Friday, May 27, 2016

Children’s Book Illustrations from British Library

Children's Book Illustrations from British Library
As part of the huge trove of public domain images being posted on Flicker — which I reported in 2013 — the British Library has assemble a large collection of children’s book illustrations.

As is often the case with these kinds of large scale image resources, best results come from a bit of patience and digging.

Some of the illustrations are not directly attributed to the artists, but reference is given to the books from which they were taken.

[Via DCAD Library and Century Past History on Twitter]


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Elizabeth Rickert

Elizabeth Rickert
Elizabeth Rickert is a New Mexico based artist who paints landscapes, water gardens, florals, fruits and birds’ nests, but in particular intimate compositions of grasses and other low-to-the-ground plants.

These are rendered with sensitive detail and infused with gentle light, giving them in inviting, luminous quality.

Her paintings are larger in scale than you might assume from viewing the relatively small images on her website, and are likely quite immersive in person.

I particularly admire the way Rickert has handled the value relationships in the layered compositions of grasses. She accomplishes a challenging feat of visual organization as well as finding surprising visual charm in such humble subjects.

There is an article on Parka Blogs about her art tools.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Illuminating Tarbell

Illuminating Tarbell
Illuminating Tarbell” is the title of an exhibition of the work of the terrific American painter Edmund Charles Tarbell that is on view at Discover Portsmouth, in Portsmouth NH until June 3, 2016. It features a concurrent exhibit of contemporary painters working in the tradition of Tarbell.

There is a page with images from the show, that are nice sized when enlarged or downloaded.

There is also a book: Illuminating Tarbell: Life and Art on the Piscataqua and Legacy in Action, available online from the museum website.

There is an article about the show on InCollect.

For more, see my previous Lines and Colors posts on Edmund Tarbell.


Eye Candy for Today: Thomas Moran’s Falls at Toltec Gorge

Falls at Toltec Gorge, Thomas Moran
Falls at Toltec Gorge, Thomas Moran

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; 1000 Museums has version online that you can download here; original is in the Oklahoma City Museum (no collections online).

When Moran turns his Turner-influenced eye to the rough textures of the American landscape, the results are usually amazing. I love Hudson River school landscapes like this that incorporate strong foregrounds, making them simultaneously grand and intimate.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Charles Lee

Charles Lee, visual development artist
Charles Lee is a visual development artist who has worked with Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainments, Sony Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Obsidian and Spark.

He has a particularly deft touch with suggesting light sources within larger areas of subdued values, as in his science fiction themed cityscapes. He also uses muted value relationships in his atmospheric environments.

Lee teaches courses in Environment Design through the CG Master Academy.


Eye Candy for Today: Roelant Roghman drawing

View of castle Groenewoude, Roelant Roghman; chalk drawing
View of castle Groenewoude, Roelant Roghman

Chalk, with brush on paper; roughly 14×19″ (35x49cm); in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.

Roughman’s seemingly simple — but precise and deftly rendered — 17th century drawing is described on the Rijksmuseum’s site with chalk as the material and brush as the technique. I assume from the look of the toned areas that water was employed to smooth or smear the chalk into wash-like passages.

I love the way he has succinctly indicated the water with reflections; and the small touches that can almost go unnoticed — the figures on the bridge, the flock of birds in the middle distance and the ducks in the right foreground.

Roghman’s use of value contrast to set off the building to our left is particularly effective.