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  1. Why Art Theory and the Dominant Narrative are Wrong (5/3/2021) - The truth, I like to say, is moderately simple, but lies must be elaborate. If you don’t agree with the conclusions of obtuse art theory, than, frankly, you are presumed intellectually and possibly morally inferior. Insults will flock towards you like mosquitoes when your evening walk meanders too close to the swamp. Obviously you know…
  2. My new video explains why so much contemporary art sucks (4/30/2021) - The video focuses on the fact that the big name art stars make art, not for their artists peers, or even for themselves, but rather for the billionaire buyers who they think are suckers waiting to be fleeced. This art, further, is coming out of the Duchampian, anti-art, appropriationist tradition, which incidentally allows artists to churn out bigger and slicker products, faster, and get them into the marketplace for the purposes of speculation and moving money. Quite naturally, art made to sell fast to suckers with millions in disposable income doesn't appeal to artists and connoisseurs who love art for its inherent qualities.
  3. Why big name artists don’t make art for other artists, or themselves (4/23/2021) - Artists are among the least satisfied by what the blue-chip art world is churning out, and there’s a simple reason why. I’ve known for decades that thousands of dot paintings, for example, couldn’t hold an artist’s attention; and if you’d seen one, you’d seen them all. There’s the old notion of being an artist’s artist,…
  4. Runaway Rant: the news isn’t new, and the latest urgent conversations took place before I was born (4/21/2021) - The conversations we are told we so desperately need to have, have already been had, and better, before I was born. Science races forward so fast that the science fiction of my youth has been outstripped in many instances — consider the Starship Enterprise didn’t even have computers that could run Windows — and the…
  5. My Digitally Cleaned Salvator Mundi (4/14/2021) - If you watched my last video, you know what this is all about. I’ve been very critical of the status of the Salvator Mundi as an authentic da Vinci, mostly because of egregious amateur errors the master would never make. However, many of these errors and the overall fluffy, cream-puff aura the current incarnation of…
  6. New Video: Resurrecting Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi from Over Restoration (4/10/2021) - Is the Salvator Mundi really by Leonardo da Vinci? Did the restoration botch it horribly? I argue the latter is absolutely true, and the former probable. I graphically show where the restoration took some liberties that clearly illustrate a divergence from the original painting, in which case the end result is anything but a da…
  7. New Video: Hirst Versus Beeple: Who Is The NFT Art God? (3/31/2021) - If you were wondering what a digital artist like me thinks of Beeple, and his $69 million sale at Christies of a JPEG he most likely used an algorithm to produce in a matter of seconds, this video should make that apparent. Meanwhile an all-time least favorite, Damien Hirst has announced plans to overtake Beeple…
  8. New Video: Salvator Mundi FACEPLANT (3/27/2021) - Is the Salvator Mundi really a painting by Leonardo da Vinci? Why are Christ's eyes so wonky? Who broke the nose of Jesus? And why are there so many amateur mistakes? The painting doesn't appear good enough to be by the great artist, but there's a surprise revelation.
  9. No News for Over 3 Weeks: I’m Cured (3/16/2021) - After jettisoning the news for 3 weeks, I've started a YouTube channel and produced 1.5 videos.
  10. Adam Curtis’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”: My Reaction (3/12/2021) - By now I’ve seen every documentary Adam Curtis has put out, and his latest 6-part series is available on his own channel on YouTube. It’s of the same high standard as are his previous works. I’ll link to all of them for convenience at the bottom of the post. Part 1: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain.…
  11. Debute Video on My YouTube Art Channel (3/11/2021) - My fledgling video about art for my YouTube channel.
  12. New YouTube Channel: Art vs Machine (3/7/2021) - My new YouTube channel has arrived!
  13. Cruel Abominations of the Old Masters Exposed: Goya’s “Maja” (2/26/2021) - Goya's infamous nude "Maja" has some problems.
  14. Runaway Rant: Art succeeds inspite of politics, not because of it (2/24/2021) - Why politics are the enemy of art.
  15. Cute fish exercise, with animation (2/22/2021) - This little guy isn’t up to the standards of my other recent sculpts, but the takeaway of the exercise was training at retopology, using alpha images to create textures, and how this can affect a form in animation. If it sounds complicated, probably because it is, a bit. And I know far too much about…
  16. My Dastardly Fan Art Featured in a Sonic & Amy Video (2/17/2021) - My dastardly fan art digital painting of Sonic and Amy is featured is a video by the official Sonamy people.
