Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dreamworks Animation Resources

Interested in animation?  Here's a list of books and online resources that Dreamworks gives to all its incoming artists.

There's a section on composition that should be of interest to everyone.

http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.ie/2012/11/dreamworks-animation-resources.html

Thanks to James Gurney for sharing this information!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Edward Weston's Vegetable Photographs

Feeling stuck with your veggies?  Maybe a shot of Weston inspiration might give you a boost.  Look how beautifully lit and composed they are...There's no reason why you can't do the same.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Weston
http://www.edward-weston.com/edward_weston_natural.htm

And a shell from 1927.  By the way, this photograph sold for over a million dollars at Sotheby's in 2010.  Read the story of this photo here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nautilus_%28photograph%29

Limerick Figure Drawing Society

https://www.facebook.com/LimerickFigureDrawingSociety

I started this life drawing group in 2011.
You're welcome to join us.
To be on the email list:
limerickfiguredrawingsociety@gmail.com



Friday, November 9, 2012

Links for Portfolio Preparation Students

The following links can be subscribed to in your Google Reader.  All are highly recommended.

http://juliedouglasdrawingpaintinglearning.blogspot.ie/
Julie Douglas conducts portfolio preparation classes and you can take a look at some of her projects and the work of her students.

http://www.powersofobservation.com/
Catherine Kehoe teaches observational painting and drawing...Her blog is intended to inspire her students. 

http://paintingperceptions.com/
In depth interviews with artists conducted by Larry Groff, himself a perceptual painter.

http://www.proko.com/
Stan Prokopenko explains anatomy and construction drawing in easy-to-understand, entertaining videos.  Check out his video on Light and Shadow!

http://stapletonkearns.blogspot.ie/
Stapleton Kearns is a working landscape painter with tons of good advice including critiques of student paintings.  Occasionally grumpy, always honest, insightful, and funny.
Check out his hilarious "Encyclopedia of Dumb Design Ideas":  http://stapletonkearns.blogspot.ie/search/label/Encyclopedia%20of%20dumb%20design%20ideas

http://duanekeiser.blogspot.ie/
Duane Keiser's daily postcard size paintings.  Great lessons in transforming ordinary objects into extraordinary paintings.

http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.ie/
Insights into art of all kinds, especially painting and illustration by James Gurney, the author and painter of the "Dinotopia" series.  James has written two excellent art books, both available on Amazon:  Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter; and Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist

http://muddycolors.blogspot.ie/
14 of the illustration industry's best share their latest work, tutorials, trials, tribulations, successes, and more.









Thursday, November 8, 2012

Get yourself a blog Reader!

First, Welcome!  I hope subscribing and reading this blog will help you in your artistic pursuits. 
When teaching, I find students often share the same problems, so why not make all the resources available here in once place where everyone can see them.

Among other things, I'll be posting links to blogs you might find useful and interesting with lots of tutorials and amazing art.

So, how do you get a blog reader and subscribe to blogs?  Read this:
http://lifehacker.com/google-reader-is-shutting-down-here-are-the-best-alter-5990456
I use Feedly-  It looks good and is easy to use.

Once you pick a blog reader, you should bookmark it.  Don't forget your password.
And, of course, subscribe to this blog to stay updated!