30 August 2016
23 August 2016
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.
21 August 2016
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.
Free download from Archive.org: Cartooning Self-Taught
07 August 2016
04 August 2016
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.
Thomas Moran, The Great Blue Spring of the Lower Geyser Basin, Library of Congress Washington, DC
Thomas Moran, The Castle Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin, watercolor on paper, 1871, Yellowstone National Park
Thomas Moran, Above Tower Falls, watercolor and gouache on paper, 1871, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Thomas Moran, In the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, watercolor on paper, July 1871, National Park Service
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
Find more of Moran's work here.
Read part of Moran's journal from his time at Yellowstone.
Do you have a favorite park?
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.
[Via The Verge]