Ryan Gitter

Ryan Gitter
Texas based concept artist Ryan Gitter works in both traditional and digital media.

His work often combines strongly geometric elements with crisply defined edges, contrasted with a atmospheric passages in which edges become gradually lost. He also contrasts areas of low chroma color with accents of bright, intense color for dramatic effect.

[Via Concept Art World]


Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts, Australian Impressionist artist, Heidelberg School
Born in England in the middle of the 19th century, Tom Roberts moved to Australia with his parents when he was 13, and became one of Australia’s most prominent artists.

Roberts, with his good friend Frederick McCubbin and several other artists, notably Walter Withers and Arthur Streeton, formed the core group of artist known as Australian Impressionists. They were also known as the Heidelberg School, after the area in Victoria, near Melbourne, where they frequently painted.

Several of the notable museums in Australia have generously contributed high-resolution images of Roberts’ work to the Google Art Project, allowing those of us outside of Australia to develop an appreciation for this wonderful and (in the U.S. anyway) largely unknown painter.

These images are also available as high-resolution downloadable files on Wikimedia Commons. I’ve listed other resources below. Note that The Athenaeum and WikiArt have additional reasonably large images.


Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Peploe’s Black Bottle

The Black Bottle, Samuel John Peploe
The Black Bottle, Samuel John Peploe

Link is to Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Galleries Scotland.

Wonderfully fluid and economical handling of this table setting subject by Scottish painter Samuel Peploe. It carries a feeling of the still life work of Manet, who was likely an influence.


Liz Haywood-Sullivan

Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Liz Haywood-Sullivan is a pastel painter who creates landscapes and cityscapes with an eye to the vibrant color and graphic textural qualities the medium makes available.

Depending on size and subject matter, her approach can either be more refined or more sketch-like, with an emphasis on that fascinating area where the qualities of pastel cross from painting to drawing, juxtaposing areas of painterly color with textural strokes.

The work on her website is divided into sections titled Light, Environment and Atmosphere, reflecting some of her themes. You can also find an older version of her site on Haywood-Sullivan.com, in which her older work is divided into cityscapes and landscapes from the northeast and southeast of the U.S.

Haywood-Sullivan’s fascination with light in the landscape is often expressed in horizontal light from early or late in the day, as it makes contrasting streaks of value and color changes across her compositions.

In addition to her websites you can find her work on the Vose Galleries site (note the second page), and the Montana Trails Gallery, though the images on the latter are small.

Haywod-Sullivan teaches workshops in various locations, and is the author of Painting Brilliant Skies & Water in Pastel, and is a contributor to other books and instructional DVDs.


Eye Candy for Today: Sassoferrato’s Virgin in Prayer

The Virgin in Prayer, Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, genuine Ultramarine Blue
The Virgin in Prayer, Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato

This beautiful painting is in the National Gallery, London, where is is currently part of their exhibition on painting materials, Making Color. This is primarily because of the artist’s use of genuine Ultramarine Blue in the robes.

Before the formulation of the modern synthetic version, French Ultramarine, in the 19th century, true Ultramarine Blue was made from the ground up semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, and was the most expensive of all pigments — more expensive ounce for ounce than gold.

Making Color is on exhibit at the National Gallery, London until 7 September 2014.

There is a high-resolution downloadable version of the image on Wikimedia Commons.


Stephan Martiniere (update 2014)

Stephan Martiniere, science fiction and fantasy illustrations and concept art
I first wrote about illustrator and concept artist Stephan Martiniere back in 2006 and followed with an update post in 2008. Since then, Martiniere has updated his website and posted lots of new and wonderful goodies.

The problem with doing a post about Martiniere is choosing images for the post, or more specifically, being able to leave out dozens of wonderful images that I would have liked to include.

Among them, unfortunately, were some images of his concept art for the Guardians of the Galaxy film that appeared briefly on the web, and then were taken down.

Perhaps they will eventually be released from the iron grip of Marvel Studio’s copyright lawyers, and find their way to Martiniere’s website, where you can currently find examples of his work for other films, which include Total Recall 2012, Tron: Legacy, Star Trek, Star Wars: Episodes 2-3, I, Robot, The Fifth Element, Red Planet, The Astronaut’s Wife, The Time Machine and the upcoming Avengers 2, as well illustration for books, games and in other areas.

There is also a gallery on deviantART, and on Tor.com.

The most recent collection of his work , Trajectory was published in 2013. There are three other collections, Velocity, from 2011, an earlier one from 2006, Quantumscapes: The Art of Stephan Martiniere, and an even earlier one, Quantum Dreams: The Art of Stephan Martiniere. All three should still be available.