27 December 2015

A Maudlin Sketch


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The Sherlock Holmes Project

Summary: The beginning of a series of posts about my Sherlock Holmes thesis project showing preliminary sketches.

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A Maudlin Sketch

I did this sketch in my sketchbook. I guess I was feeling a little maudlin… Then I found this quote, which made me feel a little better. “Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good […]

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18 December 2015

The Unforced Force of the Greater Truth

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14 December 2015

The Forever Flowers

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Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers

Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers
Sonja Danowski, The Forever Flowers

The Forever Flowers by Michael J. Rosen.
Creative Editions, 2014.ISBN 1568462735.
Illustrator Sonja Danowski.

Chris Dunn

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Chris Dunn is an English illustrator and gallery artist whose most recent project is a series of watercolor paintings inspired by the classic children’s story The Wind in the Willows. Dunn has a wonderfully finessed style, combining a visceral, tactile realism with a delightful portrayal of his anthropomorphic animal protagonists. There is a warmth and […]

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25 November 2015

Gabba Gabba Hey!

Summary: I share some of my process creating a faux Rolling Stone magazine cover of the Ramones. Giclee prints of the image are also made available! One of the assignments for my MFA program is that we are asked to create an illustration by look back into illustration history and finding an artist whom we admire, then we […]

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11 November 2015

A Revolution of the Palette at Norton Simon

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Though it had been slowing expanding over the centuries, the range of paint colors available to artists increased most dramatically in the 19th century, when a number of new synthetic pigments began to come into production, partly as a result of the industrial revolution. Prior to that, new color discoveries were few and scattered, and […]

04 November 2015

New Art Book - CTN

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Michael Robear

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The watercolors of northeastern Maryland artist Michael Robear would be striking enough in any context — crisply rendered in muted palettes, with intriguing narrative elements bordering on magic realism — but they are particularly arresting in their individualized sculptural frames. In addition to being a painter, Robear is a sculptural metalworker and also works with […]

28 October 2015

Drawings and Prints from the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibitions subtitled “Selections from the Permanent Collection” never sound dramatic, but shows of master drawings from collections like those of the Met (or the Morgan Library or the National Gallery) are actually rare treasures. Drawings and prints are considered delicate, subject to light […]

SCBWI Fall Bulletin: Writing in the margins about working for free

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Hello my friends – I am always pleased to get the latest copy of the SCBWI Bulletin in the mail. Even just opening the envelope to see and be delighted by the cover art is a treat. It never fails to disappoint. But this time around it was especially sweet to flip ahead and see […]

MARK ENGLISH UP CLOSE

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Pumpkins, Wyeth, Sargent & Fall Fun

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New Paint and Etsy Update

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25 October 2015

8 (Other) Occasions To Send Postcards That Promote Your Art

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Today we take time out to honor the humble, under-utilized, centuries-old, low-tech postcard.

Why spend virtual ink on such an old-fashioned method of communication? Because postcards can do what email cannot do.

Postcards can’t be targeted as spam by an aggressive filter.

Postcards can’t be accidentally (or purposefully) deleted by recipients.

Postcards are likely to be tacked to a refrigerator or kept as a memento.

Postcards are tactile. We can hold them in our hands and ponder them. They have the potential to delight, which is something we rarely say about email these days.

You, like the private clients I advise, would benefit from sending three or four postcards a year.

Postcards are most often used to invite people to an upcoming exhibition or open studio.

Some artists design a single postcard with a schedule of all upcoming shows they’re participating in.

But if you don’t have an upcoming exhibition, you might wonder what you’d say on a postcard or why you’d send one in the first place.

Here are 8 other occasions for using postcards to promote your art and build relationships with your list.

