Thursday, January 15, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: unfinished Paul Sandby oil sketch

An Unfinished View of the West Gate, Canterbury, Paul Sandby; pen and brown ink, oil on prepared paper
An Unfinished View of the West Gate, Canterbury; Paul Sandby

Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Yale Center for British Art.

Here Paul Sandby, primarily known as a watercolorist, has started a landscape sketch in oil on paper. He’s laid in his drawing in pen and brown ink, and has started his application of oil.

I have no idea why the sketch — which seems to have been coming along nicely — was abandoned. It actually works remarkably well, even in its unfinished state, and has wonderful qualities of both painting and drawing.

I love coming across unfinished works like this; it’s like getting a tutorial from the 18th century.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Innokenty Korshunov

Innokenty Korshunov; still life, landscape, illustrations and concept art
Innokenty Korshunov is a painter living and working just outside of Kiev, Ukraine.

Korshunov studied at the School of Art in Odessa, where he developed an admiration for the art of the Renaissance, as well as a respect for traditional techniques. He brings these sensibilities, as well as a keen eye and subtle sense of color, to his atmospheric landscapes and carefully observed still life.

I particularly admire the color he brings to his winter landscapes, and the directness and clarity of his still life paintings. Many of his originals are larger in scale than you might assume from the internet images.

Korshunov also occasionally paints portraits, such as the one shown above, 6th down, of his wife, painter Ruta Korshunova, who I profiled last week. Both artists, of course, share the difficulties inherent in trying to make their way as artists amid the turmoil and uncertainty of the current political climate in Ukraine.

In addition to the works seen on his website (many of which are available for sale directly from the artist via email contact), you can see larger versions of his paintings, along with examples of his work as an illustrator and visual development artist for games, on his Behance portfolio and blog.

Some of Korshunov’s illustrations have a very appealing textural character to the rendering, and his illustrations for fairy tales have a wonderful magic realist quality to them.

[Suggestion courtesy of ETat]

Eye Candy for Today: Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s portrait of The Empress Eugénie

The Empress Eugenie, Franz Xaver Winterhalter
The Empress Eugénie, Franz Xaver Winterhalter

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download links below the image on their page.

The painting’s finished feeling, when viewed from the proper distance, belies the painterly, almost casual and sketch-like handling when seen in detail.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sterling Hundey (update 2015)

Stirling Hundey, illustration and painting
Sterling Hundey is an illustrator and gallery artist who I first wrote about back in 2007.

Hundley has recently unveiled a redesigned website. At the moment it focuses on three projects, but since I last featured Hundely in 2010, he has also established a Behance portfolio and deviantART gallery on which you can find additional work.

Hundley has always stuck me as something of a restless explorer, poking and prodding at the limits of his format and medium, experimenting with compositional approaches, variations in drawing and rendering and ranging freely across styles.

For more, see my previous posts on Sterling Hundley (linked below).

Eye Candy for Today: Corot pencil drawing

Young man in Front of a Great Oak, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, graphite, heightened with white gouache
Young man in Front of a Great Oak, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Graphite on tan paper, highlighted with white gouache, roughly 11 x 16 inches (39 x 29 cm). Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Corot’s precise and economical rendering is also wonderfully fluid and gestural. I love the way his lines of tone follow the form, and also suggest the texture of the bark. The tree was likely sketched from life in the Forest of Fontainebleau.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Arthur Haas

Arthur Haas, concept art and illustration
Arthur Haas is a concept artist and illustrator living and working in the Netherlands. His website, which is essentially a front door for his blog, is light on biographical information, but has lots of his fascinating images.

Haas incorporates a multitude of imaginative freeform shapes into his compositions, both in the alien-looking environments and the range of unusual craft that fly through their often murky atmospheres.

Haas frequently renders his works in limited, almost monochromatic palettes, pulling a sensation of vibrant color out of contrasts in value and chroma. I like in particular the way he creates depth with multiple planes of atmospheric perspective.

His recent work is largely digital, but as you go through his archives, you will find work done in traditional media like acrylic and gouache.