  17. Some Sorta Orc: Sculpt Practice (2/12/2021) - Got a bit carried away with a beginner Blender sculpting tutorial. Organic sculpting is the reason I decided to explore Blender months ago. For me, the ability to sculpt digitally is the most astounding capacity of digital art. To do something like the above by analogue means, I’d need a lot of space, materials, oodles…
  18. Another Alien (2/6/2021) - This alien is just the result of going through a tutorial and taking it in my own direction. I’m doing several organic sculpting tutorials in order to see how different artists approach the medium, and picking up which techniques work best for me. Here’s the tutorial I was going off of I gave my alien…
  19. Alien Tutorial Results (2/2/2021) - After months of working on hard-surface modeling, I’ve finally started doing organic sculpture in Blender. I did some work in ZBrush before, so this is more familiar terrain. The real magic is going to happen when I combine organic and hard-surface modeling, and start making complex scenes. This was just an exercise I knocked out…
  20. New Banksy Mural a Blast! (1/30/2021) - Reblogged from: By Joanna Jones New Banksy Mural a Blast! Lactose Intolerance No Laughing Matter Banksy has confirmed that he is behind a new artwork depicting an old woman succumbing to a violent ‘shart’, and holding a kerchief to her nose to block out any odor, after consuming a glass of whole milk. The political…
  21. Confession: I had to abandon Ubuntu (1/29/2021) - I tried. I really wanted to go with a free, open-source operating system and programs. There were clear benefits, including not having to worry about viruses and anti-virus software. I wouldn’t have to locate and disable hidden options that compromise privacy, including the “keylogging” option [checked “on” by default] that sends your every keystroke to…
  22. Runaway Rant: I identify as a shapeless, colorless, genderless soul (1/27/2021) - What quackery is this?! Is your pronoun going to be “that”, or is “that” already taken? No woo-woo here, folks. I’m not saying I don’t have a shape, color, or gender, or that those things don’t have importance, I merely point out what should be so obvious that everyone takes it for granted. It is…
  23. Droid ship in space New Droid-ship Animation (1/25/2021) - This one’s 420 frames, and comes out to 17 seconds. It’s more sophisticated technically than my earlier animations, and the video includes sound. ~ Ends
  24. Concept and Realization + I detest GIMP (1/22/2021) - Making a concept sketch was really useful. I was going for something a bit weird. I kept a lot of the design, including the small, circular spider eyes on top of the “head”; the peculiar navigation flippers in the front; and of course the four legs with different tools on the ends. I ended up…
  25. Finished the Tutorial: Droid Creation and Animation (1/19/2021) - This free, four-part tutorial on YouTube is one of my favorite tutorials so far, including paid ones. You learn to sculpt the droid using hard-surface modeling; then to rig it so you can move the parts and animate it; then to texture-paint it; and finally to animate it and make a video. I think a…
  26. Confession: I Converted ~ Open and Free (1/17/2021) - Windows my friends, Microsoft itself, Adobe and its Photoshop, are no longer an integral part of my waking existence. You could say that they can join Facebook & Twitter in the hell-o-sphere. I fooked off the proprietary, pay-to-play, hold-you-hostage platforms, and am now smooth sailing with all free, open source programs. I would have done…
  27. Runaway Rant: Participating in politics is inviting war into your life. (1/14/2021) - I’m retiring from politics. I’d managed to avoid engaging in the political quagmire for months on end, largely because I publicly pledged to do so after the media and politicians created an extremely volatile, self-fulfilling prophecy of racial discord, hatred, distrust, and violence, all in the name of advertising clicks and other ulterior motives. I…
  28. Runaway Rant: Is it Time to Crush the Conservatives? (1/12/2021) - I’ve railed against conservatives on this blog. When authors of a study dared suggest that political affiliation was dependent on “predispositions” rather than choice, I fumed: That kind of milquetoast thinking is just finding excuses for social cowardice. We know that social change has demanded great sacrifice, because those who have power, whether they are…
  29. Reality is Now the Enemy! (1/10/2021) - I’m old school on reality. Well, technically, I’m kinda’ old period. And white. And male. You could say I am a remnant of a bygone era. I still believe that reality should be sought, and accepted, and that to do so is healthy and necessary. We should defer to the greater argument. There are a…
