Dinosaur Battle Town from Eddie West on Vimeo.
This amazing little piece of animation by Eddie West was discovered on io9. They appropriately called it Medieval Dinoriders...
VOTE: As an administer, I am fascinated that there is currently a four-way tie for september's gallery (on right)! Turtles, armoured fish, aetosaurs, and glyptodons are all tied with 9 votes each. BE THE DECIDING FACTOR and WRITE HISTORY!!!
Over at the Living Lines Library, a number of production drawings and animation cels from Don Bluth's The Land Before Time (1988) were recently posted. Click the links below to check them out!
The Land Before Time (1988) - Production Drawings
The Land Before Time (1988) - Production Cels
And while you're there, don't be afraid to explore the rest of the blog. The site has a rich collection of pencil tests, story boards, concept art, and other artwork from a number of animated films. Good stuff!
In case you missed the results of our last poll the Carboniferous won. Meaning...
This July 1st, anything and everything from the Carboniferous period is fair game for its own work of art!
If you're new to the site, we accept any and all artwork submitted that is themed around any of our gallery topics. Just send your submission(s), along with any accompanying text you'd like with them, and the link to your website/blog/online picture gallery to our email email@example.com, and we'll post them!
This week's installment (okay honestly these are not likely to be a weekly event :P ) comes to you (again) from Canada. However unlike our first encounter on the eastern side of the country this one is from the west coast (that is a freaking huge distance... 3/4 the width of the 2nd largest country on Earth!) in British Columbia.
This encounter took place a mere week ago on May. 10th 2010 at the Sunshine Coast of BC between ART Evolved cofounders Craig Dylke and Peter Bond. As you might be able to tell from the suits it wasn't a standard random encounter.
No Peter was there to help Craig out doing a fairly big job...
Yeah so this is not a low key typical encounter of ART Evolved people, but we still want to know about and see when members of our community (whether proper blog members or just readers/followers of the site) run into one another. Even if you live in the same city or stumble into one another at a far flung conference, please record it and share it with the rest of the community. We might even have to start keeping score (in that case Peter is currently winning at moment... for the moment :P)
Jeffrey Catherine Jones struggledwith battles that other painters never had to face. His fragile nervous system supported his great talent the way-- in the words of Bob Dylan-- a mattress balances on a bottle of wine.
As a boy, I loved the beauty and elegance of Jones' work but I didn't understand the true scope of his achievement. It was only after I made contact with him later in life that I began to appreciate the demands that his personal chemistry placed on his courage.
In what should have been his most productive years, Jones was stalked by the Great Sadness. His goals became more complex:
The goal was to somehow survive until morning while working my way ever upwards toward the coming morning light and the safety of the surface. I moved steadily, avoiding as much as possible, the swaying, reaching dead and the slabs of torn bologna spinning through the air.
Jones responded to his challenges with great valor. In his life, he created some glorious work at great personal cost and left a wonderful legacy for the rest of us.
After a brief hiatus I've managed to post the latest in my occasional series on building a 3D dinosaur over at Paleo Illustrata. This post outlines the research involved before preparing to model a Triceratops in 3D; some of this will be old hat to may of you but hopefully it will provide pointers to anyone wanting to have a go at creating ancient life reconstructions on the computer. This subject is already being covered by some fine artists and inspiration can be gained by swinging by Angie Rodrigues' brilliant blog where she's modelling an Olorotitan which is setting the standard (gulp!) by which all other 3D modellers might be judged, and also have a gander at thoracosaurus.blogspot.com where Evan Boucher created an animated Thoracosaurus neocesariensis for his masters thesis and is a accomplished piece of reconstruction complete with the methodology.
What differentiates all of these blogs is that there are as many ways of constructing a workflow, methodology and artistic experience and creativity to create 3D reconstructions as there are artists, so hopefully I will be adding to rather than reproducing the work of other workers. As ever, comments very welcome!
His composition is fearless; look at how boldly he plants that figure in the center of the page, perfectly balanced as if by a Zen master. No need to hedge his bets with wispy lines implying a background. His primeval "L" shape is a design so basic and timeless it might as well have been etched into a cave wall.
Yet, the strength of his design doesn't undermine the subtlety of his drawing.
