I find cool stuff all the time that I’d like to share, but don’t have the time to write a full page article about. Below I’ve listed some of the things I’ve come across during the past week.
How I Paint
Sterling Hundley just released “How I Paint“, a video demonstration about his painting process with mixed media. He uses a combination of graphite, acrylic, gouache, watercolor and ink and focuses on explaining how to make each medium interact in such a way to create a unified painting.
I don’t have much interest in working with mixed media, but I like being able to see the working process of artists I admire. Video demonstrations aren’t the best way to learn, but I think they’re useful for providing inspiration and alternative ways of working. For example, I never would have thought to use a CD jewel case as a palette.
A Solitary Mann
This documentary by filmmaker Loic Zimmermann is a short look at the daily life and work of painter Jeremy Mann. If you’re not familiar with his work, Mann is known for his distinctive cityscapes that skirt the line between realism and abstraction.
The thing I liked most about this documentary was, despite its slick production, what really comes through is the mundanity of a practicing artists day-to-day life. At one point toward the end of the movie, Mann discusses the romantic notions people seem to attribute to his life. He doesn’t go out of his way to disprove those notions (self-mythologizing can be a good form of marketing) but it’s obvious from watching the film that he’s not living some exotic lifestyle.
One last note: it’s actually fun to watch Mann paint. He uses unusual methods and tools on very large panels for his cityscapes which result in a very energetic and dynamic performance.
Check it out here.
If you like A Solitary Mann you should check out Gamma Wray, also by Loic Zimmermann
Peter Han is running a Kickstarter campaign for the Dynamic Bible, a book that will cover the material he teaches at Art Center and CGMA. It’s available in both digital and print format, with the latter resembling a sketchbook similar to the kind Han uses.
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