Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ken Knight

Ken Knight, Australian plein air painter
Ken Knight is an Australian plein air painter who paints with superb economy, rich color and a beautifully textural surface, for which the word “painterly” seems inadequate.

Though it’s difficult to see in small reproductions, in larger images, his brush marks flow, scrape, jitter and dash across the surface — defining forms, carving out depth and deftly leading your eye through his often sweeping compositions. I assume he’s also using painting knives here, though to what extent I don’t know.

Knight balances colors that are vibrant but controlled with dramatic value relationships to create a sense of the light and space of the open Australian landscape.

On his website, and the sites of some of the galleries in which he is represented, you will also find his paintings of Venice and other locations from his travels.

There is a video on YouTube with a glimpse of one of his painting trips to Pilbara, in Western Australia; the camera is a bit shaky, but it’s interesting to see him painting on location at large scale and in windy conditions. There is also a time lapse slideshow of his progress on a “South Coast Seascape” (dunes, images above, middle).

[Suggestion courtesy of Kan Muftic]

Monday, September 8, 2014

Clint Cearley

Clint Cearley, illustrations for Magic: The Gathering, Legend of the Cryptids and other projects
Clint Cearley is a freelance illustrator based in Fort Worth, Texas who trained in traditional media, but now works digitally.

His website showcases his work for projects like Magic: The Gathering for Wizards of the Coast and Legend of the Cryptids for Applibot, as well as personal projects.

Cearley sometimes utilizes a format often found in concept art and illustration in which a narrow color range prevails an image, but is punctuated by strong accents of a color from a different hue family. Within his chosen palettes, Cearley’s color and value relationships are subtle and nuanced.

Cearley is the author of an eBook, The 10 Most Common Mistakes in Digital Painting and their Solutions, and is the host of the YouTube channel Swatches. He also has videos on Vimeo.

I had difficulty loading his website: www.clintcearley.com, so I’m posting a link to the Wix site that is supposed to come up in his site in a frame: http://poetconcepts.wix.com/clintcearley. You can also find his work on DAPortfolio and deviantART, as well as on his Etsy shop.

[Via Concept Art World]

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Eye Candy for Today: Eckersberg’s view through arches of the Colosseum

A View through Three Arches of the Third Storey of the Colosseum, C.W. Eckersberg
A View through Three Arches of the Third Storey of the Colosseum, C.W. Eckersberg

On Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons. The original is in the Statens Museum for Kunst, which has a very large, but over saturated, downloadable file of the image.

While in Rome in the early 19th century, Eckersberg painted this on location, an unusual practice for Danish artists of his time. Though the details are accurate, he combined slightly different views than would actually be seen from this location to make a more pleasing final composition.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Samuel Peploe

Samuel Peploe
In the course of a career that bridged the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Scottish painter Samuel John Peploe moved his style from more straightforward realism into a painterly Manet-like approach — particularly to still life — that was marked by a striking economy and brushy, calligraphic paint marks; then to a flattened, boldly geometric manner, more like that of Cezanne; finally distilling his subjects down to a rarified, Fauve-like colorist style, in the course of which he eventually loses my attention.

On the cusp of his late style, however, his textural paint surface and strong geometry are wonderful, much more interesting to my eye than a number of other, more well known painters working in that vein.

But it’s Peploe’s earlier, painterly realism, with its darker palette and subdued compositions, that I find extraordinary. Every mark, every stroke, every dab of color adds to the whole; nothing is wasted or inessential.

Simply. Beautiful.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ty Carter

Ty Carter concept art
Tyler Carter is concept and visual development artist, originally from Utah. While he was still in school, he interned at Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. On graduation, he began working with Blue Sky Studios, where he has worked on projects like Ice Age 4 and Epic, and is currently working on their new project, Peanuts.

Tyler creates drama in his images by massing areas of light and shadow, often guiding the viewer’s eye from foreground to background and back again. He frequently contrasts warm and cool colors to similar effect. His environments always seem to have palpable sense of depth, whether created with perspective, atmosphere or dark values.

Carter works primarily digitally, painting both his professional work and personal sketches, often from life, in Photoshop. His website and blog feature a variety of work, including some in traditional media. In addition, he has posted articles on color and his working process.

There is a selection of his prints for sale on Big Cartel, along with a book, Musings and Wanderings, that collects some of his images.

Carter will be teaching an online course through LAAFA, Introduction to Environments, that begins this month on September 11. Last day for registration is today, September 4, 2014, but there is provision for late registrants to be put on a waiting list. The page for the class also includes a slideshow of additional work.