  30. Back in Black, with Grunge and Scratches (1/9/2021) - It got a paint job. Texture painting in Blender takes a lot of getting used to. It’s not exactly what one would call intuitive, as in, you can’t just figure it out yourself. All objects need to be UV unwrapped before you can paint on them, and UV unwrapping is its own discipline. There are…
  31. Runaway Rant: My Art is not a “Practice” (1/8/2021) - I am absolutely certain that you will never find in over 500 posts on this blog that I’ve ever referred to my art-making as a practice. I just make art. I don’t have a practice. Recently, a lot of people are referring to their art-making as a practice — even landscape painters — as if…
  32. 2020 Art Highlights (1/6/2021) -
  33. New Droid Animation + Print (1/3/2021) - You may have seen this character from a few days ago. I added a subtle motion blur to the background by creating an animation, and isolating this frame to make a still. Then I decided to explore the possibility of animating the droid-ship flying through the tunnel. You can see the higher quality result on…
  34. Droid Animations (1/1/2021) - Hot Dog! I figured out how to do some basic animation to get this droid careening into the enemy landing bay, hovering for an instant, then planting itself, extending its arms, and getting ready to use its tools to cause some dammage. You can watch the version I made for Instagram, which I had to…
  35. The Droid-ship Invades a Landing Bay (12/30/2020) - Mission accomplished. I wanted to knock out a full-fledged, original 3D scene before the year was over, and make a print [see bottom of post]. I’m planning more scenes with this droid, and I already shared a test scene, but here I created the landing bay, posed the droid with its arms and fastening disc…
  36. The Lost Basquiat Portrait of Warhol Rediscovered (12/28/2020) - Up until recently, Basquiat’s infamous portrait of Andy Warhol was only known through a reproduction leaked online. An article surfaced in May of 2017 alleging this painting was being auctioned on the dark web for $150,000,000 following the sale of Basquiat’s skull painting for $100,000,000. Both paintings appeared to be from the same period, and…
  37. Droid-ship with test environment (12/26/2020) - The end of the year is coming, and people are making posts about the art they created in 2020. I thought I should complete one full-fledged, original, 3D scene. How about putting my new droid-ship in an environment? Here I just tested making a quick environment just to see if I could put my model…
  38. The Droid/Ship Model is Finished: New Additions (12/24/2020) - This just means the model (or mesh) is finished. As is the rigging, so that I can easily pose it. Next up is the “materials” phase, where I will see about improving on the uniform metal texture. Then I’ll need to create some sort of backdrop or environment. But let’s get on to the new…
  39. Droid Update: Tools (12/19/2020) - New developments! Each of our droid’s appendages are now outfitted with tools for dismantling enemy machines, and the descending disc includes a suction cup mechanism. Let’s take a quick look at the tools: You just gotta’ have a saw. Each tool has an adjacent rudimentary eye (that’s the green dot). We’ll get to what the…
  40. Another Droid Update: It Can Run (12/13/2020) - It wasn’t even the plan. It’s a flying droid, and it has arms or legs that will be outfitted with various tools. I designed it to be able to stand, and even walk if necessary. I put globular, glowing modules on the tips of its legs to help it gain purchase on surfaces. But I…
  41. The Argument for Free Speech & Against Censorship (12/11/2020) - [This is a re-post of an article I wrote 3 years ago, and which sadly has become increasingly relevant, so much so that one can’t even articulate why it is relevant today without risking being censored for doing so. Censorship is no longer the bad word it used to be, or something liberals oppose on…
  42. DROID UPDATE (12/9/2020) - Remember this guy? I’ve made some additions and modifications. [Note: you SHOULD be able to click on any of the images to see a larger version in a new tab, if you’re using a computer, that is.] Working on the legs. It’ll have probably more than two, not sure about 3 or 4. You first…
  43. Droid in Progress (12/5/2020) - It might remind you of a jumping spider, a cuttlefish, or a Cylon ship, because it reminds me of all those things. This is just the main structure — OK, think of a head — plus a few of it’s extra apparatuses (eyes, guns, and ailerons]. It will get more weapons, a grill of sorts,…
