Eye Candy for Today: Jacob de Gheyn pen drawing

Chestnut Tree with some trees around it, Jacob de Gheyn, ink and chalk drawing

Chestnut Tree with some trees around it, Jacob de Gheyn, ink and chalk drawing (details)

Chestnut Tree with some trees around it, Jacob de Gheyn (II)

Ink and chalk drawing, roughly 15 x 10 inches (36 x 25 cm), in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, which has a zoomable version on the website. You can download high-res images if you get a free Rijksstudio account.

Dutch painter and printmaker jacob de Gheyn II, who was active in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, had a wonderful drawing style, both bold and subtle at the same time.

I had the pleasure of seeing this drawing in person some years ago (at the Morgan Library, I think) and I was really taken with the way De Gheyn used his pen lines both to create texture and to define the volume of the tree. I love the contrast between the areas of trough bark and the smooth section on the trunk and under the branch that faces us.

The figure (presumably that of another artist sketching) is almost incidental, but still holds visual interest, particularly in the folds of the coat.

 
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Greg Rutkowski

Greg Rutkowski, concept art, illustration, fantasy art, dragons, Magic: the Gathering

Greg Rutkowski, concept art, illustration, fantasy art, dragons, Magic: the Gathering

Greg Rutkowski is a freelance concept artist and illustrator from Poland, whose clients include Wizards of the Coast.

Among his other fantasy subjects, Rutkowski paints terrific dragons, with a feeling of leathery textures and lots of creative variations.

His digital paintings often have a nicely naturalistic and textural painterly approach. In addition to his concept pieces you’ll find digital paintings of landscapes in his online portfolio and deviantART gallery.

Rutkowski has digital painting tutorials available through Gumroad, along with downloadable Photoshop brushes. You can find previews and other videos on his YouTube channel.

He also has prints available through deviantArt, and (larger, if I understand correctly) through Displate.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat, John Reinhard Weguelin

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat, John Reinhard Weguelin, 19th century Victorian painting

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat, John Reinhard Weguelin, 19th century Victorian painting (details)

The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat, John Reinhard Weguelin

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; high-res downloadable image on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Auckland Art Gallery.

Victorian art lovers were fascinated with ancient cultures and settings, particularly those of ancient Egypt, and this image of obsequies (funeral rites) for the mummy of a household cat fills the bill.

There are lots of appealing details in the vases stands and offerings, as well as the extensive set of hieroglyphs on the wall. I like the stairs, statuary and glimpse of daylight through the entrance at the upper right.

 
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Joseph Mugniani

Joseph Mugniani, science fiction illustration, Ray Bradbury

Joseph Mugniani, science fiction illustration, Ray Bradbury

Joseph Mugniani was an Italian/American artist, printmaker and illustrator active in the 20th century.

He is best known for his illustrations for the works of Ray Bradbury, who was also his longtime friend. Mugniani was also the author of several books on drawing and painting (Amazon link).

I particularly enjoy his darkly textural lithographs.

The best source I’ve seen for images of Mugniani’s work is this article on Monster Brains.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Christen Købke landscape

The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist's Studio on Blegdammen, Christen Kobke, oil painting on paper

The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist's Studio on Blegdammen, Christen Købke, oil painting on paper (details)

The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist’s Studio on Blegdammen, Christen Købke

Oil on paper laid on canvas, roughly 9 x 13 inches (22 x 33 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Denmark.

I love the odd angle at which he’s approached the building, the compressed indication of the sunlit side and the curve of the bush cradled in the curve of the stairs. There is just something pleasingly gestural about the whole painting, though it’s grounded in solid draftsmanship.

 
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