Friday, October 31, 2014

Night Creatures


Here's a gouache painting I did over 30 years ago when I was putting together a portfolio of science fiction samples. It has never been published before.


I imagine encountering these night creatures in a dark bar. I accidentally offend them by asking an innocent question about their feeding tentacles. I apologize, and they return to their drinks, the veins on their temples throbbing for a while.

That's my little treat for you on Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Juanjo Guarnido's Rock Video


Juanjo Guarnido, the Spanish illustrator who co-created the comic Blacksad was formerly a Disney animator. Last March he launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to direct an animated music video for the Swedish rock band Freak Kitchen. The resulting video features a lot of Guarnido's hand-drawn animation. The effect is aggressive, abrasive, and outrageous: perfect for the spirit of the band. (Link to video)
Via Cartoon Brew

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Painting a Texas Townscape in Watercolor


Here's a short video showing the making of my watercolor townscape in Bryan, Texas. (Direct link to video)

Camera:
The video is shot with a very compact point-and-shoot camera mounted to a street pole with a flexible tripod that can grab onto just about anything.
Paints:
Homemade sketchbook pochade easel using adjustable torque hinges
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Full length tutorial DVD from Amazon: Watercolor in the Wild

HD download at Sellfy
 (Paypal) or Gumroad (credit cards)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Keanes to Be Subject of Tim Burton Film

Walter and Margaret Keane
Walter and Margaret Keane were known for the popular prints of big-eyed children in the 1960s. Though he claimed to have painted the pictures, she created them secretly behind the scenes. Their story will be featured in an upcoming Tim Burton biopic.
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Article in the Guardian: "The big-eyed children: the extraordinary story of an epic art fraud"
Walter Keane on Wikipedia
First look at the Tim Burton film
Thanks, Bryn

OK Go's "I Won't Let You Down"



The alt rock band OKGo, known for its innovative long-take videos, has released a new one called "I Won't Let You Down." A camera on a drone octocopter tracks the four band members as they move around on Honda motorized unicycles. The drone follows them outdoors and then moves aloft to show an array of Japanese schoolgirls dancing Busby-Berkeley-style with colorful umbrellas. (Direct link to video)
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I haven't seen any behind-the-scenes video, but Billboard deconstructs the video here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Plein Air Watercolor of a House


While I painted the house in Austin, Texas, I made this one minute video to show the basic sequence of steps. (Direct link to video)
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Full length tutorial download "Watercolor in the Wild" 
DVD available with exclusive slide show.