have a favorite park?

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10. more t.s.sullivant

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sullivant 19992

another rare SULLIVANT masterpiece in color

© sullivant


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11. PREVIEW FOR PROCESS VIDEO

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A preview of the process video that will be available for download on Monday, Aug. 1st. You can pay what you want per download with a minimum of $1 USD ($2 for international/outside of United States).

Soon to be available at http://ift.tt/2aoopcW.

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12. Nicole Gustafsson

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Nicole Gustafsson, illustration
Nicole Gustafsson is an illustrator based in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. whose richly colored images of enchanted forests lit by glowing prisms are painted in traditional media — often Acryla Gouache and ink on wood panels.

Gustafsson utilizes a light touch with her linework, allowing her colors to carry the primary definition of her forms, and inviting the viewer into her compositions with contrasts of hue and value.

The gallery on her website is divided into subject matter, and her blog offers additional pieces, works in progress, announcements of shows and images of her work in situ, in which it is easier to see the realationship of the painted image to the base. Often areas of the wood are left open around the outside of the image.

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13. A sketch from one of our late nights at the @illustrationmfa...


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14. Sargent's Watercolor Mountains

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The Mountains are Calling


John Singer Sargent, Majorca, watercolor over pencil on paper, 1908, Private Collection

Hearing the call of the mountains led to today's post.  While I'm not among the mountains, I can gaze upon images of them (Sargent's) and scheme.  John Singer Sargent traveled though mountains in multiple
 countries and brought sketchbooks along.  I am looking forward to some time in the mountains, although not in the Swiss Alps, Dolomites or Spain, with my watercolors as well.  I hope to learn from Sargent's layering of similar hues, his loose brushwork, and white areas left untouched. 

John Singer Sargent, Mount Cervin, Alps, watercolor and gouache over pencil on paper, 1905, Private Collection

John Singer Sargent - Open Valley, Dolomites:
John Singer Sargent, Open Valley, Dolomites, watercolor and gouache on paper, c.1913-14, Metropolitian Museum of Art, New York


John Singer Sargent, Switzerland 1869 Sketchbook, Metropolitian Museum of Art, New York

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). Bay of Uri, Brunnen (from Switzerland 1870 Sketchbook),June 4, 1870. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950 (50.130.148l) #snow:
John Singer Sargent, Bay of Uri, Brunnen (from Switzerland 1870 Sketchbook,) watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper, 1870 Metropolitian Museum of Art, New York

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John Singer Sargent, Snow, watercolor and graphite on paper, c.1909-1911, Metropolitian Museum of Art, New York

John Singer Sargent, Simplon Pass: Avalanche Track, 1911.:
John Singer Sargent, Simplon Pass, Avalanche Track, watercolor and opaque watercolor with wax resist over graphite on paper, c.1909-1911, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA


John Singer Sargent, In the Dolomites, watercolor and graphite on paper, 1914, Private Collection


Do you have a favorite mountain scene painted by Sargent?  What mountains do you like to paint?

Happy Trekking!

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15. Robin Hood. Illustrator Anne Yvonne Gilbert.

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Robin Hood by Nicky Raven.
ISBN 978-5-389-05778-4, 2014.
Illustrator Anne Yvonne Gilbert. 

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16. Update: Above The Timberline

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Greg Manchess

After a week at IMC with a fantastic roster of instructors and a bunch of wonderful illustration and gallery students, I’m back to painting away on Timberline. I had hoped to get a few started while there, but alas, the students come first, so I only used one to work on for a demo.

Tau

We had a great time talking paint together. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much through a painting demo. I shared how my mind works while laying down strokes. I think everyone was a little surprised and elated that things don’t always go as planned and I have to think on the fly. Just like they do. Just like I did when starting out, and still have to even now.


I’m about to hole up in Oregon for a full month of focused painting. I’ve got 60 more spreads to conquer to be finished. Not sure I can make it now, but the paint is feeling good, and so are the characters, shapes, values, light, scenes, etc.

Way station

My main characters have been shot for reference, and July will be spent painting most of them, including Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy and guest instructor at IMC, playing the part of Sam.

