Sunday, April 3, 2016

Shinji Tsuchimochi’s 100 Views of Tokyo

Shinji Tsuchimochi's 100 Views of Tokyo
The name of Japanese illustrator Shinji Tsuchimochi’s series of drawings, “100 Views of Tokyo“, is of course a reference to the well known series of 19th century woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” (AKA Tokyo).

Tsuchimochi’s colorful, sometimes straightforward but often fanciful drawings of his home city owe as much to anime, manga and European and American comics as they do to Ukiyo-e prints, and therein lies much of their charm.

[Via Rocket News 24]


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Eye Candy for Today: François-Louis Français landscape

A Stream through a Dense Forest, Francois-Louis Francais, watercolor and gouache landscape
A Stream through a Dense Forest, François-Louis Français

Watercolor and gouache with pen and ink; roughly 18×14″ (46x34cm).

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC, which also has a zoomable version as well as downloadable images (free registration required for largest file size).

This beautifully naturalistic forest scene is one of the recently acquired landscape watercolors highlighted in a show at the NGA in 2014.

Though your eye is intended to travel back into the depth of the painting’s bright center, I love the subtle value relationships in the darker passages.


Friday, April 1, 2016

“Made in California” at Arcadia Contemporary

Made in California at Arcadia Contemporary
Arcadia Contemporary, a long-time bastion of representational art in New York’s SoHo gallery district, has just moved to Santa Monica California. They are opening their first exhibition there with a group show of seven artists they represent who are based in California.

Made in California” opens tomorrow, Saturday April 2, 2016 with an opening reception from 5-8pm.

The show will be on view until April 23, 2016.

You can view the Issuu Preview Catalog of the show here. (Use the full-sceen arrows at bottom right.)

(Images above: Jeremy Lipking, Vincent Xeus, Aron Wiesenfeld, Michael Chapman, John Brosio. John Wentz, Julio Reyes)


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Eye Candy for Today: Romà Ribera’s De soirée

De soiree, Roma Ribera
De soirée (“Evening”), Romà Ribera

Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC, Barcelona.

Beautifully economical and richly painterly, Ribera’s portrayal of a young woman engaged in simple activity is a quiet captured moment.

It’s interesting to compare his handling of the face, hair and figure in this work to the softer handling in his painting, Woman in Evening Gown, which I featured in a previous Eye Candy post.


Forms in Nature

Forms in Nature, animation
Forms in Nature is an animated short film (2 minutes) in which natural and man-made forms are compared and contrasted within a carefully constrained and artfully orchestrated set of design parameters.

Largely focused on a central circle, the most basic of geometric forms, the images follow one another, often in shared screen transitions, in a way that encourages thoughtful and pleasurable re-viewing.

The vector art is beautifully realized and the entire animation is a visual and intellectual delight.

Intended as part of what I hope is a larger series, the production is credited to “Chromosphere“, a collaborative effort by Kevin Dart, Stéphane Coëdel, David Kamp, and Nelson Boles.

You can see more of their work here.

There is an extensive page devoted to the making of Forms in Nature on Motionographer.

[Via Cartoon Brew]


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Michael Workman

Michael Workman
Utah based artist Michael Workman uses soft edges, rough shapes and muted value contrasts to cast his depictions of the plains, mountains and farmland of his home state in a quiet, poetic naturalism.

His compositions, which sometimes walk the line between abstraction and representation, are often strongly geometric, perhaps owing in part to his early role as an architectural illustrator.

I particularly enjoy those works in which his subjects alternately dissolve into the background and resolve into more definite shapes, allowing your eye to fill in more detail than is actually present.