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326. Three Challenging Questions

Ernest Meissonier, Connoisseur and Artist

Andrzej Tokarski asks:
How are you still not bored by painting the nature? Not trying to be unpolite, I'm just curious. You're already an amazing artist with nearly perfect understanding of the light. Why do you still paint from nature? Isn't it more interesting to paint from imagination when ur understanding of light/form is as good as yours? I really love your Dinotopia series and for me it seems more fun to paint it than from nature. I hope you will answer me, I'm really curious why do you still paint so much from nature. Cheers smile emoticon

James Gurney Hey, Andrzej, That's nice of you to say, but I'm a long way from a perfect understanding of anything. My first answer is to say that I really love both imagination and observation equally. One feeds inspiration to the other. When I'm painting an imaginary scene, I pretend that I'm really observing it, and when I paint something in front of me, I try to bring something of my inner life to the experience of seeing it.

Painting from nature is a lifelong quest in itself that demands every ounce of my concentration, focus, and skill. I feel a strong desire to capture my view of the beautiful ordinariness of the world around me. All through my life, I've done paintings from observation and imagination side by side.

For the next issue of International Artist I've just written an article called "On-the-Spot Surrealism" which explores ways to morph the two together. And I guess that's the second answer. I'm becoming more and more interested in exploring the borderline between the real and imaginary worlds, which may not be as separate as you suppose.

Zedasilva3 says:
I really admire traditional painting, I really do. I have a lot of respect for it. But being honest, is it worth it when digital painting have reached such a tremendous quality standard and also take a lot less effort? And may it be clear that I'm not criticizing here. The guy is a true master of art, but I ask myself if [it] is fit for the 21st century.

Thanks for the compliment. It's hard for me to compare digital painting to physical painting, since I've never really done much with digital art-making. For the kind of work I do, I find the traditional tools to be the most productive, efficient, and satisfying. Part of the reason is that the lack of an "undo" button forces me to focus and commit and take risks, and I like that.

And I love having my work embodied in a physical object that I can hold in my hands or exhibit in a museum. Making a physical painting is a very basic thing for me, like chewing food with my teeth instead of getting it in an IV drip. For outdoor painting, physical tools have clear advantages of being visible in very bright light, portable, and workable without electricity.

Of course I respect those who work with digital tools for whatever reason, and I do use digital tools for graphic design, photography, video capture, and editing. We all make our peace with computers in one form or another, and there's no ideal mix of tools that works perfectly for everyone.

What we're seeing as we get farther into the 21st century is not more and more digital, but more interesting ways of combining handmade and digital to create new expressions that we haven't seen before. We're seeing that in movies, animation, crafts, graphics, and everything.

Karen asks:
You mentioned something in passing in one of your postings (I'm sorry, I can't recall which) and repeated it during an interview for Savvy Painter. You said, to paraphrase, that artists should study dead artists, not current artists. As a self-directed painter, I very consciously work on improving my craft by taking workshops and classes. I follow a number of inspiring painters online at Facebook, my primary source. I respect your opinion and ideas, so when you made this statement, I became worried that I may be limiting my study habits or studying incorrectly, and may be missing out on more artists. What artists should we be looking at? 

Hi, Karen,
Good question. There's nothing wrong with looking at the work of living artists. The main reason I said that is because I find if I look too much at the work of any single artist, I might end up emulating them too much. The best I could ever hope to achieve is a second-best to their style. Looking at diverse artists from past eras and cultures makes it more likely that I'll develop my own original voice.

Another reason to study dead artists is that the best work has already been pre-sifted. The best stuff has a way of rising to the top, and you can look at the best of the best from different eras. Looking through the current crop of art, one has to be more selective. There's great work going on right now, don't get me wrong, and I admire the work of many of my colleagues greatly.

As to which artists? That's totally for you to decide!

All that said, it's best to put most of your time into studying nature directly. I have this strange feeling when I'm copying an artists work that if they were standing there they would be saying: "Don't copy my work. Go outside and paint from the real world!" In fact most of your time should be spent cultivating patience and focus in the face of nature. Ultimately, that's the source of it all.

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327. Where you can obtain the greatest video downloads

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You are guaranteed that you are obtaining the complete DVD or VCD content of one’s favorite anime whenever you get video packages from the pay site. Pay sites also maintain a backup of all of the introduced attacks along with lots of anime options. The disadvantage is the fact that you have to pay for a specific amount. Possibly, prior to making an unreasonable choice to go for apps that are free, you need to consider those spend sites’ pricing significantly carefully. This means you have to see the web to consider one of the most inexpensive bundles that provides you excellent quality movies to get a fair quantity various apps provide various costs. You need to rethink any download bundle requesting even more or forty bucks.

Another method to understand if your app is not bad would be to consider the style of the movies they are currently providing. If they are providing anime video packages from various styles, like fresh anime and previous anime, you are in fortune. You need to take advantage of this chance. Not all apps bring even the newest anime collection or aged anime. If it provides secure packages an app that provides anime video downloads is a great app. With apps that are free, you spyware together with your download and frequently get nasty adware. This is bad and it may influence the operating of one’s pc and danger your system protection. That you do not get these issues with pay sites before contemplating it safe for downloading whilst the documents are scanned. The download the greater since you reach view your preferred anime video’s quicker the pace packages faster. When you have to hold back too much time, you then should think about testing out another site like an account or pay app. Use vidmate to see how this is often to find the very best anime video packages online helpful.

