Friday, August 29, 2014

So Speaks Kirby (The art of Jack Kirby)

I decided to finish up my week of animators with a comic book artist and one of the world's most prolific character designers.  You might not like this style, but you probably love one or more of his characters.

Wikipedia link to Jack Kirby

Thursday, August 28, 2014

He's Not The Artist You Want, But The Artist You Need (Art of Bruce Timm)

Batman: The Animated Series was something new when it premiered. It wasn't the Superfriends, it wasn't Adam West's Batman. It was a serious take on Batman in the vein of the first Tim Burton Batman movie.  The artists and art direction were amazing, and DC Animation still leads Marvel on the small screen.  Bruce Timm was part of this resurgence.

Wikipedia article on Bruce Timm

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When You Wish Upon A Star...(Art of Walt Disney and Osamu Tezuka)

When you ask two artist friends what is a style of art that should be posted - you get varied responses, but when it comes to animation, both have strong opinions.  So today I am featuring two artists and the rest of this week will feature classic animation artists.

Walt Disney and Osamu Tezuka are both legends in their respective countries, but both are legends in animation and usually I post stills. I have decided to post stills of or based on their work and some video clips.

Wikipedia article for Walt Disney

Wikipedia article for Osamu Tezuka

Youtube link for Episode One of Kimba the White Lion (a.k.a. the idea for The Lion King)

Youtube link for the Flower romance scene in Bambi

Friday, August 22, 2014

Land Shark - Get in the Water! (Art of Bruce Weber)

While working this morning, CBS did a segment on Bruce Weber.  While known for his fashion photographs, I found a piece I found perfect for the last few days of summer.

Sea by Bruce Weber

Wikipedia page for Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber's official website

Archive - Not Gluten Free! (Art of Van Gogh)

Part of the Wheat Fields series - posted February 16
Wheat Field with Cypresses

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Archive - Stay Up All Night to Get Lucky (Part of The Loves of the Gods by Carracci)

Posted on February 12th on my Facebook - Jupiter and Juno, part of The Loves of the Gods

A Nice Day for a Rubber Ducky! (Art of Florentijn Hofman)

I saw the article on my twitter feed about the 61 foot tall duck that was sailing into the Port of Los Angeles - an art project created by Florentijn Hofman.

A quote appearing in Time, “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation,” he said in a statement on the festival’s website. “The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve the world’s tensions as well as define them.”

He has done other works as well, like this statue called Steelman.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Archive - Old School (The School of Athens)

Thirtieth Anniversary is a Pearl Mosque (Art of Vasily Vereshchagin)

You wake up, look at Tumblr - which leads you to Carlo Mollino and his car, which leads you to Dr. Tasveer and his photos of architecture in India, and that leads you the Pearl Mosque and a painting by Vasily Vereshchagin. [See random art]

It appears this painting was sold by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2011 (

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Archive - Don't Lose Your Head (Caravaggio)

The idea is to flood Facebook with art, breaking the monotony of banality and bit strips. Whoever likes this will get an artist. Publish a piece by that artist with this text. The home museum for this painting is in Rome. (Posted on February 9th)

Oh Death (Mask that is - of Queen Elizabeth I)

Watching Supernatural and realized I have yet to post a death mask. So today's art is a death mask of Queen Elizabeth I.

A link to the Laurence Hutton collection of masks at Princeton

Wikipedia article on death masks

Youtube link to Jen Titus's "O Death"

I have also decided to post the art I started with on Facebook in additional posts.

Monday, August 18, 2014

End of Summer Barbecue (Art of Archibald Motley)

End of summer - decided to look around locally and at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth you can see an Archibald Motley exhibit for another week.  Today's selection is Barbecue.

Wikipedia article on Archibald Motley

Link to the Nasher Museum at Duke

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Dark Side of Friday (Art of Storm Thorgerson)

Today's art comes from Storm Thorgerson, the artist behind one of the most well known album covers of all time, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.

The following is from the Cranberries's album Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.

However, you have to include a few others...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's a Fine Day for a Wailing River...

Gustave Dore's Dante and Virgil traversing Cocytus

The Sisters of Mercy is one of my favorite bands and I had always wondered about some of their album covers.  For the EP Body and Soul, a modification of Gustave Dore's work was used.  His engravings have been used by other artists as well.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Day, New Order

Since yesterday was Joy Division, today's art is from the band that emerged after the unfortunate suicide of Joy Division's lead singer, Ian Curtis.  Power, Corruption, and Lies was released by Factory Records. The painting used for the album cover is "A Basket of Roses" by Henri Fantin-Latour.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Art for Tuesday.  Today's album cover is from one of my favorite albums, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures.  The album was designed by Peter Saville and used a modified radio wave image.
This week's art theme is album covers. One of my favorite designers and artists is Roger Dean. While he is probably best known for Yes and Asia album covers, I wanted to do something a little different.
The album artwork for Paladin's "Charge!"


In February, a friend posted on Facebook about posting a piece of art.  Several friends got on board and posted some of their favorite works of art, but somehow I have managed to keep going.  Most of my selections are visual pieces, but not all of them.  I post whatever strikes my fancy based on a mood, a reading I am doing for my degree in History, or any old thing.  Some selections might not be safe for work, but I hope they are at least thought provoking and enjoyable.  My format is the art and then links about the artwork or artistic movement. As my posts continue, I hope you enjoy them...and I always take suggestions.