Archive for January, 2010

Be Proactive with Gallery Representation

Posted in Business Issues on Sunday, January 31, 2010 by Todd Shaffer

Armand Cabrera has posted a very good article on how one should be proactive with the galleries that represent their work.


Henry Raleigh

Posted in Artists on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Todd Shaffer

Henry Raleigh is one of my favorite illustrators from the early 20th century.  David Apatoff has put together a very informative introduction to Henry Raleigh.

Marquardt Facial Mask

Posted in Portraiture on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Todd Shaffer

Dr. Stephen Marquardt has spend many years analysing beauty and has developed a facial mask — simply a grid for facial structure — which he believes is the ideal human proportion that has been wired into our genetic code.

Matthew Innis has looked at this and tested the grid on a number of photos and paintings of “beautiful” people.  The grid does work pretty well, but on the same hand, it doesn’t always agree with our cultural ideals (such as Brad Pitt).

Despite any controversy, what I like about the grid is that it has use in painting figures.  It helps to simplify proportions and to look at the human face as a collection of planes.  It’s also very similar to the facial grid that Andrew Loomis developed, which you can find in many of his books.

Matthew Innis post on Marquardt’s mask >>>

Famous Artist School

Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Todd Shaffer

The Famous Artist Course was created back in the mid-20th century, and was a very robust correspondance course that developed the fundamentals of good art through units of study taught by well known and very talent artists.

The Famous Artist School is operating today on the same basic principles, and their program is very similar to the one introduced last century. It’s worth checking out.

Famous Artist School >>>