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328. After Picasso (in better focus). #yisforyellow #Bisforblue...

After Picasso (in better focus). #yisforyellow #Bisforblue #blueperiod

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329. Names in a tree

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330. Illustration Challenge #33

This week lets play with mixed media in different orders. Try watercolor with pen and ink on top. Or pen and ink with watercolor or pastels on top. Or pencil with watercolor on top. Or watercolor with pencil on top. The variations are endless! Experiment and see what happens!

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331. Time To Paint

Last week, on Sketchbook Skool I shared a video I made of my dad because he invented such a clever thing. I posted it on my instagram account and got more likes on the one post than I ever had, and still people are sharing and liking and commenting – it’s amazing. Whenever `i ask my dad ‘what time is it?’, he’s not showing me the time – just red yellow and blue! And to be honest, that’s a lot better than ‘a quarter past 10’, isn’t it?

Because of popular demand, here’s the video once more. You can find the free manual on how to make this watercolour watch on the Sketchbook Skool blog.

The post Time To Paint appeared first on Make Awesome Art.

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332. Sunday Sketching

In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee....

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333. ‘Cooped’ by Mike A. Smith

A sofa-bound dog is shocked to learn that a whole world lies outside the door— the maddening, unbreakable door.

The post ‘Cooped’ by Mike A. Smith appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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334. Here’s How To Tell People You Can’t Create Free Artwork

Use this handy tool the next time someone asks you to create free artwork.

The post Here’s How To Tell People You Can’t Create Free Artwork appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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335. Zebo Ludvicek's KITE picture book dummy missing after SCBWI-Florida Regional Conference


I had a fantastic time at the SCBWI-Florida Regional Conference this past week; you can see my photos on Facebook and Flickr. I co-ran the Illustrator Comprehensive with Pat Cummings, and one of the attendees was the mega-talented Zebo Ludvicek. Side note: Zebo's debut picture book, MOUSE, will be published by Jennifer Besser at Putnam!

Anyway, Zebo brought a gorgeous wordless picture book dummy to the session....and it somehow disappeared. Here's one of the interior illustrations:

Announcements were made; we all searched our bags and rooms, but no luck.

If YOU attended the convention and somehow missed the announcement, please do look through all the papers and materials you brought home from the event, just in case.

It's about 40 pages long, stapled, printed on Epson Matte Paper, 8.5 x 11" portrait orientation.

And (I hate to say it, but just in case) if you happen to notice this picture book dummy with someone else's name somewhere, please let Zebo or her agent know RIGHT AWAY. Thanks so much!

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336. There are two cars in this driveway. #snowzilla

There are two cars in this driveway. #snowzilla

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337. Léon Gimpel's WWI Kid Photos

In 1915, photographer Léon Gimpel befriended a group of kids playing make-believe war games on the streets of Paris, and had them stage tableaus for his new-fangled autochrome camera.
Read more in The Guardian

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338. Official Cover Reveal for the Dog & Cat Diaries Paperback Editions!

I talked about the process of creating new Dog Diaries cover art back in May, but I finally have a super nice comp from the publisher and I'm excited to see how smart these two look side by side :) Not officially available until April 16th, but add 'em to your list for spring!

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339. Succulent Saturday - more critter sketches

More playing in the sketchbook - 
Charcoal and pastel on toned paper, with cut paper.

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340. Just a wee bit of snow

Just a wee bit of snow

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341. After Picasso, Brooklyn Hipster version #yisforyellow...

After Picasso, Brooklyn Hipster version #yisforyellow #blueperiod #oilpastels #lisafirke

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342. U.S. Release Date Confirmed for ‘The Boy and the Beast’

One of Japan's biggest film hits of 2015 is headed to U.S. theaters.

The post U.S. Release Date Confirmed for ‘The Boy and the Beast’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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343. Disney Pixar's La Luna!

Oh, this is positively lovely! Thanks to classmate Boris for sharing!
Click the image to watch on YouTube.

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344. lite painting

oil on wood. 30x30 cm approx. still unfinished. from yesterday's life session. will try to finish it next week.

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345. After Picasso. #yisforyellow

After Picasso. #yisforyellow

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346. Nib and crown

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347. Snow snow snow

Snow snow snow

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348. Artist of the Day: Núria Tamarit

Discover the art of Núria Tamarit, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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349. Monkey-ish

While looking for some themed art I came across this image I created some years ago for a book featuring Koko the lowland gorilla.  This was part of the intro to her story.

Watercolor on Arches paper

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350. The ‘Sharknado’ Studio Has Found A Way To Cash In On ‘Finding Dory’

"Izzie's Way Home" will be the first movie from The Asylum's new animation division.

The post The ‘Sharknado’ Studio Has Found A Way To Cash In On ‘Finding Dory’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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