Edouard Detaille (1848-1912)

French military history painter. I only found out about him when I visited the Musee del’Armee. He actually enlisted during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, hence the accuracy of his paintings in depicting military life at that time.

Too bad he’s not as famous as the Neoclassical and Romantic guys whose works are at the Musee du Louvre, but I still think his works are quite the gem of the non-mainstream. Anyone who loves to study paintings from a technical standpoint would do well to study his work. Just look at that beautiful edge control in the brushwork! 

It takes some humanity to feel sympathy for those less fortunate than us; but it takes honor to avoid envying those who are much luckier.

More from Jacques-Louis Davide PLUS! Historical Gossip—

Lol. Among the most stunning paintings at the Daru Salon (a room full of Neoclassicist paintings) at the Musee du Louvre are the ff:

1- “The Intervention of the Sabine Women”

2- “The Consecration of Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, 2nd December 1804” 

Whew! Long-ass title, that one. Lol.

The sketches are his studies/WIPs for the latter. I love seeing process sketches of the masters!

Also, a bit of trivia. There are two copies of the painting. The first one presented to Napoleon is currently at The Louvre. But Davide was commissioned to paint a second one years later! This copy is currently at the Palace of Versailles. Now in the second version, one of Napoleon’s sisters is in pink (see last image). Why is that? During the actual coronation event, they were all supposed to wear a uniform white color. BUT. It’s said that Davide was secretly in love with one of them and so as a little tribute or “shout-out” of sorts, he painted her in a pink dress even though she was dressed in white that day. I also read somewhere that her name was Pauline, a royal skank, who slept with half of the city of Paris. 

The second image is a photo I took at the Louvre’s Daru Salon , just to show scale. Because it’s one thing to look at paintings in Google Images, and another thing to view these large ones in their full glory. Those things were about the height of two people and the width of three from head to foot! Really, really impressive! 

studieeez

Jacques-Louis Davide (1748-1825) 

A popular French painter of the Neoclassical style. He found Rococo to be too frivolous for his taste, so he chose to move away from the trend and conveyed more concepts of political idealism and heroism in his paintings. Naturally, he supported the French Revolution and the Napoleonic empire. His political activism was very central to and provided an important basis for his work.

Yep, one of those awesome achiever-type artists who didn’t go crazy :))

Let us pause for a while and stare in awe at the work of Hungarian painter Philip Alexius de Laszlo (1869-1937) 

Rats at the Palais des Papes. We also met Clementine, the cat that belongs to the museum’s security staff :))

Note: I don’t do any serious photography and this is just for my own fun and entertainment. I’m a kid like that. Only thing I have is a really old Sony point-and-shoot digicam and maybe a bit of savviness with visual composition lol 

My rats exploring the streets of Avignon. This is just for my own entertainment :)

Jose de San Martin (?) VS La Tour EiffelSorry for the lack of updates. I had a near-impossible deluge of work the past few weeks and immediately had to catch a flight afterwards. I am now in France on a personal holiday slash quest to expand my visual library. I shall make up for the lack of personal art when I return :)
Paris is lovely. I feel so provincial saying that, haha! 
Actually I’m not sure if that’s Jose San Martin. Ahaha. So many equestrian statues here, so please correct me if that’s another guy.

Jose de San Martin (?) VS La Tour Eiffel

Sorry for the lack of updates. I had a near-impossible deluge of work the past few weeks and immediately had to catch a flight afterwards. I am now in France on a personal holiday slash quest to expand my visual library. I shall make up for the lack of personal art when I return :)

Paris is lovely. I feel so provincial saying that, haha! 

Actually I’m not sure if that’s Jose San Martin. Ahaha. So many equestrian statues here, so please correct me if that’s another guy.

Who the fuck in fucking human history pioneered the idea that creative work isn’t worth as much as operations or management or legal or other non-artistic fields of work?

functionalblog asked: hello I am currently self teaching my self industrial design / entertainment design and I am going through a block. I was wondering if I could have a sketchbook review. I understand if you are busy. I am not really emotionally attached to my work so I won't take it the wrong way. also I really dig those warships you did on jan 8th. well thanks and the blog is called "mint"

Hello,

I was able to reach “seashellmint” via your main blog. Is this correct?

General sketchbook stuff

I think you have the right mindset in focusing on trying to understand fundamentals. You also seem to be more productive compared to most other people who are self-studying, plus you do count your hours and sketches! Being honest with yourself is good :)

I see signs of ‘draw-through’ or underlying construction in your bug drawings but I’m not sure how much you’re calculating spatial structure and perspective and how much you’re just “eyeballing” (i.e., copying what’s in front of you)

I can also see that you’ve studied shadow calculation and some draw-through, albeit with cubic and simple abstract forms. Perhaps you can now take this same level of calculation and measurement into constructing more complex objects? Farm vehicles in block model form are good starting points as their underlying shapes are still generally box-y. But now you get to study proportions of real-world objects.

This is just what I’m perceiving, okay? I can’t really read a person’s thought process, so feel free to elaborate or zoom in on specific stuff :)

Creative blocks

What sort of block are you going through? Would be good if I had a better idea of what specific areas you’re having difficulties with. Is it more on the technical side (e.g. “How do I go from basic shapes to drawing real planes to designing my own aircraft?”) or more on the self-doubt, inspirational/motivational or worrying-about-the-future side? (e.g. "There’s so much I need to learn and I’m still at the bottom while there are so many amazing people out there! Help!")

Cheers! 

practice drawing ‘boring’ stuff

practice drawing ‘boring’ stuff

And now…
A gratuitous photo of my terrier mutt, Choc! Hahaha!
She loves eating those hibiscus leaves to alleviate digestion problems :)

And now…

A gratuitous photo of my terrier mutt, Choc! Hahaha!

She loves eating those hibiscus leaves to alleviate digestion problems :)

f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

. Katerina Plotnikova  on Tumblr

Katerina Plotnikova is a fine art photographer from Russia who explains her work as “another tale about wonderland.” Her images are simple, yet stunning. Welcome to the magical land of Katerina. Her photography conjures up dreams of serenity and gentleness.

    So so soooo beautiful! And this is so technically well-done that I’m half thinking it’s Photoshop and half believing the model is just an amazing animal whisperer ;) 

    Orientalist Art

    included in the list of master paintings I need to study. o_o