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This daily weblog by Dinotopia creator James Gurney is for illustrators, plein-air painters, sketchers, comic artists, animators, art students, and writers. You'll find practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums.

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Segrelles Exhibition in Valencia


Segrelles Exhibition in Valencia
A new exhibition of José Segrelles (1885-1969) has opened in Valencia (Spain). 

It's called "Segrelles y Blasco: dibujando las palabras" ("Segrelles and Blasco: drawing the words").

The exhibition will be on view at the Casa Museo Blasco Ibáñez from October 27 2022 to March 19 2023.

Curator José Enrique Segrelles (great-nephew of the artist) says the show includes 24 monochromes of Segrelles created between 1921 and 1924 to illustrate four Blasco Ibáñez’ novels.

José Segrelles is a good artist to study for mood and mystery.

More about him on Wikipedia 

Tower of Skulls

Segrelles Exhibition in Valencia

Your Thoughts About The Wienermobile

The 1952 Wienermobile was my subject for a gouache study at the Henry Ford Museum

Your Thoughts About The Wienermobile

You can ask me about how I'm going about the painting of it—or you could tell your story about your own encounter with a Wienermobile—via this Speakpipe link and I'll try to include some question and comments in an upcoming YouTube video.

Your Thoughts About The Wienermobile

Your Thoughts About The Wienermobile

Your Thoughts About The Wienermobile
Your Thoughts About The Wienermobile
Your Thoughts About The Wienermobile

Send me your question via Speakpipe
Wienermobile on Wikipedia

Fantasy Art at Flint

Fantasy art gets a good showing in Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, which is currently hosting "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration" through January 8. 

Fantasy Art at Flint

One of the images blown up to wall size is Red Dragon by Tyler Jacobson, 2014. 

Fantasy Art at Flint

There are original paintings and drawings by artists such as Arthur Rackham (above), Howard Pyle, Frank Frazetta, NC Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Anna Dittmann, Gary Gianni, and Victo Ngai.

Fantasy Art at Flint

Two of my paintings are in the show, Garden of Hope and Skeleton Pirate.

Fantasy Art at Flint

Tony Diterlizzi and I demonstrate the startle reflex of the Horsfield's Tarsier. 

Fantasy Art at Flint

We were joined by museum director Tracee Glab, FIA curator Rachael Holstege, Norman-Rockwell Museum-Curator Jesse Kowalski, and Art Historian Alice Carter.

"Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration" will be on view through January 8. 

If you can't make it to Michigan, there's a gorgeous catalog.

Clipping and Halation

 This photo, taken yesterday at the Flint Institute of the Arts in Michigan, is a good example of clipping and halation,

Clipping and Halation
The sunlight enters the room through a big window, edge lighting the two figures and leaving a bright trapezoid on the floor. 

The light is so bright that the camera's sensor overloads and goes to pure white, a phenomenon photographers call "clipping." It has the same effect on our retinas, though our eyes can adapt to far greater extremes of illumination than the camera sensor.

Because of the extreme brightness and a dirty or imperfect lens, the lines in the floor disappear when they cross into the patch of light, and there's a light glow around the edge of the light patch.

Lightbox Expo 2022

On the final day of Lighbox Expo I painted the huge yellow letters out in front of the Pasadena Convention Center.


It stayed overcast all day, which meant the light on the surfaces of he letters was fairly constant.
 

Artists from all over the world and with all sorts of stories hung out as I painted. They asked good questions about brushes, paints (I'm using gouache), perspective, skyholes, and the adventure of painting on location.


One person asked "Have you ever been kicked out of a painting spot?" 

The answer is Yes! By a security guard, a harbormaster, and an angry nun in Tuscany. 

More at the previous post about "Gamestoppers." 

Corner Shop, Final

 

Corner Shop, Final

Here's the finished study of the Corner Shop in Dun Laoghaire, with the light bouncing off the shiny road surface. The light here is whiter than the light I painted for the night scene of the caffé earlier.

Segrelles Exhibition in ValenciaStuck on a Zoom Call? Sketch!Final Touches of White Your Thoughts About The WienermobileFantasy Art at FlintClipping and HalationFlying Over AdairBurgess Shale FaunaLightbox Expo 2022Corner Shop, Final

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