Eye Candy for Today: Adrianus Eversen cityscape

Adrianus Eversen cityscape
Adrianus Eversen cicyscape

A cityscape by Adrianus Eversen.

The only examples I’ve found of this image are on Pinterest, so I don’t know the title, size or present location of the original. I found this copy of the image from this poster.

However, I like it a lot, so I felt it worth posting. I don’t care if he painted every brick; I don’t care if the fugures are wooden and look more like architectural accessories than people, I’m just a sucker for this kind of late 19th century cityscapes.

I think it’s my fascination with visual texture that draws me into these — that and the sense of atmosphere. For all it’s complexity, the values, colors, and the feeling of time and place all work harmoniously and look great to my eye.


Alfonso Font

Alfonso Font, Spanish comics artist
Alfonso Font, Spanish comics artist

Alfonso Font is a Spanish comiics artist and illustrator. He has worked o a number of comics projects with other creators, as well as on his oen self-penned stories, Taxi, Clarke & Kubrick and Prisoner of the Stars.

Font’s drawing style is a delightful combination of solid draftsmanship and loose gesture ink rendering — given them a lively sense of energy and life.

As good as his work looks in color, I thiink it’s a treat to see his orignials in black in white, which you can do in the Original Art ssection of his website.

If you want to see more of his work in color, you might want to simply do a search for Alfonso Font on Google Images.

You can find a number of the projects he’s illustrated on Amazon (Affiliate link).


Eye Candy for Today: Ludwig Richter’s Genoveva

Genoveva, Ludwig Richter, 19th century watercolor
Genoveva, Ludwig Richter (details and alternate image), 19th century watercolor

Genoveva, Ludwig Richter, watercolor on paper, roughly 12 x 7 in (31 x 18 cm); in the collectin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version of th elarge image.

This painting by 19th century German painter and printmaker Adrian Ludwig Richter depicts the legend of Genoveva, a woman falsely accused of adultry while her husband was off to war. Condemmed to death, she sought refuge in the forest of Ardennes, where she and her son found shelter in a cave and were fed by a deer for six years.

In the version of the painting in the images above, bottom, I’ve done something I’ve often complained about others doing: taking an image of an artwork and cranking up the saturation to make it look “better” and “more modern”. Hopefully, in this case, I’ve done so judiciously with the intention of giving an indication of what I think the painting may have looked like when originally painted.

It’s my understanding that many watercolors from the 19th century are faded, partly from exposure to light for pigments that were less than lightfast, and partly from exposure to sulpher compounds from the pollution caused by the burgeoning industrial age, which interacted in particular with lead-based whites, yellows and reds. I’m just guessing that the painting was originally more vibrant than it is at present (perhaps even more than my rough approximation).


Eye Candy for Today: Richard Emile Miller’s Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea, Richard Emile Miller, oil on canvas
Afternoon Tea (details), Richard Emile Miller, oil on canvas

Afternoon Tea, Richard Emile Miller; oil on canvas; roughly 39 x 32 in (99 x 81 cm).

This 1910 painting by American Impressionist Richard Emile Miller is in Newfields, part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The museum has a nicely large image of the painting (4596 x 5636 pixels, over 15mb) that can be both zoomed and downloaded.

You can zoom in even further then my detail caps above and see the artist’s individual brushstrokes, part of his very painterly style.

I particularly enjoy the passages in which he’s used a textural scumble to create broken color.


Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo
Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo is a Spanish painter and illustrator who works promarily in the genres of fantasy and imaginative realism.

Her highly refined paintings and drawngs show the influence of Victorian painting, Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites. (Her image above, bottom, may be a nod to J. W. Waterhouse’s depiction of jealous Circe.)

Sestayo applies her skills across several mediums. If you scroll down on the home page of her website, you will find categories that translate as “Oils, Watercolor, Pencil, Comic, Sketches and Digital”. There is also a section featuring her book cover illustrations.

A number of her pieces are illustrations for a deluxe limited edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from Easton Press.

You can find several videos of her process on YouTube.