Tons of practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums.
We’ve just a discovered a marvelous art blog that might get you interested. Dinotopia creator James Gurney is publishing tons of stories for illustrators, plein-air painters, sketchers, comic artists, animators, art students, and writers. You’ll find practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums.
Here are just three short stories to get you interested:
A Dictionary Of Color Combinations is a collection of flat color squares placed in over 300 side-by-side combinations.
The book is published in Japan and is based on the 6-volume work of kimono designer and teacher Sanzo Wada in the 1930s, a time when Japan was between wars, and was absorbing Western influences.
Japan has over 1000 traditional colors, based initially on the Chinese color system. Each named with reference to the seasons, and to plants, and animals, and the colors are often associated with social ranking.
David Farquharson (1839-1907), The End of the Day’s Fishing, 56 x 91.5 cm
This oil landscape by David Farquharson (Scottish/English, 1839-1907) has a marvelous sense of scale and depth.
A few observations:
Animator Marc Davis brought in pantomime actor Margaret Kerry to pose with larger than life props.