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Portrait Maude Fealy, the first in a silent movie actress series.

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I’m Starting a silently film actress series of drawings. This is the first in the series, the actresses name is Maude Fealy. These will be done in Pastels and the fine details in colored pencils. I have about two more weeks of work on my swordsman painting. I’m working on skin tones and highlights now so progress is picking up. I still need to work on the footpath leading into the city.

Thanks for stopping by and stay healthy,

Bill

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Update to Gesture drawing hell 101.



Image (Rembrandt.fallhut) courtesy of Wikipedia.

This is an update post to the Welcome to Gesture drawing hell 101 that I posted quite a few years ago. I’ll add some new sites and remove some sites that don’t exist anymore.

Here are my resources:

Quickposes

I just found this one a few weeks ago. Whats good here is you can do a hands, head or even feet session along with the regular full bodied gesture poses (clothed or not clothed).

Onairvideo or Croquis Cafe

This a Youtube channel offering videos of models in timed poses. I find this helpful because you can see the model move and sort of see the muscles under the skin. Also there is a link to their web site where you can find a archive of photos model posing, which can be helpful when you need or are looking for that certain pose for a project.

Proko.com

Stan Prokopenko, he’s an artist and art teacher. He has created a site with an insane amount of free and pay-for information, including great instruction videos, explaining gesture drawing and how to get started gesture drawing. If your new to gesture drawing look here first. Also many videos covering the head, nose, ear and mouth definitely worth taking a look.

Posemaniacs.com

The models that they used are not real people. Some people contest that the anatomy isn’t right, by some of the models. But I find the site good for gesture training. It’s also possible to load different “models” and turn them to the view that you want them. This is handy when you’re working on something and you don’t have a human reference handy, one can find something similar to the pose that you need and use it as reference, very handy. The advantage this site has is there is no nudity; one can slip in a gesture drawing session at work without worrying if your colleagues or boss “happens” to look what you’re doing.

Pixelovely.com

Very cool site, loads of models, (nudes and clothed).

If you know of any cool or other similar sites please leave a comment.

So, get out your pencils and paper, turn off your thoughts.

Keep drawing,

Bill

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5 art Blogs you should follow

Hi people , I’m glad you could all look in. Heres my list of blog I consider to be, the art blogs one should at least look in at least once a week, if not daily. So, instead of me sitting here and “schwetzen,” heres my list.

 

1. Muddy Colors

This is a group of guys and girls who are leaders in the illustration business today. Definitely worth looking in everyday.

http://muddycolors.blogspot.de

 

2. Gurneyjourney

This is Mr. Gurney’s blog which is updated daily. Mr. Gurney is famous for his Dinotopia books among others. Anyone who has read National Geographic will recognize some of his paintings if not all of dinosaurs or historical themed paintings. A wealth of knowledge is at this blog and Mr. Gurney is constantly creating new material or even tutorials. Also his book should be in every aspiring artist bookshelf.

http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.de

3. Lines and Colors

This a blog written by Mr. Parker, who himself is painting a day artist. In his own words:

Lines and Colors is a blog about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, gallery art, artist tools and techniques, motion graphics, animation, sci-fi and fantasy illustration, paleo art, storyboards, matte painting, 3d graphics and anything else I find visually interesting. If it has lines and/or colors, it’s fair game.

http://linesandcolors.com

 

4. Ctrl+Painting

Control Painting is instructional digital painting blog written by a Mr. Kohr. There is wealth of knowledge here, videos and blog posts. Mr. Kohr is a good teacher and the videos and the whole blog is worth exploring.

http://www.ctrlpaint.com

 

5. Paintingstufftolooklikestuff

This is blog written by Mr. Gluck and Mrs. Stone, who are also married. The blog is very informative and and they have very good sense of humor which makes it a lot of fun it read.

http://paintingstufftolooklikestuff.blogspot.de

 

So thats my list of “must read blog.” If you have any more leave a coment, it would great to hear from you.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

 

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The more dangerous of the Species.

The more Dangerous of the species-web

I wanted to do something with sharks, so here it is. The question is; is she with the sharks or are the sharks hunting her? To tell the truth, I don’t know myself. I like to thinks she’s with the sharks, that she’s just as dangerous. Graphite and pitt pastels. I also wanted to set a direction for my work. I wanted to get back to my fantasy and sci-fy roots, back to what inspires me.

Thanks for taking a look,

Bill

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1 Million Illustrations posted by the British Library.

 

The British Library posted 1 million Victorian era illustrations to Flickr. This is definitely worth an hour or two.

Here’s the link: Flickr

Thanks for looking in and happy browsing,

Bill

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Painting: Autumn Rain on Leaves

Autumn Rain On Leaves-WebI finished this painting last week. In September I went outside after it rained and took a few pictures of leaves with water drops on them in the hopes of finding a good subject to paint. I’m going to be doing more “small” paintings 20 x 20 cm.

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Bill

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Update to Gesture drawing hell 101.



Image (Rembrandt.fallhut) courtesy of Wikipedia.

This is an update post to the Welcome to Gesture drawing hell 101 that I posted last year. I’ll add some new sites and remove some sites that don’t exist anymore.

At the beginning of the year I wanted to do 1000 gesture drawings, thinking I could master this within a couple of weeks. I now, looking back, I see how naive I was, something like this takes years. I did get to 400 though and notice my drawing and painting had gotten better. I still plan to do the rest 600 also, I have the 400 on my shelf waiting to get completed.

Here are my resources:

Proko.com

Stan Prokopenko, he’s an artist and art teacher. He has created a site with an insane amount of free and pay-for information, including great instruction videos, explaining gesture drawing and how to get started gesture drawing. If your new to gesture drawing look here first. Also many videos covering the head, nose, ear and mouth definitely worth taking a look.

Posemaniacs.com

The models that they used are not real people. Some people contest that the anatomy isn’t right, by some of the models. But I find the site good for gesture training. It’s also possible to load different “models” and turn them to the view that you want them. This is handy when you’re working on something and you don’t have a human reference handy, one can find something similar to the pose that you need and use it as reference, very handy. The advantage this site has is there is no nudity; one can slip in a gesture drawing session at work without worrying if your colleagues or boss “happens” to look what you’re doing.

Pixelovely.com

Very cool site, loads of models, nudes and “Descent,.

If you know of any cool or other similar sites please leave a comment.

So, get out your pencils and paper, turn off your thoughts.

Keep drawing,

Bill

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Banksy’s art residency in New York.

I’ve been following Banksy’s blog: Better Out Than In. Every day he’s leaving Graffiti or something else on the streets of New York and then posting it on his blog. For me this is better then American Idol or Next top Model. This man is a true artist.

Thanks for dropping in,

Bill

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What I’m working on in September.

Becky-2weeksGreetings to all. I started this graphite drawing of my niece two weeks ago. You might be able to see her in next years “Germany’s Next Top-Model” if she gets accepted (I think she will). I like the direction this is going, I might do something different with the background, instead of just black, I was thinking maybe a Japanese or Chinese landscape.

Underpainting-SollerI also started this oil under-painting of Port de Soller from an old vacation photo. This painting is now at the point were I start thinking to myself, “oh my God what did I get myself into here.” Which is good, because I know that I’m working outside of my comfort-zone.  That’s me pushing my oldest son in his buggy to the right in the picture.

Thanks for taking a look,

Bill

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Drawing old portraits.

Old-FacesI’m getting into drawing old, weathered faces. You can see the muscles and bones under the skin and one can see how the face is “built.” I drew this as practice trying out some Charcoal pencils that I had bought about two months ago. I first started in Charcoal and then added detail in graphite.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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