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2576. Photo





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2577. Slightly out of control #watercolor, but with some cropping not...



Slightly out of control #watercolor, but with some cropping not too bad. #makeartthatsells #ilovepaint #lisafirke



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2578. Jim and Ted 2

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It’s week two of the continuing adventures of Jim and Ted. (And yes, last week Jim was named Joe. I just decided that I like Jim better.)

Things don’t look good for them. Will they slide right off the cliff? Find out next Friday.

The post Jim and Ted 2 appeared first on rob-peters.com.

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2579. Georgia Children's Book Award - Reading Bowl!

I recently received the nicest email from Deb Miller, one of the contributors to the blog Readers Unbound. She recounted one of the state-wide reading bowl quiz events that took place surrounding the Georgia Children's Book Award - for which my book, A Bird on Water Street was nominated. Her article is called "Georgia Children’s Book Award and The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl." Deb gives a great recounting of the event and shares a lovely tribute to the reading bowl quiz's founder, Helen Ruffin.
     Every writer simply wants their book read, and children all across Georgia have been reading ABOWS along with the other 19 nominated titles to vote on their favorite as part of this challenge. When they told me ABOWS had been nominated to the very short, very prestigious list, I knew I'd already won, despite whichever title wins #1.
     I hope you'll CLICK HERE to go have a read. It's a wonderful article and put a big smile on my face! Thank you Deb!

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2580. it started to rain

pen & watercolors on paper - A5 size - 2016

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2581. How Long Should It Take To Draw A Storyboard Panel?

A simple question with a surprisingly complex answer.

The post How Long Should It Take To Draw A Storyboard Panel? appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2582. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 105 - 3.11.16


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2583. Harold Speed on Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hals, and Rembrandt

Today we'll continue Chapter 9: "Painting from the Life" from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.

I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by my comments. If you want to add a comment, please use the numbered points to refer to the relevant section of the chapter.

Today we'll cover pages 173-180 of the chapter on "Painting from the Life," where he talks about Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Frans Hals, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

Sir Joshua Reynolds unfinished portrait
Reynolds

1. Reynolds executed his portraits in monochrome and then glazed the color over it.
The unfinished portrait above shows how his portraits must have looked in progress.

2. Reynolds' business approach for portraits
He'd charge half on commencement and the second half on satisfaction. But "he had a room full of rejected portraits in his house when he died." According to Speed, he produced 150 portraits per year.

3. "The smaller the source of light, the less half-tones you get."
Sharp, small lights create a sharp division of light and shadow. Soft light, which comes from large light sources (large windows or exposure of sky) leads to a more gradual shift from light to shadow.

Speed argues that smaller sources are more flattering, but that's generally not the consensus among portrait painters and photographers. Photographers of women in particular routinely use softer or more diffused lights, that is lights that emanate from a larger area. This soft light downplays highlights and unwanted lines and texture in the halftones.

4. Simplifying the modeling will flatter a face, even without changing the features or proportions at all. Powdering has the same effect by reducing highlights.
"The artist is not obliged to catalogue all these details." He says that a "mean vision," (meaning one that focuses on small, trivial forms) misses out on the larger, nobler vision.

I think what Speed is recommending is using a relatively smaller source of light, but ignoring or downplaying the minor details of wrinkles and highlights.

Gainsborough The Painter's Daughters (with ghost cat)

Gainsborough

5. Method: paint thinned with turps and linseed oil. Commenced by rubbing in with burnt umber cooled with terra vert (green).
This produces cool half-tones, into which reds and yellows are added into the lights, followed by darker accents. Note the drawing with the brush on the toned canvas. Also note the ghost cat.

In ateliers, the coloring of the first painting is called "dead coloring," and it is brought to life with warm glazes later.

6. "Swift unity of impression is one of the secrets of the charm, a thing that must always be caught on the wing."
Painting children is always improvisational, even in Gainsborough's day.

Hals 30 Year Old Man with a Ruff, London
Frans Hals

7. Spontaneous handling, painted with a simple palette. Painted with soft brushes, not hog hair (bristle). Speed speculates that a painting like the one above was accomplished in one sitting.

8. Blacks: thin painting over a warm ground.
Note the brushwork in the ruff. Speed notes that it was painted with a gradated middle tone into which he has flicked lights and darks.

Rembrandt Head of an Old Man
Rembrandt

9. Analyzing R. is more difficult because of his variety of handling.
Paint laid in with broken color and glazes, and sometimes with direct opaque handling. Generally Rembrandt reserves the thick paint for the lights, and keeps his darks smooth and transparent.

10. Color: "Rembrandt was a great master of getting the utmost variety out of a few earth colors."
That was true of most of the old masters. Ultramarine blue, so common today because it has been chemically synthesized, was more expensive than gold, and was usually reserved for the cloak of the Virgin Mary.


Next week— Tone and Color Design
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In its original edition, the book is called "The Science and Practice of Oil Painting." Unfortunately it's not available in a free edition, but there's an inexpensive print edition that Dover publishes under a different title "Oil Painting Techniques and Materials (with a Sargent cover)," and there's also a Kindle edition.
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2584. Painting a Drainage Ditch


The air is warming and the water is flowing. The fields are grooved with drainage ditches to carry off the rain water.

