When I was in high school, I worked at a small mom-and-pop frame shop. My job was to cut mats and assemble the final frame package (moulding, glass, mats, art and backing plus hanging hardware). It was great experience for a young artist. The way we did it then, and the way it’s still done when you take a piece of art somewhere to be framed is you look at zillions of matboard corner samples, play with different combinations until you find something you like and then finally pick a moulding to complement it all. That’s probably the ideal way [...]
These photos were forwarded from Gail Brill’s Green Circle group up in Saranac Lake, NY. These tire sculptures are amazing but there was no information in the email about the artist(s). I’d love to give credit where credit is due – but I have no idea who created these. If you know, let me know! I hope the “raw materials” weren’t steel belted – I imagine they’d be extra tough to work with. Anyway, here are a few of the amazing tire sculptures. Enjoy!
“Oh, rarely had the words poured from my penny pencil with such feverish fluidity.” – Ralphie, in A Christmas Story Early literary efforts aside, many artists will tell you that the humble pencil was their first real art medium. Not counting the crayons we all colored with as children, I clearly remember that my first serious efforts were pencil drawings. Consider the advantages of pencils. They’re lightweight, require no messy solvents or water to work, clean-up is a snap and – as art supplies go, anyway – are relatively cheap. They only require a drawing surface (which is widely available) [...]
I have long been an admirer of illustrator Drew Stuzan’s work and today I finally got to see his absolutely fabulous DVD, Conceiving and Creating the Hellboy Movie Poster Art. (I must admit that since I’m much more into art than movies, someone actually had to explain to me who/what Hellboy is.) This DVD is, hands down, one of the top 2 or 3 “how to” art videos I’ve seen. The first part of the video demonstrates the conceptual process that that goes into developing the final poster image you see at the theater. The best part for me however, [...]