  44. Projects and Tutorials Update (12/4/2020) - There’s something special about Blender tutorials. Even more than digital painting tutorials, you really get into the instructor’s minds, and learn their workflows. Part of the difference is that digital painting has a lot more to do with the physical process of drawing, whereas in Blender the computer handles most the mechanics of representation, and…
  45. Robot in Progress (11/29/2020) - A glass head! That’s the one idea I had before starting, and a vague notion that I wanted to go retro. OK, to be fair, it’s not really glass, but rather some super sturdy, shatterproof, glass-like substance, of course. It’s an excuse for me to put lights in there and who knows what else. The…
  46. Finished the Course: Blender 2.8 Complete Training (11/26/2020) - Course evaluation of Blender 2.8 Complete Training by Julien Deville. This adorable robot is not my design. Anyone who completed the course would have produced something very similar, along with a bunch of other small projects. [Never fear, dear readers, in order to retain the skills we learned, I’ll create my own original robot next.]…
  47. Tricking Americans into Hating Each Other for Profit and Political Gain (11/10/2020) - I vowed on September 26th not to say anything on my blog about politics until the election was over. I succeeded, and it’s a lot harder to NOT speak out than it is to vent. The election lingers, but the voting is over. I just have a small observation or two. The vast majority of…
  48. Finally, I get to paint in 3d (11/3/2020) - No, this gawdawful mess is not my “art”! It’s a stage in a tutorial course, where I’m experimenting with how to paint on a model. I’ve done hundreds of hours of tutorials, and finally I get to some of the bits that for me are the real fun part. I mean, the main reason I…
  49. The Art Documentaries of Waldemar Januszczak in HD on YouTube (10/21/2020) - Waldemar (gotta’ love that name] has been growing on me. I mean, I disagree with him quite a lot, not only in his assessments of art and artists, but just in terms of how he describes what we are looking at. He might declare a painting morose that I find quite chipper. But after initially…
  50. Final Vintage School Desk in Blender, 2 versions (10/20/2020) - The first version is essentially all Blender, and the second incorporates using Photoshop to show one desk as mostly wire-frame, and the other partially so. The concept addresses the theme of “modern learning”, and I was commissioned to create something along those lines for a forthcoming publication. My idea, because I am so busy learning…
  51. Making a Vintage School Desk in Blender: Part 2, Materials (10/14/2020) - A possible downside of creating this vintage desk in Blender is that now I want one, and can’t have it. Even if I could track down one of the extant remaining models, and have it shipped out to SE Asia, not only would I have no place to put it, but it wouldn’t be my…
  52. Making a Vintage School Desk in Blender: In Progress (10/11/2020) - I’m doing a little side project, or what would be if I weren’t involved in it (you’ll see why]. And when I say “would be” I’m referring to “little”. I’m making something for a publication on the topic of “modern learning”, and my idea was to use a vintage desk and make a gradient where…
  53. Of Still Lifes, Blender, and Tutorials (10/7/2020) - In 2020 you can make traditional fine-art still lifes using the free 3D modeling program, Blender. Above is the result of my going through an online tutorial by Zach Reinhardt, with CG Boost. It’s one of several tutorials I’ve been doing simultaneously. I added the bananas, changed the materials on the knife, and did my…
  54. Wayne Vs. Cattelan: Blender for Contemprary Art (10/4/2020) - Long term followers of my blog know I’m not a huge fan of Maurizio Cattelan’s banana duct-taped to a wall stunt. Some might even say that I was one of its most outstanding critics [see: Is Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 Banana Brilliant Art or Bullshit on a Platter? and A Moment of Solipsism Triggered by Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana.]…
  55. I Made a Banana in Blender (10/3/2020) - My obsession with Blender continues, and I’ve been doing a bunch of tutorials and courses simultaneously. One has you make a basketfull of apples. After learning how to make the apple with the provided resources, I thought I’d practice what I’d learned on another fruit. First you sculpt your banana, which was more challenging than…
  56. Ain’t Sayin’ Squat ‘Til After the Election (9/26/2020) - At least until after the election, folks. The political atmosphere has been in the red for months, and as election time gets closer, it’s likely to spill over into an eruption of anger and lashing out. Well, that’s if the last election is anything to go by. And there are still people I’ve had no…
