Saturday, October 25, 2014

Paul Bürde

Paul Bürde 

(Germany, 1819-1874)

Charcoal on paper, laid down
Sheet: 17 x 13 5/8 in. (43.18 x 34.61 cm)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Frank Frazetta

his magnificent partially inked re-do intended for the unpublished
Shock Illustrated #4 ~ 1956

           for more Frank on this blog go here

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paul Gavarni

(French, 1804-1866)

iron gall ink with red ink heightened with white on brown, medium thick, slightly textured wove paper 

H: 9 7/16 x W: 7 3/16 in. (24 x 18.2 cm)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Édouard de Beaumont

  Vous Permettez ?

 (French, 1821-1888) 


 watercolor with graphite underdrawing and white heightening on cream, moderately-thick, smooth paper. H: 7 11/16 x W: 6 3/4 in. (19.6 x 17.1 cm)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eduard Julius Friedrich Bendemann

Allegorical Figure of Music

(German, 1811-1889)

pencil on paper
H: 10 1/16 x W: 5 1/2 in. (25.6 x 13.9 cm) 

 Bendemann served as a professor at the Düsseldorf Academy from 1839 to 1855. He painted murals for the Throne Room of the Palace at Düsseldorf, where he also decorated several concert halls.

Monday, October 20, 2014

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)

The Flagellation of Christ

ca. 1881

 William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905)
charcoal on gray, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper  
 Sheet: H: 17 × W: 11 3/4 in. (43.2 × 29.8 cm)

image and text from: art.thewalters

Viewers today are struck by the overtly sexual nature of the work, which is, in part, the result of its intimate scale and monochromatic treatment. The emphatic handling of the contours, the precise modeling that articulates the male anatomy of the executioners, the strict profile and rigid pose of the man just off center contrasted with the limp body of Christ and the arrangement of heavily draped voyeurs hint at something vaguely homoerotic. Many critics of the period noted with some alarm the youth and feminine abandon of the Christ figure. And it is worth mentioning that late 19th-century slang for a young male prostitute was "petit Jesus." The connection between sensuality, sadism, and religious fervor apparent in this drawing is shared with more exotic works, such as Bida's "Ceremony of Dosseh" (WAM 37.901).



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bruce Bushman

A Disney Artist's Designs for a Hanna Barbera Land

Fantastic concept art for a never-built Hanna Barbera Land by Disney concept/layout artist Bruce Bushman (1911-1972). 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paul Gavarni

 (French, 1804-1866) 

Transparent watercolor with graphite underdrawing, brown iron gall ink and red ink on cream, moderately thick, smooth wove paper 

 H: 13 1/8 x W: 8 3/8 in. (33.3 x 21.2 cm)

Highly ambiguous, this drawing can be read in a number of ways, and the caption only serves to make the image more enigmatic. The central character of this vignette wears an elaborate costume and covers his mouth in a gesture of deep contemplation. We are given access to his thoughts: "I have hurt Pamela." But if the dancing girl behind him is Pamela, she looks anything but hurt! Either Pamela is not really hurt, and the man is presumptuous in his belief that she is, or this woman is the object of Pamela's disaffection. The lack of any setting further enhances the mystery. Although it is called "Actors," a title curators assigned it when they originally catalogued it into the collection in the 1930s, there is nothing to indicate that this is a scene from a play, and it could just as easily represent an event during carnival season or a masquerade ball.

Drawing and text from: The Walters Museum

Friday, October 17, 2014



53 x 39 cm (21 x 15 ½ inches) pencil and ink on board signed lower right (overall board size is 28 ¼ x 22 ¼ inches).

Charles Gates Sheldon (1889 - 1960) studied at the Art Students League in New York, under Alphonse Mucha in Paris, and then set up his own studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Sheldon painted a large number of portraits of female beauties on magazine covers (Screenland, Woman's Home Companion, Collier's Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Photoplay...), adverts and other illustrations like high fashion portraits for Woman's Home Companion and Theater magazine.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pruett Carter

 thumbnail rough
Pruett Carter (1891-1955)

For more information about this artist and the process used to create this magazine illustration go to gurneyjourney where these images were pilfered

 pencil underlay for the color sketch

color comp

                                                  finished illustration

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Weenies


The Weenies

A concept was developed in 1983 by Mel Birnkrant, Mike Strouth, and Kiscom, and then purchased by Coleco, but got cancelled. Click on the weenies link for more information.


 Garret's bronze weenie sculpture 9"x 5"x 2.5"

Monday, October 13, 2014

Winslow Homer

""Banks Fishermen or "Herring Net".", 1884

Winslow Homer

black, brown and white chalk, brush and white gouache on green laid paper
 2.3 x 52.3 cm (16 5/8 x 20 9/16 in.)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

C. D.Gedney,

  • Title: Pencil drawing : shack near stream
  • Creator(s): Gedney, C. D., artist
  • Date Created/Published: [between 1872 and 1887]
  • Medium: 1 drawing : pencil and ink wash.
  • Summary: Drawing shows a ramshackle house behind a small stream.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Franz Kline


Figure Eight -

Franz Kline


Franz Kline - Photo by Aaron Siskind

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Charles-André van Loo


Charles-André van Loo (1705–1765)

Kopf einer jungen Frau im Profil nach links
Date before
Medium sanguine on laid paper
Dimensions 38 × 29.2 cm (15 × 11.5 in)