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HOW TO BEAT THE DEADLINE ( and live to do it again)

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21 October 2015

19 October 2015

Artist's Studios

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ILLUSTRATORS' PARTNERSHIP ORPHAN WORKS BLOG: Google Prevails in Copyright Lawsuit

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16 October 2015

DRAWING THE BACKS OF HEADS

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Arthur Melville

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Though he was also accomplished in oil, 19th century Scottish painter Arthur Melville is know in particular for his unique and influential style of watercolor painting. Melville’s approach was radical and very different from the mainstream of British watercolorists at the time. Though he worked in transparent watercolor, Melville painted on specially prepared paper which […]

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres graphite portrait of Mme. Lethière

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Madame Alexandre Lethière and Her Daughter Letizia, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Graphite on paper, roughly 11×9 in (30×22 cm); in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the download or zoom icons under the image. Another of Ingres’ marvelous pencil portraits in which the delicately attentive portrait is set off by his seemingly casual sketch of […]

14 October 2015

#clouds #studio #nature (at 17th Avenue Studios)



#clouds #studio #nature (at 17th Avenue Studios)


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10 October 2015

The Importance of Getting Out

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Guptill on Reflected Light

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07 October 2015

E.H. Shepard's WWI Illustrations

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Eye Candy for Today: Botticelli idealized portrait

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Idealized Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph), Sandro Botticelli Tempera on wood panel, 32×21 in (82×54 cm) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Städel Museum, Frankfurt. There is also an article devoted to the painting on Wikipedia. This exquisite […]

Gwelf Travel Update - The Teasel Leaf Tavern

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30 September 2015

Perfect Passage: Schoenherr

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29 September 2015

Illustrating “The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True”

Summary: This blog post covers a book project that I worked on from the end of 2014 to the beginning of 2105. I was hired to create a cover illustration and a number of black and white interior illustrations for the book The Hole Story of Kirby the Sneak and Arlo the True.

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27 September 2015

Roy G. Krenkel’s illustrations for Tales of Three Planets, at The Golden Age

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You can see a series of thumbnails for the cover, the final drawing and cover layout for the book, and the interior illustrations.

16 August 2015

Thinking, Processing, and Reacting

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12 August 2015

BUILDING PROPS

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CF Payne's and Gary Kelley's Class

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So last week I took a class from CF Payne and Gary Kelley, and it was so much fun! We learned how to make monotypes and how to create some cool textures using Payne's watercolor/oil/acrylic/pencil technique. This was my shot at using his process to make a pic.

Milind Mulick

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Milind Mmulick is a painter based in Pune, India, who paints in watercolor, primarily transparent, but also works with opaque watercolor (gouache). He often takes a nicely textural approach when portraying cityscapes and landscapes, conveying the gritty feeling of paving stones and weathered walls with passages of dry brush and spatter. He uses both muted […]

11 August 2015

The Wise Raven

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Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt townscape drawing

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Stadspoort, Rembrandt Harmenz van Rijn In the collection of the Rijksmuseum; pen and brown ink, with wash; roughly 5 x 7 inches (138×196 mm). You will sometimes hear those writing about art, myself included, use the phrase economy of notation. If you were to look up that phrase in my personal dictionary, the definition would […]

infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism

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“infra:REAL – The Art of Imaginative Realism” is a group exhibition of what is often referred to as “fantastic art”, a field that borders on fantasy and science fiction illustration on one side, and the gallery art traditions of Surrealism, Magic Realism and “Fairie Art” on the other. In most cases there is a strong […]

British Watercolor Landscapes

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The World’s Languages, Visualized

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The South China Morning Post recently published an infographic that colorfully illustrates the distribution of the world’s most commonly spoken languages. With data taken from Ethnologue and UNESCO, among other sources, the graphic offers a variety of ways to understand global language patterns – from visualizing which languages have the largest number of native speakers, [...]

04 August 2015

The Boyler Kat; Process Pics


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The Boyler Kat; Process Pics

The Boyler Kat a illustrated response to my MFA related New York City visit last November. These are some some pictures from the creative process.