  57. Digital Donuts and Coffee (9/24/2020) - Got carried away with the tutorials. Let me just show you what the instructor’s piece looked like next to mine. The reason my canvas is square is he had us make them 1080 by 1080, and I went with the challenge. The reason his is no longer square here is … you got me. I…
  58. Digital Donuts (9/19/2020) - This donut is made from pure math. I fashioned this donut in Blender by following along with a famous tutorial series by Blender Guru. So, no credit goes to me for conceiving it. All I did was what I was told to do by the tutorial, and I managed to get through it, along with…
  59. My Blender Enterprise in Space (9/15/2020) - The Enterprise has finally left on its maiden voyage into space, where it’s zooming along at warp speed 6. And that just reveals that I’ve been watching some Star Trek TS on Netflix above and beyond what was necessary to get screen shots of the ship at various angles. Above you can see the model,…
  60. My Enterprise is Finished (9/7/2020) - Thought I’d knock this out in a day as practice, but I never intended to do the small lights, logos, lettering, or any of the more intense details. But once I stuck my toe in, I sunk waist deep, and then soon I was up to my eyeballs. In the end I took it as…
  61. The Orb Descends Into a Canyon (9/4/2020) - Reflections in water — perhaps my very favorite visual phenomenon — are possible to create out of the computational ether in Blender. I didn’t need a clincher to persuade me that working in 3D might be the next avenue of my artistic exploration. I’d already said that Blender is God’s free gift to visual artists,…
  62. Our Orb Comes to Land in a Snowy Forest (9/1/2020) - If you missed the introduction of the tree orb in my last post, here’s a gallery: I kinda’ surprised myself here. I didn’t intend to create these images, or make a sequence out of them. I just woke up this morning and wanted to try combining a few different Blender files I’d produced. After rendering…
  63. The Metal Tree Orb (8/31/2020) - Taking a break from the Enterprise, and having fun with Blender. Here’s a rusty, traveling, metal, tree orb with circular glass on both sides. An amazing thing about working this way — and I’m just doing somewhat rudimentary experiments here — is how many images I can generate. I made the orb in a tutorial,…
  64. The Enterprise, Ongoing (8/31/2020) - I’ve been adding a bunch of little lights. It hasn’t been easy, at all. I won’t bore you with the process, but there’s gotta’ be a better way of doing it than the two methods I use. Nevertheless it’s good practice doing it the crude way. The main disc is DONE! All the little lights,…
  65. The Greater Lesson of Jane Eliot’s Sadistic “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Experiment” on School Children. (8/30/2020) - Russel called me names, and I hit him. Hit him in the gut. What did he call you? Brown eyes. I’m sure you’ve heard about Jane Eliot’s infamous Blue eyes/Brown eyes Experiment, hearkening back to a time when we were permitted as a society to conduct social experiments on students for the greater good of…
  66. One Day Beach Escape (8/27/2020) - OK, it was a day and a half. Enough to burn my skin on one day — despite applying a generous amount of thick, white, sunscreen — and wear a baseball cap in the Andaman sea the next to protect my delicate nose. By some inexplicable miracle, Thailand has been spared the worse of COVID-19,…
  67. My Continuing 3D Voyage with the Enterprise (8/25/2020) - Making the star ship Enterprise in Blender.
  68. Attempting the Enterprise in Blender (v. 2.83.3) (8/22/2020) - Taking a break from my tutorials and practicing the fledgling skills I’ve picked up so far. Can I pull off the enterprise? I THINK I can. Worth a try. First thing was finding some blueprints. I cut them out in Photoshop, and then arranged them in Blender. They form a hollow rectangle, but it doesn’t…
  69. Making a Simple Mech in Blender & Painting with Virtual Reality (8/18/2020) - Above is a mech I made in Blender (v2.83.3). This was fun and compulsive, much like playing a mech war computer game I got into recently, before cutting myself off for wasting too much time on it. I’ve barely scratched the surface of the program, and this creation was my version of a beginner tutorial…
  70. Runaway Rant: Why everything is backwards. (8/10/2020) - Everything I was taught as a child was good is now bad. America is bad. The pilgrims are bad. The founding fathers are bad. Cowboys are bad. Christianity is bad. Christopher Columbus is bad. The police are bad. The free market is bad. White people are bad. Men are bad. The nuclear family is bad. Heterosexuality is bad. Individuality is bad. Independence is bad. Rational thought is bad. In the art world painting is bad. Originality is bad. The old masters are bad. Skill is bad. Beauty is bad.
