Monday, August 1, 2016

Eye Candy for Today: Girolamo Muziano landscape drawing

Rocky Landscape with a Waterfall, Girolamo Muziano, pen and brown ink
Rocky Landscape with a Waterfall, Girolamo Muziano

Pen and brown ink, roughly 19×15″ (48x38cm). Link is to the Getty Museum, which has the original in their collection and both a zoomable and downloadable version on their site. The downloadable version can be gotten at high resolution and a 32MB file size. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project.

Muziano was a 16th century Italian painter, known in addition for his landscape engravings. The Getty site suggest that this may have been a study for an engraving. Alternately, the large open area in the left foreground may have been a setting for a figure in the composition, perhaps as part of a series on Saints in landscapes.

I love the artist’s deft handling of the hatching and patterns suggesting direction in the growth of the foliage, and the monumental solidity of the dark central rock outcropping. Look at how he has defined the light-toned mass of rock in the middle-right of the composition with directional strokes (see the third detail, above).

I also admire his use of line weight — and in particular broken lines — to control values, pushing the middle ground back and the background mountains into the distance.


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Marco Carloni

Marco Carloni, landscape paintings
Marco Carloni is a painter based in Rome, whose work is appealing because of his clear, direct observation, economical notation and sensitivity to subtle relationships of light and dark.

After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Carloni worked for years as an illustrator, matte painter and 3D digital artist before transitioning back to traditional materials and plein air painting.

Carloni takes good advantage of the remarkable landscapes in and around Rome, often focusing on those remnants of ancient Rome that have fascinated many painters in the intervening centuries.

His website is in both Italian and English, and can be read like a blog or accessed like a website, with a dedicated section for landscapes. You can purchase his work directly through his Etsy shop.


Jack Davis, 1924-2016

Jack Davis, cartoonist, caricaturist, comics artist illustrator
Cartoonist, caricaturist, comics artist and illustrator illustrator Jack Davis had a pen that connected directly to the funny bone.

Noted for his horror comics work for EC Comics and Warren magazines, his movie posters, TV Guide covers, celebrity caricatures and, in particular, his loopy, wild, frenetic, over-the-top and uncannily hilarious comics and covers for Cracked and MAD Magazine, Davis influenced cartoonists and comics artists across the board.

Davis often left his readers in simultaneous paroxysms of laughter and wide-eyed admiration for his drawing skills, producing contorted reading positions that looked like.. well, like jack Davis illustrations.

Jack Davis died on July 27, 2016 at the age of 92.

The links below are mostly to recent obits and articles. For more links to image resources, see my previous post on Jack Davis.


Eye Candy for Today: Meléndez still life with plums

Still life with plums, figs, bread, keg, jug and other containers,  Luis Egidio Melendez
Still life with plums, figs, bread, keg, jug and other containers, Luis Egidio Meléndez

Link is to a downloadable high-resolution image on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museo del Prado.

This is another entrancing and deceptively simple still life by the 18th century Spanish master. I have said that my favorite still life painter in history is Chardin, but Meléndez runs a close second.

Both painters achieve what I feel is one of the highest purposes of art — to prompt us to see the commonplace world around us with fresh eyes — as a cornucopia of visual marvels.

In addition, both Chardin and Meléndez have for me an uncanny Vermeer-like ability to suggest the suspension of time.


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bastien Grivet

Bastien Grivet, illustrationa and concept art
Originally from Switzerland, Bastien Grivet is a concept artist and illustrator based in Montpellier, France.

Grivet’s work ranges from loose and gestural, with deft use of flat, geometric areas of color, to intricately detailed, with a dynamic sense of scale. He also makes use of dramatic lighiting to focus attention on the key points of his compositions.

Grivet works primarily through Wardenlight Studio, which he co-founded with concept artist and illustrator Jessica Rossier.

Grivet has some step-through demos on YouTube.


Eye Candy for Today: Bernardo Bellotto Venice cityscape

The Campo di SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice; Bernardo Bellotto
The Campo di SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Venice; Bernardo Bellotto

Link is to the original in the National Gallery of Art, DC, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project.

Following in the footsteps of his more famous uncle and teacher, Canaletto, Bernardo Bellotto created strikingly precise and beautifully lit views of the city of Venice.