Lines and Colors art blog

Month: December 2013

  • Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2014!

    As I’ve done every year since 2006, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with more New Years babies from the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, by the great American illustrator, J.C. Leyendecker. Lots of great art in the year to come!

  • Turner & the Sea

    The great English landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner, known rightfully as “the painter of light”, may just as well be called a painter of seascapes — so often did he return to the subjects of ships and the sea. Turner portrayed the sea in all of its moods, but preferred his seas shaken and…

  • Gustaf Tenggren (update)

    Like his fellow illustrator and predecessor on Bland Tomtar och Troll (Among Elves and Trolls), John Bauer, Swedish-American illustrator Gustaf Tenggren doesn’t get the recognition he deserves, even among aficionados of Golden Age illustration. Ironically, Tenggren is probably better known for his later, very different style, in which he illustrated The Poky Little Puppy, than…

  • Van Gogh Shadow, Luca Agnani

    Van Gogh Shadow is a short (3 minute) film by video artist Luca Agnani, in which he has used CGI to add animation and lighting effects to thirteen of Van Gogh’s paintings. At the very least, a fascinating experiment. (Also of interest, see my 2010 post about Tilt-Shift Van Gogh.) [Via Cartoon Brew]

  • The Adoration of the Kings (Monforte Altar)

    The Adoration of the Kings (Monforte Altar), Hugo van der Goes On Google Art Project. Also high-res version on Wikipedia, and on Wikimedia Commons with selected details. Article on Wikipedia. Original is in the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

  • Illustrators’ Visions of Santa Claus (update)

    A follow-up to my 2006 article on “Illustrator’s Visions of Santa Claus“, in which I attempted to chronicle how 19th and early 20th century illustrators shaped our contemporary vision of the Jolly One. (Images above: Thomas Nast, Reginald Birch, J.C. Leyendecker, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell and Haddon Sundblom — with detail)