  71. Basic alien with UFO in Blender 2.83.3 (8/7/2020) - The alien required a flying saucer in the background. If you missed my last post, I’m just doing some practice using beginner techniques in Blender. I do a tutorial or two, take a break, and apply what I’ve learned. It’s a good combo. Instead of getting sick of doing tuts, after messing around on my…
  72. Basic Alien in Blender 2.83.3 (8/6/2020) - Took a break from the rank beginner tutorials to have some fun being creative with the basic building blocks. I’m always going to make aliens, and I’ve been doing it for more than a quarter century. Aliens, robots, cyborgs, and monsters. Green is also my favorite color. I’ve always loved ’em. This one’s greeting us,…
  73. Blender: God’s Free Gift to Visual Artists (8/4/2020) - Blender is a completely FREE powerhouse of a digital sculpting and animating program. It downloads and installs so fast it’s a miracle. That lets you know that somehow, this software that can do so much — you can even make animated movies with it — is lean and clean. For me the biggest blessing is…
  74. Hyper-moralization & the art world (8/1/2020) - We live in a time of extraordinary moralizing. You may have noticed a no-holds-barred competition to see who is the most morally pure, and who isn’t, either by birthright or by belief. There’s always some of that going on. When I was growing up it issued from the religious right. Nancy Reagan famously advised to…
  75. New Art: Stick Girl’s Epiphany (7/30/2020) - And that’s about as far as I could take her. if you’ve followed the development of this piece on my blog you know it was an exercise in technique, and based loosely on a tutorial. It’s evolved into something a bit more, and I’d consider it part of my portfolio. Along the way I discovered…
  76. We can’t agree about anything because… (7/27/2020) - These days everything is controversial and there’s little certainty about anything. Take for example the endless battles over what constitutes a healthy diet [consider Jordan Peterson and his daughter only consume beef, salt, and water]. A big part of this is, I suspect, because somewhere along the line people stopped believing that it is essential…
  77. No Country for White Artists? (7/16/2020) - Museum Curator forced to resign over "toxic white supremacist beliefs"!
  78. Fish & Plant Pots (7/13/2020) - A little something different today. One of my hobbies when I’m more settled is keeping fish and plants. Plants I’m not so good at, and I am perpetually overwatering or underwatering them, and when they start to suffer and I look up what’s wrong with them, it’s always that I’m over or under watering: one…
  79. WIP: Adding Texture (7/12/2020) - I’m not that big of a fan of photo-bashing. That’s a technique where you take photos and superimpose them on your digital painting in order to achieve textural effects. It can be a cheap cheat that looks cheesy, or it can be a sophisticated process that when done right can really add something. Here I’ve…
  80. Transfixion The Truth Shall Not Be Spoken (7/10/2020) - Last month I made a pact with myself to not write or comment publicly about things which are happening in the world right now. Part of my rationale was to spare myself getting involved in the toxic miasma, both in terms of time, energy, and mental well-being. But there’s something darker lurking. It is not…
  81. WIP: Update on Stick Woman (7/8/2020) - She’s coming along. Since my last post I’ve painted some large branches in the middle background, and some lighting and shading. There’s lots more to do, including adding texture to the branches to make them more convincing. Near the end I paint over whatever I want, and however I want, but right now I’m working…
  82. WIP: Adding Local Color (7/6/2020) - It’s a bit muted right now because I haven’t added any lighting or shading. There’s only a line drawing, with flat color under it. I made it more complex by varying the colors of the sticks that make up our stick figure. That helps to delineate which sticks or branches are which. Incidentally, the ability…
  83. WIP: Line Drawing Phase (7/4/2020) - This is another exercise in lighting, shading, modeling, anatomy, perspective, work-flow, and when working from the imagination. I also intended it as a work of art, but working within certain parameters, and with a given objective in mind. My followers know I like to compare digital painting to MMA, in which case in order to…