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28 July 2015

26 July 2015

Foreground, Middle ground, Background

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Match Cuts

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Arnold on Creating The Terminator

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Dear Art Director

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25 July 2015

Eye Candy for Today; Harry Fenn ink drawing

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Present Aspect of Gaines’s Mill, Looking East; Harry Fenn Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Clear observation and crisp, textural rendering give Fenn’s drawing of a brick-walled mill and nearby wooden houses a tactile sense of presence and […]

Northern Wood Sprite

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21 July 2015

The Artistry of Chuck Jones

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Sleepy San Francisco Squirrel

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Ursus Amentia, or The Bear Madness

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20 July 2015

Proposed Copyright Law Explained

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19 July 2015

Sleepy San Francisco Squirrel

Greetings, I want to share a recent illustration that completed for my MFA program. The program has us traveling around the country for different contact periods twice a year, spring and fall. We always return to home base which is the Hartford Univeristy in Connecticut in the summer time. Last fall we traveled to New York […]

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29 June 2015

Really BIG Art!

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Illustrations and Comic art : Giraffe and Elephant

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New Watercolour - Sprite in the Open

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Reduce the Boring Factor: Add Variety to Your Marketing Message

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No more repetitive emails, please.

Your art exhibition, class, workshop, or event has so many facets that there is no reason to send the same emails and social media posts for your promotions. They get a little stale after awhile.

Years ago, Marcia Yudkin wrote a guest post for me on this topic. It was an article she originally wrote for her readers that got me interested.

I still think about that article and keep that list as a reference. It’s time to revisit its premise for you, my artist readers.

Here are plenty of ways to promote your exhibition, event, or teaching.

Many of these suggestions lend themselves to emails. Others could easily be used on social media. Use your noggin to decide.

Exhibition or Event Enticements

Rotate images of your art with short 2- or 3-sentence stories for each.

Do this for two reasons: 1) people are more likely to get excited about a show when they know what they’ll see and

Painting "Brownies" Comic Characters

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Alice in Wonderland

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DAVID LOW BREAKS ONE RULE BUT NOT TWO

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29 May 2015

More inky beginnings! #studio #bookart #Sketch #drawing #ink...


More inky beginnings! #studio #bookart #Sketch #drawing #ink...



More inky beginnings! #studio #bookart #Sketch #drawing #ink #illustration #poetry #bordercollie #dog (at 17th Avenue Studios)


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24 May 2015

How an #ink #drawing starts. #Sketch #studio #bookart (at 17th...



How an #ink #drawing starts. #Sketch #studio #bookart (at 17th Avenue Studios)


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22 May 2015

15 May 2015

10 Things...Sketching the Model

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Eye Candy for Today: Eakins’ Concert Singer

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The Concert Singer, Thomas Eakins Link is to zoomable version on Google art Project; downloadble file in Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There is an article on the painting on Wikipedia. This striking portrait by Thomas Eakins is here in Philadelphia, where I’ve had the pleasure of studying it many […]

Six Tips for Selfie Refs

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08 May 2015

THE 52 WEEKS PROJECT: GODS & MUMMIES

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8 of the Biggest Mistakes Artists Make in their Art Careers

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You might be making mistakes in your art business that are holding you back from big growth.

Mistakes aren’t bad, and I don’t want you to feel like you have to be perfect in everything you do because seeking perfection is a sure way to be paralyzed by fear. We have to make mistakes in order to learn and to grow.

Mistakes are only detrimental if you keep repeating them without learning and correcting your ways.

Are you making any of these mistakes?

1. Not knowing where you want to go with your career.

I’m not talking about the need to have a specific plan, but I’ve noticed how few artists, especially when they’re just starting out, don’t “get” that running a business is serious stuff. You’re no longer making art for pure pleasure.

Everything changes when you start asking for money in return for your talents. For some artists, it changes for the better and you’re fired up to get your art out there. Other artists can’t stomach the pressure and lose all interest in making art. They can’t seem to get into the studio.

07 May 2015

Last Portrait of Turk

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Figure Drawing Using The Buddy System

A friend and I use the buddy system to get ourselves out to a local life drawing session, and I show my sketches. It’s great to get out to a life drawing session. It is a bit like going to the gym in that I find it helps to keep my hands and eyes in shape. Just […]

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05 May 2015

Arctic Adventure

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