Lines and Colors art blog

Month: March 2007

  • Antonello da Messina (Antonello di Giovanni d’Antonio)

    I will persist in my assertion that the early masters of oil painting were the special effects wizards of their day, astonishing those who viewed their works with the rich colors, brilliant luminosity and uncanny level of detail made possible by the new medium. Not that there aren’t wondrously beautiful works done in tempera (Botticelli…

  • Ito Shinsui

    Ito Shinsui was a Japanese printmaker who, like his contemporaries Hiroshi Yoshida and Kawase Hasui, was part of the Shin Hanga movement in the early 20th Century. (In writing these artist’s names, I’m using the Western convention of putting the given name first.) Shin Hanga was essentially a revival of the art of Ukiyo-e woodblock…

  • Edmond Alexander and Cynthia Turner

    Even within the illustration community, which is itself often dissed by the fine arts world, medical illustration, like botanical illustration and architectural rendering, just doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Good medical illustration, to my eye, can be as exciting and visually fascinating as the most far out science fiction illustration or movie concept art…

  • Shaun Tan

    Shaun Tan is an Australian artist who creates and illustrates “picture books“, which in his case usually means wonderfully bizarre and imaginative flights of fancy that look, at least at first, like somewhat dark children’s fantasy, but are often aimed at both younger and older readers. He sometimes works with a writer, as in the…

  • Adam Rex

    Adam Rex is an illustrator living here in Philadelphia who does fantasy themed and children’s book illustration for clients like Harcourt, Penguin, Knopf and a number of periodicals. Rex received the the Jack Gaugan Award for Best Emerging Artist, named for the noted Science Fiction artist, in 2005. He has also done a number of…

  • Thomas Paquette

    When I first saw Thomas Paquette’s small gouache paintings on the web a couple of years ago, my initial thought was that I wanted to see them bigger. I didn’t realize at the time that I was looking at them almost life size. His gouache paintings (image above, bottom row) tend to be quite small,…