Jean-François Rauzier

Jean-Francois Rauzier
I don’t ordinarily cover photography here on Lines and Colors, partly because it seems a little off topic, but largely because I feel it’s covered better elsewhere.

However, I couldn’t resist the delightful digitally-composited photographic fantasies of Jean-François Rauzier.

Essentially a form of digital collage, Rauzier’s “Hyperphotos” composite landscapes, animals, and above all, architectural elements, into grand fantasies of imaginary towers, cityscapes and monuments, exploring in the process fantastic perspective, recursion and the visual sensation of infinity.

Rauzier presents his work on his website in an interface that grants you the ability to view the pieces full-screen and zoomable. In this mode their fascinating details, often too small to be visible in the initial image, are revealed as you zoom deep into the high-resolution images.

His monumental and elaborate architectural spaces reveal worlds of ornamentation, inset images within images, alternate spaces and hidden figures.

Rauzier’s online portfolio is divided into series with themes; my favorites are Extraordinary Voyages, “Dédales“, Scénes and the languorous reclining figures of his Sleeping Beauties series (images above, bottom two); though all of the sections are worth investigating.

At times Rauzier’s work puts me in mind of the highly detailed large scale photo-collage compositions of Emily Allchurch, though hers have a different intent. Both are inspired in part by the wonderful “capricious inventions” of the 18th Century etcher and engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi (also here).

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David Curtis

David Curtis
UK Artist David Curtis paints in both oil and watercolor. He can use either medium to evoke sun filled scenes, rich with the contrast between deep dark and brilliant highlights, as well as the muted values of an overcast day.

In both mediums, he uses a rich palette, with color juxtapositions that make even his muted hues seem alive and energetic.

Curtis tackles a wide variety of plein air landscape subjects, from seaside to forest, city boulevards to small town gardens, as wall as boats, cars, trains and rustic interiors.

Cutis is the author of several books on painting, including A Light Touch: Successful Painting In Oils and A Personal View – David Curtis -The Landscape in Watercolor; and co-authored with Robin Capon, Painting with Impact, Light and Mood in Watercolour and Capturing the Moment in Oils.

He also has a number of instructional videos, some with titles corresponding to his books, A Light Touch: Landscapes in Oils with David Curtis, Light in the Landscape with David Curtis, A Personal View: Landscapes in Watercolour with David Curtis, Light Effects in Watercolour with David Curtis and Capturing the Moment in Oils. You can see trailers for some of them on YouTube.

Curtis’s website has three galleries, for watercolor, oil and a mixed selection of recent work.

There is an article about Curtis on Katherine Tyrrell’s Art of the Landscape that lists books and videos.


High-res art images from LACMA Image Library

High-res art images from LACMA Image Library: Camille Pissarro, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Camille Corot, Ubaldo Gandolfi, Martinus Rørbye
I’m always delighted to bring news of sources for high-resolution art images, like The Google Art Project, my recent post on Hi-res images on Rijksmuseum website, and the full screen Zoomable images of auction items, past and present, from Sotheby’s.

The latest in this list of high resolution image resources is the Image Library of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

You can search the collections by various criteria. However, because the online collections of the categories of art I’m most interested in, American Art, European Painting and Sculpture and Prints & Drawings, are not extensive, (28, 300 and 40 entries, respectively, as of this writing) I find it more fruitful to browse the collections by category.

The default page comes up with a sampling of various items form the collection. The categories are accessed from links in the left sidebar.

Unfortunately the pages of preview images are listed by title and don’t list artist names, so it’s a little bit hit and miss (though that can lead to nice discoveries). Bringing up the page and information for a given thumbnail is quick enough.

The detail pages show the image in a Zoomable interface so you can zoom in on a section of the work and get an idea of the detail; then, for the images you like, click on the convenient “Download Image” link under the Zooming image.

Most of the files I downloaded varied from about 4mb to 20mb. Downloading can take time, click on a few and get a cup of tea.

Browsing may lead you to some unexpected delights, like this gem from Danish painter Martinus Rørbye (image above, bottom two).

(Images above, each with detail, Camille Pissarro, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Camille Corot, Ubaldo Gandolfi, Martinus Rørbye)

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The Night of All Fears

The Night of All Fears
The Night of All Fears is wonderfully designed and realized short animation (1 minute) that was the winner in last years’ “B-Movie” challenge on CGSociety.

Theme of the challenge was to bring to life a classic B-Movie, or to suggest one that didn’t exist. An example of the latter approach, The Night of All Fears is essentially a trailer for a hypothetical 1950’s style classic B-Movie.

The short was directed by Cyril Corallo and a group from the French studio Rheo freelancers association, which, as the name implies, is a group formed of individual freelancers, who made the short their first project together.

You can view the short on Vimeo, or on the Rheo site, where you can also see a slide show of stills.

In addition, there is also a one minute making of video on Vimeo. There is a making of article and interview with the team on the CGSociety site, where you can also see the other winners of the challenge.

[Via Max the Mutt Animation School, on Twitter @MaxtheMutt]