James Gurney, Drainage Ditch, gouache 5x8 inches 
Sun-sparkles dance on the water surface. Under the water the drowned grass moves lazily in the current. In the sky above, the geese ply their lines northward. (Link to YouTube)



Abraham Maslow said, “The great lessons from the true mystics, from the Zen monks, is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard, and that travel may be a flight from confronting the sacred. To be looking everywhere for miracles is a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.”  

Thanks to my brother Dan for the quote. You can read his blog about exploring estuaries here.



For more about gouache painting, check out my video tutorial, Gouache in the Wild.
Previous posts: Lightweight Sketch Easel

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2585. Illustration Challenge #40

I have fun creating these for you guys. Are you using them? Let me hear from you in the comments!
     So, this being our 40th challenge (!!!) how about create something celebratory? A cake, a cupcake, a balloon bouquet! Use bright colors, but be sure to use various value ranges of those colors to prevent your piece from looking flat. Because, nobody likes a flat cupcake.
     Want to know more about why you need to mix up your values? Read my article: Illuminating Color.

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2586. Wintergaten Marble Machine

Musician and builder Martin Molin used 2,000 marbles to create this ingenious machine that makes some pretty marvelous music. Click the image to watch on Youtube:

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2587. Picture Book Study: This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) by David Elliott and Lori Nichols

This is a children’s picture book structure break down for This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) by David Elliott and Lori Nichols. This breakdown will contain spoilers.…

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2588. Pick of the Week for CHILDHOOD and This Week’s Topic

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It’s Illustration Friday!

Please enjoy the wonderful drawing above by Ileana Rovetta, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of CHILDHOOD. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:

DRAGON

Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the public Gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!

HAPPY ILLUSTRATING!

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2589. Dragon


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2590. Just refilled my watercolor travel palette. #lisafirke...



Just refilled my watercolor travel palette. #lisafirke #makeartthatsells #ilovepaint



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2591. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card No. 104 - 3.10.16


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2592. Paramount Mysteriously Dumps U.S. Release of ‘Little Prince’

The Cesar-winning film had been scheduled to come out next week in the U.S.

The post Paramount Mysteriously Dumps U.S. Release of ‘Little Prince’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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2593. More Walk Cycles

Hello everyone! I've added two more animated characters to the mix this week. an alligator, and a buffalo. I also added some Miles Davis for them to walk to. Five points if you can name the song and album(that's what we called a collection of songs before cds came along, for all you kiddos out there).

More Walking Animals from ryanloghry on Vimeo.

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2594. Girls of '65

"Girls of '65" (watercolor, watercolor pencil on paper) was juried into the National Association of Women Artists' exhibition The Creative Muse (March 12 - May 8, 2016), Crayola Gallery at the Banana Factory Arts Center, Bethlehem, PA.

You can view more of my artwork on my 

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2595. Henry Finch Chalk Drawings

Look at these kids from Oaks Primary school in Birmingham drawing Henry Finch and the Beast for World Book Day...




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2596. Have you seen my "Vintage Sketch Series" now available in the shop?

Have you seen my "Vintage Sketch Series" now available in the shop? I love how the handmade paper looks in the floating frame I got from Hobby Lobby. There are 3 different prints to choose from thus far. http://phyllisharrisdesigns.com/collections/vintage-sketch-series

 




Here is a bit more info about them...

After attending a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, I was so inspired by the beautiful sepia sketches on aged paper so I set out to find the perfect "handmade" paper to print my raw sketches on. Every artist struggles with working and refining a piece until it's almost overdone. I love the movement and feeling of sketch studies because they are raw and full of emotion.

This beautiful handmade paper has deckled edges and seeds and fibers through it. It is perfectly "imperfect" so it may not be perfectly squared which adds to it's beauty. I have shown one framed in a vintage "floating" frame for reference only. Frame not included. Copyright will not appear on print.

- Art print created from a hand drawn original sketch
- Printed on 8.5 x 11" aged handmade seed paper
- Ships flat packaged in a bend resistant mailer and a cellophane sleeve
- Ships within 3-5 days of payment
- Printed locally in the USA

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2597. Process for a promo illustration.

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Process for a promo illustration.



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2598. what was I thinking


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2599. Friday Linky List - 11 March 2016

From The Guardian (via Vivian French): Mick Inkpen's top tips for making a picture book - GREAT!

From Lifestyle (via PW): Judging Books by Chip Kidd's covers

From The Read Quarterly: Scottish Children's Book Awards 2016!

From The Rumpus: There is no such thing as a true story (tough read, but good)

From The Weather Channel: 100 Places straight out of a fairytale

From The Scottish Book Trust: Why Libraries Deserve to be Loved

From Picture Book Makers (are you subscribed yet?): Emily Hughes on the making of WILD - interesting!

From The New York Times: Pat Conroy, Author of 'The Prince of Tides' and 'The Great Santini,' Dies at 70

From Sunday Mornings with Joe: How to Make a Surge - great advice for paddlers, authors and illustrators too!

From GalleyCat: Netflix to Adapt 'Thirteen Reasons Why'

At AtlasObscura: How Does A Wrinkle in Time Look on a Map?

From The Guardian: What are the best children's fantasy book series? You vote!

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2600. still life with pipe

tenperas on coloured paper.

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