Williams' shading starts our eyes at the model's face, but the shading is soon softened by gouache as we travel down her body. The shading disappears altogether where her sparsely drawn toes form a peninsula with his signature.
Williams' sensitive line displays the kind of clarity that only comes with genuine knowledge of the human form.
Artists have been drawing the human form since the world was new. There is certainly nothing shockingly original about this basic pose. Isn't it marvelous, then, that variations such as this one continue to delight, inspire and educate us?
Do you remember this from the show?!?
Illustrator Robert Heindel once said about his hero Bernie Fuchs, "Look at the things he does. Who else would paint a tree with the sun behind it? I would never attempt it."
Winslow Homer understood this well: that the distinction between tree and sun, and between foreground and background, and between me and you, is obliterated in the fullness of time:
In September 1940 Hitler began his blitz campaign of dropping incendiary bombs on the major population centers of Britain, hoping to burn the civilians into submission. Night after night for months, London was set aflame. After a particularly vicious bombing run on December 29, Winston Churchill ruefully cabled Franklin Roosevelt, "They burned a large part of the city of London last night."
Citizens risked their lives to form auxiliary fire brigades in an effort to douse the flames and save as many homes, factories and lives as possible. A number of the firemen caught in the inferno felt compelled to record their trauma in art.
The painting above is by a fireman whose comrades were rushing with sand buckets to put out an incendiary. The painting below is by fireman / artist Leonard Rosoman who witnessed two firemen buried under a collapsing wall of red hot brick. One of the two firemen had just relieved Rosoman who had been holding that hose moments before.
These painters had little equipment or resources. Firefighter W. Matvyn Wright painted the following image on the only surface available, a ping pong table top:
These artists clung to art through their desperate ordeal. Threatened with imminent invasion by the Nazis, watching their precious national heritage turn to ash, art helped them to cope. For them, art was no cultural luxury. It was serious business.
Another person who is reputed to understand the seriousness of art is private equity fund manager Stephen Schwarzman, one of Wall street's 25 Most "Serious" Art Collectors. Schwarzman, a multi-bilionaire with five mansions worth a combined $125 million, recently spent $3 million on his own birthday party. He had beautiful models parading around dressed as James Bond girls, and paid singer Rod Stewart to serenade him.
A substantial percentage of Schwarzman's immense wealth came from lobbying for favorable laws and special tax treatment. For example, Schwarzman fought the Sarbanes Oxley laws against corporate misconduct and backed special tax benefits for profits from private equity funds. Recently, when President Obama questioned whether a person worth $8 billion should continue to have a lower tax rate than the chauffer who drives him around, an outraged Schwarzman complained, "It’s a war, like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.”
So both Schwarzman and the firefighters of the London blitz share a common perspective: they both know the horrors of war with Hitler, and they both seek to find solace through art.
But what else do these two experiences of art have in common?
If the firefighters' paintings are more meaningful and urgent and relevant to daily life than Schwarzman's prestigious collection, those qualities are worth taking into consideration. That still doesn't make the firefighters better artists but it reminds us that there is more than one yardstick for measuring art.
My personal favorite best dressed dinosaur is:
One honorable mention who didn't make it onto this list goes out to our own friend Traumador the Tyrannosaur! That sure is one nice red shirt he's got on.
Weapon of Mass Imagination has a lipped Gorgosaurus in progress.
- What's Wrong With Deinonychus?
- Dinosaur Battle Town
- "The Land Before Time" Production Artwork
- One Day Son
- September Poll is up!
- Upcoming Gallery
- Evolved Encounter: Craig and Peter
- JEFFREY CATHERINE JONES (1944-2011)
- Back to building a 3D dinosaur - research
- ONE LOVELY DRAWING, part 36
- Evolved Encounter: Glendon and Peter
- POP ART: He-Man riding a Triceratops
- ART Submitted: Sameer's Tyrannosaur
- "BACKGROUND" IS ONLY A TEMPORARY CONDITION
- ARTISTS AT WAR, part 3
- The Best and Worst Dressed Dinosaurs
- Input on a Gorgosaurus please!
- Sugar High
- Transitional ART Forms- End of April 2011
- ARTISTS IN LOVE, part 18
- The Hadrosaur Gallery
- _Hesperornis_ Challenge
- The definitive art book on the Steampunk genre. "...
- New ART Evolved Blood!
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