Ferdinand Knab

Ferdinand Knab, 19th century romanticised paintings of classical ruins in landscape

Ferdinand Knab, 19th century romanticised paintings of classical ruins in landscape

Ferdinand Knab was a German painter active in the latter half of the 19th century.

He trained as an architect, but after working in the field for two years, he left to devote himself to architectural painting. Aside from that, I can find little information and only a few image resources.

Knab frequently focused on romanticized visions of classical buildings or ruins in landscape, often framed with dramatic sunsets.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Sargent charcoal portrait drawing

Portrait of Ernest Schelling. John Singer Sargent, charcoal on paper

Portrait of Ernest Schelling. John Singer Sargent, charcoal on paper (details)

Portrait of Ernest Schelling, John Singer Sargent

Charcoal on paper, roughly 24 x 18 inches (62 x 47 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, NY (use zoom or download links above and below image on their page).

Many people are aware of Sargent’s stunning society portraits and his brilliant personal watercolors, but less well known are the hundreds of charcoal portrait drawings.

Sargent’s charcoal portraits are marvels of economy an draftsmanship.

The Morgan Library in New York is having a show devoted to them in October of this year. In the meanwhile, here is one from their collection.

 
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Michal Orlowski

Michal Orlowski, watercolor

Michal Orlowski, watercolors

Michal Orlowski is a Polish watercolor painter who is the founder of the Creosfera atelier and one of the cofounders of the Polish Watercolor Association.

Orlowski’s training as an architect shows in his solid draftsmanship and handling of perspective, along with is general fondness for architectural subjects. His confident, almost casual rendering gives his cityscape compositions a light, airy touch.

I particularly admire his handling of stone and block buildings, and the play of light and shadow in his portrayal of small angular European streets.

On his website you will find galleries of watercolors, drawings and architectural renderings. However, I found the image viewer on his site to be problematic (at least in Chrome and Safari for Mac); if you have similar display problems, it may be easier to browse through examples of his work on his deviantART gallery.

You can also see some examples of Orlowski’s work on Vexels blog and Art of Day.

In the “Lessons” section of Orlowski’s website, you will find some video tutorials and time lapse drawing process examples. There is a more extensive selsection on his creosfera YouTube channel.

 
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