Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Free Figure Model Resource [feedly]

Free Figure Model Resource
// Muddy Colors

-By Arnie Fenner

Back in 2014 I did a post about a free resource for nude models on YouTube. Since there are always new visitors to MC and blogger doesn't make searching the archives particularly easy, I thought it would be helpful to remind everyone of these invaluable videos.

If you don't have access to live models or figure drawing classes (or the funds to hire or attend either) the Croquis Cafe: The Artist Model Resource is a lifesaver. At this point there are several hundred videos with new additions posted fairly regularly. Poses are held from 1 to 5 minutes, you can freeze frames for as long as you might need, and the various videos feature men and women of all ethnicities and body types.

These videos are not the least bit salacious—but obviously are "not safe for work" or intended for the easily offended or for kids. Or for immature mooks looking for a cheap thrill. Using models (nude and clothed), of course, is an important part of being an artist; anatomy is a life-long study and if the artist doesn't know what the body does—in action or repose—they can't understand why clothes hang or fly or drape the way they do. If the artist understands the body—knows their anatomy as best they can—they can convincingly make their characters do anything.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tension and Tragedy: Beautifully Haunting Works by Alice Wellinger [feedly]

Tension and Tragedy: Beautifully Haunting Works by Alice Wellinger
// Brown Paper Bag


Artist and illustrator Alice Wellinger creates surreal imagery that deals with the troubles of daily life and of childhood memories. Her realistic approach to these figures and accompanying subjects has a eerie effect—it's as if they actually exist, but in a way that's similar to a vivid dream. Did these things really happen or was it just a figment of your imagination?

Her conceptual—and often, thematically dark—work lends itself well to things that aren't so cheery. Most recently, she created a series of illustrations about Shakespeare's famous tragedy, Othello.











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Anderson's Brother & Sister Covers [feedly]

Anderson's Brother & Sister Covers
// Gurney Journey

In 1949, illustrator Harry Anderson did a series of covers for Woman's Home Companion featuring a blond-haired brother having fun with his brunette sister. 

Anderson was a specialist in painting children for the women's magazines. The covers in this series are consistently well drawn and full of Anderson's generous and playful spirit. 

Harry Anderson (1906-1996) painted in gouache or casein because he was allergic to oil. If you want to see more examples of his work, check out the online collection by Jim Pinkoski.


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