I’m also beginning to refine some of the more complex visuals, like inside the Polaris Geographic Society and…beneath the lost city!

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17. WHEN THE WALKING LINE PAUSES

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Paul Klee famously said, "a line is a dot that went for a walk." 

 
But some lines deliberately stop along the way.  Let's consider why.

Paul Coker Jr.'s line pauses, digs down, then springs forward again. 

This gives his line additional energy,  as if it is propelled on its path by booster rockets.

Like Coker's line, Robert Fawcett's line here lingers at strategic spots on its walk:

 

Fawcett doesn't pause out of uncertainty.  Rather, he punctuates his line as a way of emphasizing his commitment.

Here we see Ronald Searle's line stopping, backing up, and digging in again like successive blows by a sculptor chiseling into stone: 


Searle's technique adds character and musculature to his line. 

Another good example is Mort Drucker's trademark bouncing line. 


Drucker's line loops around, bestowing a springiness that could never be achieved in lines that walk the shortest path between two points.

These lines all walk with a hesitation step.  They're very different from the flowing, sinuous line of artists such as Hirschfeld.
 

The mark left behind at these stopping points records the added pressure of a wrist and the increased flow of ink-- but mostly they remind viewers that an active brain has chosen to renew its commitment to a line at this precise spot.  They reveal a series of choices rather than a single choice.   They are the graphic equivalent of leaving behind a trail of exclamation marks.  

In the right hands, these choices can greatly increase the character and strength of a line. 

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18. Children’s Book Illustrations from British Library

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Children's Book Illustrations from British Library
As part of the huge trove of public domain images being posted on Flicker — which I reported in 2013 — the British Library has assemble a large collection of children’s book illustrations.

As is often the case with these kinds of large scale image resources, best results come from a bit of patience and digging.

Some of the illustrations are not directly attributed to the artists, but reference is given to the books from which they were taken.

[Via DCAD Library and Century Past History on Twitter]

 
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19. Ahab & The White Whale


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20. Ahab & The White Whale

Over the last few months I have been listening to the unabridged Blackstone Audio of Moby Dick. Along the way the story has seeped into my thoughts and drawings. I present to you some work that I made along the way. As it turns out, I am a little obsessed with illustrating stories. Hmm, perhaps there a […]

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21. 2016 Spectrum Award Winners

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This past Saturday was the presentation of this year's Spectrum Award Winners. The event was held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. Every nomination was sincerely spectacular, but a special congratulations, to the award winners.

This year's medal winners are:



ADVERTISING


Gold Award
Nico Delort/"The Blessing of Athena”

Silver Award
Joseph Qiu/"24 Hour Movie Marathon"



BOOK


Gold Award
Rovina Cai/"Tom, Thom"

Silver Award
Karla Ortiz/"Sorcerer of the Wildeeps"



COMIC


Gold Award
Daren Bader/"Tribes of Kai, page 41”

Silver Award
Nic Klein/“Drifter"



CONCEPT ART


Gold Award
Vance Kovacs/"King Louie's Court"

Silver Award
Te Hu/"Journey to West"



DIMENSIONAL


Gold Award
Forest Rogers/"The Morrigan"

Silver Award
Te Hu/"Journey to West"



EDITORIAL


Gold Award
Tran Nguyen/"Traveling To a Distant Day"

Silver Award
Chris Seaman/"Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen"



INSTITUTIONAL


Gold Award
Tyler Jacobson/"Exalted Angel"

Silver Award
Julie Bell/"Behind the Veil”



UNPUBLISHED


Gold Award
Rob Rey/“Bioluminescence"

Silver Award
Wayne Haag/"Dust Devil"



RISING STAR AWARD


Victor Maury



And last, but certainly not least...

The 2016 GRAND MASTER HONOREE is

MIKE MIGNOLA

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22. It’s like #Sherlock is reaching through the bottom of the...


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23. I felt like drawing #MerlHaggard. #sketch #pencil #rollingstone


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24. I didn’t want you guys to think that I only drew fuzzy...


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25. J. Bears Wilson’s face gets all screwed up when he’s...


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