  84. Practicing with Profile Sketches in Photoshop (7/2/2020) - Quietly, and virtually unrecognized by the art world at large, there’s a renaissance of figurative artwork being created on the computer. Rather unexpectedly, digital painting has revitalized the practice of traditional drawing and painting skills. It’s a bit like how people started writing letters again after the arrival of email, and subsequent to letter writing…
  85. New Art: Bat Girl Bites Back (6/24/2020) - This started out as an exercise in lighting, shading, and workflow, but it ended up being an artwork I’m proud of. A lot of the techniques and procedures I employed I got from a digital painting course by veteran Disney animator, Aaron Blaise. The initial drawing and the character design are all my own. If…
  86. WIP: B&W Sneak Preview (6/23/2020) - Almost finished. It finally occurred to me to look at the image in B&W to see how my lighting and modeling is without the distraction of color. Not bad. It looks more like a digital sculpture than a drawing, which is what it is. I’ve still got some detailing to do, and other modifications. Should…
  87. WIP: The Eyes are Testing my Metal (6/19/2020) - The eyes have been really difficult. I changed the colors, the shape, added veins, a highlight, and ridges on the bottom lids. What makes them so hard is largely the ornate bat nose which bisects one eye. I want partially obscured eye’s pupil to show, but getting it to line up with the other eye…
  88. WIP: Adding Rim Lighting (6/14/2020) - The rim lighting is difficult for me, and almost seems perfunctory. It’s a sort of cheap trick often used in comics. But it is also a really effective way to articulate form in shadow, which works for this sort of subject. Note that I’m not an expert at this, I’m learning it as an exercise,…
  89. WIP: Adding Texture (6/10/2020) - This stage is all Photoshop. I’d almost consider it cheating if it weren’t such a pain in the ass to pull off; if I weren’t going to paint over it; if I hadn’t done everything by hand under it; and if this weren’t an exercise using professional digital painting for illustration techniques. Here, one has…
  90. WIP: Adding Rough Shading (6/8/2020) - The much more clever way to do shading is to make a 3D model, and then move the light around to find the perfect angle. But doing it the clumsy, old fashioned way is good practice, and this piece is just about honing my skills. The shading made the bat lady more 3D, but it…
  91. WIP: Adding local color (6/6/2020) - Think I’m gonna’ go for blue skin with pink details, yellow-orange irises, and a dark red/purple ball of the eye. It’s a bit saturated right now, but after I add modeling, lighting, shading, and texture, it should be pretty cool. The gif animation has nothing to do with it. It’s just a snappy way of…
  92. WIP: Bat Lady’s Back (6/4/2020) - After taking nearly two months off this piece in order to finally finish my SFAU series of 36 images, I finished the line drawing stage. I used my orignal, front on, concept sketch to create a 3D version. The hardest part was the weird, ornate nose. Very difficult to place it so it comes out…
  93. New Art: SFAU # 36 (6/1/2020) - If you missed SFAU#35, see below: If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app, FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually…
  94. New Art: SFAU # 35 (5/22/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…
  95. The “Spiritual” in Art for the Intellectually Rigorous (5/20/2020) - [This is a re-post of an article from two-years ago which I’d forgotten I’d written, but rediscovered while looking for one of the images in it. I defend the notion of the spiritual in art in a hardball, rational and reasoned, fashion with no reliance on superstition, religion, or any variety of feel-good, wish-washy, wishful…
  96. New Art: SFAU # 34 (5/15/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…
  97. SFAU 30 & 33 morphed, and why I’m a profoundly unpopular artist (5/12/2020) - SFAU #33 was based on #30, as you can see in this morph. I’m hoping sharing morph pairs helps people get into the series, though usually I’ll share them on IG rather than here. Just a little thing I can do to help people get into my work. That’s all. Unless you’re interested in some…
  98. New Art: SFAU # 33 (5/8/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app FaceApp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…
  99. The Post-Apocalyptic Dinosaur Paintings of Michael Kerbow (5/6/2020) - An examination of Michael Kerbow's dinosaur paintings in his "Late Capitalism" series.
  100. New Art: SFAU # 32 (4/27/2020) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.) — the popular app Faceapp —  then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like…

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