Thursday, October 31, 2013

Drawing Plain Jane's Planes



The understanding of planes will create solidity and a sense of volume in your drawings, painting or sculpture.

To help find planes, place a spot light at a 45 degree angle above the model. Where the light meets the dark on the form indicates the turning from one plane to the next (disregard shadows). Highlights live on the edge of planes.

For more plane talk from this blog go here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

William J. Aylward

1875 ~ 1956
Illustrations are from Scribner's, Century, Harper's, McClure's
or other such magazines ~ 1904-1917

                        These have been rescanned from the Golden Age Blog

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Walt Disney Photostat Model Sheets

Photostats Model Sheets were extremely important in the making of an animated film. The term photostat refers to the copying process which was used at that time, usually a photographic or Printing Process. Photostats were made from original model sheet drawings showing the characters in many poses. Once Produced, the photostats would be given to the various departments to insure consistency among all of the animators working on a project. The number of photostats needed would vary with each production. They represent a wonderful window into the production process of an animated project.

  These photostats and and their description are from the  Van Eaton Galleries website.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

naked nymph at Garret's Glen

8.5"x 11' pencil drawing on bond paper

click on pic for sharp image
I was fortunate enough to observe the rarely seen annual Spring Dance of the naked nymph over in Garret’s Glen. (it’s always Spring Time in Garret’s Glen)

acrylic painting on board of same size


Friday, October 25, 2013

John Scott Williams

Originally posted by  David Clemons from the, Today's Inspiration Facebook Group

"The Pettingbird Infare"
Scribner's Magazine, 1911

Men of War, Collier’s magazine cover

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Joe DeMers

Joe DeMers

                                         IMAGES COURTESY OF FLICKR

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tony DeZuniga

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tony DeZuniga (November 8, 1932 – May 11, 2012)[1] was a Filipino comics artist and illustrator best known for his works for DC Comics, who co-created the fictional character, Jonah Hex and Black Orchid with John Albano.
DeZuniga was the first Filipino comic book artist whose work was accepted by American publishers, paving the way for many other Filipino artists to do break into the international comic book industry.


                   borrowed from, Comic Art  Fan

Saturday, October 19, 2013

John La Gatta

From 100 years of Illustration and design                                                                         From

Friday, October 18, 2013

Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, 1738–1814)

Nymph and Satyr Carousing, 18th century (ca. 1780–90)
Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, 1738–1814)
French (Paris)
                                                                                       H. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm)

Before a bronze, plaster or marble statue can be produced, a clay original must be created. Many alterations in form take place during the production of these copies.
  The resulting statue is at best a two, three or fourth generation away from the original as it passes though the production processes.
Historically, craftsmen/artisans were responsible for the mold making, enlargements, bronze casting and marble carving.
The studies and models made of terracotta have been destroyed over the years during the production process and due to their fragile nature.
However during the mid 1750 to 1850's collecting these clay originals and studies became the rage for collectors. These were now looked upon as worthy artworks in themselves.  Artists then started producing terracotta artwork for sale as finished pieces.
So, I say forget about the cheap imitation in bronze, plaster and marble and go take a look at the source and “real McCoy”, the clay original.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741–1828)

           From the Art Institute of Chicago

Benjamin Franklin, c. 1778
Brush and brown ink, brown wash, with traces of black chalk, on ivory laid paper, laid down on ivory laid paper
278 x 239 mm
Inscribed lower left: "B. Franklin"

Downloaded from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), 18th century (1778)
Jean-Antoine Houdon (French, 1741–1828)
French (Paris)
H. with base 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm), H. without base 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)
Gift of John Bard, 1872 (72.6)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal; 1697–1768)

                                          Rescanned from The Morgan website. Go there to get zoom control for close up viewing

 Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal; 1697–1768)
Architectural Capriccio
Pen and brown ink, with gray wash, over graphite and traces of black chalk
11 1/4 x 8 1/16 inches (286 x 204 mm)
Gift of János Scholz; 1973.48

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Unsigned Art

  These top two scans are borrowed  from the, "Todays inspiration facebook group blog"
                              The bottom two are from .........somewhere

Most illustrators rarely got credit for their illustrations. They also did not own the rights to these images nor the illustrations themselves.
Many of these advertising illustrations have been lost, and destroyed over the years by the ad agencies and publishers.