Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Art of Charley Harper

  "When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don't see feathers, fur, scapulars or tail coverts - none of that. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting: in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe."
                                                                                                  - Charley Harper

  Charley Harper was a conservationist as well as an artist. His whimsical, colorful, and geometric take on the animal kingdom made Harper famous. He illustrated many books, prints, posters, and magazines. A few of his notable works are: The  Golden Book of Biology and Ford Times magazine. To learn more

  I recently discovered Harper and have been very impressed by his style. His work is so fun and vibrant! I have posted some of his works below. I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Art of Masks

  Masks have been around for centuries. From theatrical to religious purposes to a costume accessory, masks have played a major part in our world. They allow one to transform or conceal their identity.  Masks, for this reason, have become very elaborate pieces of art to create.  The variety and diversity of masks are endless.  Here are just a few of the many masterpieces created.

Masks are not only very fun to create/decorate, but they are good paint subjects too! Try it out!
A scene from the film Labyrinth 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Masterpiece of Animation: Fantasia

    Fantasia was a 1940 movie produced by Walt Disney. It is a timeless classic despite having little to no dialog! The film mirrors Walt's Silly Symphonies (a animated tv show done only to music) with its' musical attributes.  A sequel of Fantasia was created, called Fantasia 2000. The animation in both films is utterly fantastic! The movies make classical music fun!  Below are scenes from the (first) film and inspired artwork. Enjoy!
*Sorry about largely spaced pictures! I'm not sure why that keeps happening!
Don't you love the stars? 

I love how Disney portray magic and pixie dust! It's too cute!!!

Notice the dotted background of blues. See how the fairy trail is also made of dots. Dots can do wonders.

I adore the soft, fluffy, and brightness of the colors. This is hand-drawn animation at its' best.

She is so pretty! I love her warm smile, the soft colors in her dress, and her pink hair.

It's Magic!
I like how the background is done in this scene. Especially, how the color jumps from green to black with in-between shades of blue. Also, notice the blurred reflection in the water. 
Check out the gum-ball bushes!
I love the swirls of color  in this one.

I will probably post more pictures because I love the art in this movie! Now, I will do non-Disney movies too! I want to be fair. Well, anyways....I hope you enjoyed!

*Hey! These images are great wallpapers for your electronic devises.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Artistic Magic of Fairies

    Fairies have captured the hearts of all ages in many tales and stories. They are magical and mythical. Thus, giving artists a wide range of possibilities in creating their appearance. Fairies are wonderful to create because they are the imagination run wild. They are small, winged-humans who live in forest and gardens. They live in villages and wear clothing made from plants (or gowns). Most fairies are good and have the power to grant wishes or cast spells.

This is a depiction of a elegant, life-sized fairy. The blurred background gives depth and a 3-D effect. The artist is a great shader. The hair is beautifully golden.  I love it!

Take a peek at the sunlight and how it reflects on the fairy. I love the aspect of the sun. It brings so much life to the picture. They light colors are very fun.