The Lights Go On at Lightbox
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by James Gurney
4d ago
Tickets go on sale today for Lightbox Expo in Pasadena, California this October. It's an inspiring gathering of concept artists, animators, plein air painters, and illustrators. Everyone is super friendly, sketching all the time.  You can meet and hang out with artists like Angela Sung, Craig Mullins, Kiptoe, Jess Karp, Marco Bucci, Aaron Blaise, and artists who work for Blizzard, DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar (I’ll be there too, with a new book). Find out more at the Lightbox Expo website ..read more
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Meissonier's Portrait Fail
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by James Gurney
1w ago
The Meissonier/Mackay affair: the story of a commission that went horribly wrong.  ..read more
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Inside Dog, Outside Dog
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by James Gurney
1w ago
Hand-painted T shirt design. I'm always amazed how Smooth changes when he steps outside the house: ears unfurl, fangs come out, and tail goes up. It's a Jekyll & Hyde transformation ..read more
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Parrish Describes Pyle
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by James Gurney
1w ago
In his reply to a young art student, Maxfield Parrish said: "I do wish you could study under Howard Pyle: indeed you would enjoy it. I did myself for two years. He is so full enthusiasm there is plenty to spare and you get a lot that is left over. He does everything the same way: he goes in bathing, walks, plays games as if he were saving his household goods from a fire." Thanks, Steve ..read more
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Chinese Academic Drawing
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by James Gurney
2w ago
A Chinese academic drawing in four stages. More information and commentary on my free Substack forum ..read more
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Painting Trash and Weeds
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by James Gurney
2w ago
"Anything that excites me for any reason, I will [document it]; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual." —Edward Weston I paint some trash tossed into the weeds alongside a stretch of parking lot. More about painting "non-motifs" at my post on Substack. Link to Video on YouTube ..read more
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Beginning and Ending a Painting
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by James Gurney
3w ago
 A reader asked: “How is your thought process different at the beginning of a plein-air painting compared to the end?” At the beginning of a painting, I think about the concept or feeling that I want to convey. That intention guides the choice of framing and the colors I may choose. The thought process always comes before the painting, and if it’s a studio illustration, I work it out in sketches. If I were to start drawing or painting without a clear idea, it’s likely to be a dud. My first goal is to make a foundation in simple lines drawn with a brush, graphite pencil or watercolo ..read more
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Thinking Humans
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by James Gurney
3w ago
Image: Rodin's Thinker How do thinking humans survive in a world of intelligent machines? That's the question I pose in my latest deep dive on Substack, called: "10 Thinking Strategies."Bottom line: If we nurture the thinking strategies that are unique to the human experience, we can live our best lives in a world that’s more and more populated by intelligent machines.  ..read more
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Denison in his Study
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by James Gurney
3w ago
  Arthur Denison, chronicler of Dinotopia, in his study with Bix, his sidekick Protoceratops.  From Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara ..read more
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Leyendecker in Paris
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by James Gurney
1M ago
J.C. Leyendecker, during his student days in Paris, wrote home to Chicago describing the work he was doing in the Académie Julian under Benjamin-Constant, Lefebvre, Bouguereau, and Laurens: "Thoroughness is the principle upon which the French Art Schools have won their success. It doesn't take long to discover that style and dash will not make a drawing or painting go here as it will an illustration back home. Serious work—getting right down to the foundation principles—is the demand which is laid upon every student over here.  If I learned anything it was that a picture is really only v ..read more
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