Zdeněk Burian trove

Zdenek Burian

Someone has posted an absolute treasure trove of work by the great paleo artist and natural history illustrator Zdeněk Burian on Flickr!

The set is extensive and includes numerous paintings and many drawings of his range of subjects, including dinosaurs, flying reptiles, prehistoric mammals, undersea life, prehistoric plants, primates, early humans and portraits of famous naturalists. Many of the images are linked to large reproductions.

Yes, many of the reconstructions of prehistoric animals are inaccurate in light of recent findings, but Burian was, first and foremost, a terrific painter and draftsman.

Enjoy it while you can; resources like this have a tendency to be ephemeral.

See my previous post on Zdeněk Burian.

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Eye Candy for Today: Tissot’s Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek, James Jacques Joseph Tissot
Hide and Seek, James Jacques Joseph Tissot

My fascination with this painting by Tissot (an underrated painter in my opinion), in not so much the ostensible subjects of the children playing as their mother reads, but the play of light among the wonderfully tactile surfaces and objects in this fascinating space, which is in the artist’s studio.

The original is in the National Gallery of Art, D.C. You can access a high-resolution version here, on the WikiPaintings site.

See my previous post on Tissot.


Peter Ferguson (update)

Peter Ferguson

Peter Ferguson is a Canadian illustrator and gallery artist whose illustration clients include the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Dow Jones Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Business Week, Los Angeles Times, TBWA Chiat Day, ITP Nelson, Prentice Hall and Marvel Comics.

Originally from Montreal, Ferguson studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

In his illustration (example images above, top 6) Ferguson paints in oil and uses bold modeling and strong contrasts of value and color to give his work a sharp punch. Though his subject matter is quite different, I see an influence from N.C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle in his approach.

Since I last wrote about Ferguson back in 2007, he has transitioned into gallery painting. Ferguson’s gallery work (images above, bottom 4) is darker, both in palette and emotional tone. His gallery paintings carry both a suggested narrative element and a sense of dark humor. In them, he has carefully reduced his range of value contrasts and lowered the chroma of his colors to create strong moods.

In both his illustration and gallery work, I very much like his black and white pieces, which appear to be done in graphite or charcoal. In them he demonstrates wonderful touch with tone and texture.

Ferguson’s website showcases his gallery work and includes a “Sketchbook” section with a few black and white pieces (though I would love to see many more).

His illustration work can be seen in a portfolio on the website of Threeinabox artists’ representatives.


Impressionists on the Water

Impressionists on the Water
French Impressionism has always been associated with water. The painters themselves were drawn to the seashore and the rivers of France, filling their canvasses with dappled colors of light dancing across the surface of water under a variety of conditions.

Impressionists on the Water is an exhibition of 80 paintings and drawings by Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and Impressionist precursors now on exhibit at the Fine Arts Musem of San Francisco: Leigon of Honor

There is a small preview of the exhibit on the FAMSF website, and another gallery accompanying a review of the exhibit on SFGate. (Should the relatively small galleries simply whet your appetite for online images of Impressionist paintings, WikiPaintings has a pretty good selection.)

Impressionist on the Water will be on display at the FAMSF until October 13, 2013. It then move to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusets, where it will run from November 9, 2103 to February 17, 2014.

There is a book accompanying the exhibition, Impressionists on the Water. I haven’t seen it, but there is a review here.

[Via Fine Art Connoisseur]


Kristina Nguyen

Kristina Nguyen
Kristina Nguyen is a visual development artist for the entertainment industry.

Nguyen studied at the Art Center College of Design and is now woking with Rooster Teeth, designing environments for projects that include the Web series RWBY.

Nguyen’s website portfolio is not extensive, but it includes concept designs for an unspecified project in which she demonstrates a wonderful 60’s Modern Retro-Future design sense.

You can see some older and personal work on her portfolio on artworkfolio.com.

[Via Concept Art World]