Luigi Marchione

Luigi Marchione, concept art, set design, digital plein air
Luigi Marchione is an Italian concept artist, stage set designer and art director who brings to his work a wonderful feeling of Renaissance and Baroque art.

Though he sometimes works in traditional media — such as soft pastel, charcoal and graphite powder on prepared paper — the majority of the pieces are digital painting done in Photoshop and Painter, including a number of examples of digital plein air painting.

I particularly enjoy his beautiful interiors — rich with the feeling of interiors by the Dutch and Italian Baroque masters, filled with light and texture that, on closer examination, are briefly noted and masterfully suggested.

To me, he appears to have a particular admiration for Dutch interiors, like those of Pieter de Hooch, which comes through in compositions in which doors open into additional rooms and spaces, each with its own character of light.

Marchione’s practice of digital location painting informs his concept art and set designs, giving them an immediate, naturalistic feeling — even those in which he evokes the character of past centuries.

Eye Candy for Today: Aegidius Sadeler rhino

Fable of the Rhinoceros and Elephants, Aegidius Sadeler, etching, Rijksmuseum
Fable of the Rhinoceros and Elephants, Aegidius Sadeler

Etching, roughly 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (96x112mm), 1608. In the Rijksmuseum.

Today — I am informed in a tweet from the Rijksmusem — is World Rhino Day. In celebration they point to a selection of rhino images from their collection, from which I focused on this wonderful etching by Aegidius Sadeler.

Not only is the exotic beast made more so by Sadeler’s marvelously textural line work, the fairly-tale like elephants and elegantly rendered tree are a bonus.

Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery 2015

Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery 2015: Whalen, Rebecca Tait, Nancy Boren, Pamela Wilson
Women Painting Women is the title and subject of a group show at the RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY, that runs from October 10 to November 4, 2015.

The large example images on the gallery’s own website are watermarked to an extent that renders them essentially pointless. However, there is a selection of unmarked and zoomable images on the gallery’s Artsy page.

(Images above: Yana Movchan, Andrea Kowch, Beth Sistrunck, Deborah Chapin, Teresa Elliott, Rae Whalen, Rebecca Tait, Nancy Boren, Pamela Wilson)

Craig Drake

Craig Drake, posters, Star Wars
Craig Drake is an artist and designer who worked for a long time at Lucasfilm.

He has recently created a series of posters of characters from Star Wars, as well as other movies and aspects of pop culture. These are rendered in a sleek, minimalist style, with precise but fluid lines and flat areas of carefully controlled color.

You can see his admiration for the classic minimalist work of Patrick Nagel, particularly in some of the images that are not pop culture icons, just women’s faces.

Drake has collected a number of his poster images into a book, simply titled Craig Drake: Volume I, that is available now for pre-order through Hero Complex Gallery for shipping the week of October 12. It will also be available in person at the upcoming 2015 New York Comic-Con.

[Via io9]

Gherardo Cibo’s 16th century watercolor illustrations of medicinal herbs

Gherardo Cibos 16th century watercolor illustrations of medicinal herbs
De Materia Medica is a Greek manual on herbal medicine written by Pedanius Dioscorides in the first century.

It was re-issued in the 16th century in an expanded version with annotations by Italian physician Pietro Andrea Mattioli. This version featured illustrations by the artist Gherardo Cibo, who was noted for his interest in botany and detailed renderings of plants.

Cibo’s illustrations show the expected close ups of the plant forms, but they are set against delightful background scenes of towns, ports, mountainsides and people engaged in various activities, including gathering plants. Aside from the latter activity, I don’t know if there is any connection between the depicted background scenes and the nature of the plants or their medicinal uses.

[Via Slate]

Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Palmer’s waterfalls

Pistil Mawddach, North Wales; watercolor and gouache; The Waterfalls, Pistil Mawddach, North Wales
oil; Samuel Palmer
Pistil Mawddach, North Wales; watercolor and gouache, Yale Center for British Art; The Waterfalls, Pistil Mawddach, North Wales, oil, Tate, Britain; Samuel Palmer

Though both are striking, I find 19th century artist Samuel Palmer’s watercolor and gouache study of this dramatic landscape even more compelling than his finished oil.

The watercolor is 17×21 inches (44x53cm), the oil is smaller at 16×10 inches (40x26cm).