Monday, October 31, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
Feng Zhu creates concept art for feature films, games, theme park rides and toy designs. The Gallery contains images in a variety of styles and degrees of finish.
Feng Zhu also teaches industrial design at Gnomon Workshop and Art Center College of Design in California. He and his studio have produced industrial design training DVDs featuring such heavyweights as Syd Mead. The site includes some online tutorials.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Architectural presentation art is a form often roundly ignored in art circles, even by those interested in illustration and concept art. Granted, much of it is formulaic, but there are masters here as in other genres of art. Tom Schaller is a case in point. Some of the art on this site is formal architectural presentation art, some is fanciful “imaginary architecture” and some is the equivalent of travel paintings of locations in Prague and elsewhere. All of the images are masterful watercolor renderings.
Shown above is a formal presntation for a building near one of my favorite public spaces, Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. (I don’t intend for this to be a sketchblog, but here are some of my own sketches from the square.)
Schaller is the author of Architecture in Watercolor (McGraw-Hill), and The art of Architectural Drawing / Imagination and Technique (VNR / J Wiley).
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
John Nevarez is a storyboard and visual development artist for Disney TV Animation. His self-titled blog is, quite simply, a treat. It’s chock-full of characters, creatures, bots and backgrounds drawn in a lively, infectious style that makes you wish he did animations, comics and everything else ’cause you just want to see more of his stuff.
The blog also includes some lively figure drawings. This is a great site for artists (and would-be artists) to visit because Nevarez makes drawing look like the most fun thing in the world.
He has published a sketchbook which is available from Stuart Ng Books (along with a way too cool selection of other artist’s sketchbooks).
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Many modern comic book artists pride themselves on throwing away what’s come before. A few, however, show their respect for tradition and display the influence of the great comics artists who showed us all how it’s done.
Steve Rude is a comic book artist and illustrator who has reaped the benefit of respect for tradition. His beautifully restrained comic book work shows the influence of comic greats Jack Kirby and Russ Manning and his sophisticated illustration technique shows thoughtful study of the work of Andrew Loomis and other great illustrators.
Monday, October 24, 2005
If you’ve ever said to yourself: “What I really need is a nice cubist time-sink.”, this is the site for you. Mr. Picassohead lets you create your own Picasso-esque faces with drag-and drop eyes, lips, ears, etc. that you can move, resize, recolor and rearrange in a nicely crafted Flash interface. You can save your masterpiece into the gallery or email it to a friend. You can also just click through the gallery and see what the other Picassoheads are doing.
Suggested by Lias Harris
Friday, October 21, 2005
I recently returned from my first visit to Venice(!), dazzled and eager to revisit Sargent’s watercolors of that amazing city. I had the chance to see several of them at the Sargent show in D.C a few years ago, and I’ve admired them in books for years, but it’s different after having been there.
This is not a site devoted to Sargent in Venice (although that would make a great theme for a site). Instead, I’ve pulled some links out of the John Singer Sargent Virtual Gallery. This site is a great reference, even if it isn’t arranged as well as I would like.
Here are some links to images of the Grand Canal, some side canals, and a wonderful map of Venice, in which you can click on dots to bring up images from that spot, red for paintings by Sargent, blue for photos from the same area. This is how I found the image of Scuola di San Rocco shown above.
The link below is to a Venice overview page, but it’s still not that easy to find all of the Venice images from there.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I’m not a fan of most “clever” web site interfaces because they usually sacrifice any shred of usability on the altar of coolness. Ryan Terry’s Ry-guy.com is so clever, however, that it becomes an entertainment in itself. This is one of the most fun Flash interfaces I’ve ever seen on the web. The site is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully executed, with lots of great little touches.
The interface opens in a pop-up window and is an illustration of a street corner. Some animated elements are immediately evident – a car and a dump truck drive by – and other elements only animate when you cursor over them (like the line of laundry). You can search around the image, looking for hot spots that display tool tip identifiers, or “Drop an Alien” from the upper left, each one of which will introduce you to a site section. Most of the “hot” elements are themed to their image (the mailbox is the link to email, etc.). The site sections open in another pop-up. Occasionally the paperboy will ride by and drop a paper that is a link to the “Quick Version”, a condensed portfolio in the format of a newspaper.
Ryan Terry is an interactive designer and illustrator living in Georgia. The site showcases his animation and illustration work. There is a sketchbook lying on the corner.