Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Olivia Knapp

Olivia Knapp, pen and ink
Olivia Knapp is an artist based in Washington State who transitioned from work as a textile designer to full time pursuit of her pen and ink drawing.

Knapp takes inspiration for her engraving-like approach to pen and ink —often done with Pigma Micron markers — from the classical styles of the baroque masters ink drawing and engraving.

Her website nicely features detail crops of her drawings, as well as some commercial applications on fabrics and in advertising.

You can see more of Knapp’s pieces, as well as works in progress, on her blog. She has limited edition giclée prints available in her store.

[Via BoingBoing]

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Evariste Carpentier

Evariste Carpentier
Belgian painter Evariste Carpentier started in an academic style. During his time in France, he was infulenced by the French Realists, the naturalism of painters like Jules Bastien-Lepage and Jules Breton, the Barbizon painters and the move toward what would become Impressionism and eventually, Luminisim.

In many of his stylistic experiments, he was undoubtedly influenced by his almost lifelong association and friendship with Belgian painter Emile Claus, also a noted proponent of Luminism in Belgium.

Carpentier became director of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Liège, and was an influential teacher.

His paintings of lyrical domestic scenes and pastoral views are often filled with bright but gentle light, at times softly diffused by haze or overcast. Carpentier also did at least one major series of illustrations, or history paintings used as illustrations.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Juan Pablo Roldán

Juan Pablo Roldan, concept art and illustration
Juan Pablo Roldán is a freelance concept artist and illustrator, based in Medellin, Columbia, who works in the gaming and film industries.

Roldán’s atmospheric environments and menacing characters are rendered digitally with an eye to theatrically dramatic value relationships and with a skilled suggestion of texture, whether organic or technological. Among his personal projects you can find some digital paintings of real locations in Columbia.

His blog seems to have been set aside in favor of his Tumblr site. In addition you can find his work on Art Station and CG Society.

He has a how-to on scale and perspective on Layer Paint.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres’ portraits of Madame Moitessier

Madame Moitessier, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Madame Moitessier, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, National Gallery of Art, DC
Madame Moitessier, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, The National Gallery, London

When asked to paint Madame Moitessier, Ingres — who was at a later point in his career in which he was less inclined to take on portrait commissions — initially refused. On meeting her, however, he was struck by her appearance and agreed.

He first started a seated portrait, shown above, bottom. Work on the portrait came to a halt on the death of Ingres’ wife. Seven years later, at the prompting of Madame Moitessier, Ingres began again with a fresh standing composition. A few years after that portrait was completed, he returned to the seated portrait and brought it to a finish.

The standing portrait, now in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, is the more striking of the two. The sitter’s expression is detached, her eyes unfocused, or even focused in different directions. I don’t know if this reflects Madame Moitessier’s actual appearance, but I suspect it does, given Ingres insistence of painting everything from life in order to achieve the faithfulness to nature with which he was deeply concerned.

The seated portrait, now in the National Gallery, London, was originally to include the sitter’s daughter, but she was left out of the final painting.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ben Blatt

Ben Blatt
Benn Blatt is a dimension-hopping xenobiologist/dreamscape botanical artist based, perhaps fittingly, in Brooklyn, NY.

Blatt takes natural forms of flora and fauna — both real and wildly imaginary — bits of architecture, sculptural elements, jewelry and metalware; filters them through his fascination with 15th and 16th century masters like Bosch and Brueghel, 20th century Dadaists and Surrealists like Max Ernst and Dalí, throws in a good dose of 17th century Dutch still life and 19th century botanical illustration and perhaps a touch of Tantric art; and weaves them into intricate bio-architectural wonderlands of Boschian delights.

Blatt studied Fine Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is now on the Illustration faculty there. His pieces, which are large, but perhaps not as large as one might expect, are primarily done in varying combinations of watercolor, gouache, ink and colored pencil.

The online gallery on his own website is somewhat limited and poorly arranged for browsing; you will find a better selection on his Picasa gallery, as well as on the sites of the Halsey McKay Gallery and Half Gallery.

The largest and best reproductions of his work are to be found on Monster Brains.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Eye Candy for Today: Alberto Pasini’s Market Day in Constantinople

Market Day in Constantinople, Alberto Pasini
Market Day in Constantinople, Alberto Pasini

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Berkshire Museum (no full image).

Pasini was known for his Orientalist paintings of locations and subjects in the eastern Mediterranean. Here he renders not only the exotic architecture in the city (now known as Istanbul), but the bustling market with a wealth of detail. Unfortunately, I can’t find information on the dimensions of the painting, but many of Pasini’s detailed paintings were not particularly large.