Willem Claeszoon Heda

Today, rather than talk about my drawings, I’ll talk a bit about the work of someone else for a change. ¬†That person is Willem Claeszoon Heda.

What was that? ¬†You’ve never heard of him. ¬†Compared to many other famous artists out there like Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt, he’s not one of the better known artists.

Willem Claeszoon Heda (1594-1680) was a Dutch artist who was best known for working exclusively in still life.  You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

His still life paintings are a sight to behold.

Breakfast with a Crab

“Breakfast with a Crab” by Willem Heda

If you’re into still life, Heda’s pieces are definitely worth studying.

He uses a wide range of ellipses in his work and check out that table cloth.  It looks quite realistic.  This is a good example to study of how to render cloth folds.


Marcel Duchamp

I frequently read up about fine art to help recharge my creative batteries.  One particular fine artist I want to talk about today is Marcel Duchamp.


Thanks to Arwen987 of YouTube for putting together this video!

Marcel Duchamp¬†(28 July 1887 ‚Äď 2 October 1968) was a French artist (who later became a US citizen) who is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. ¬†His works as well as his attitudes towards art and its creation would shape 20th century art greatly.

His better known works are his scandalous Cubist/Futurist painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, and his various sculptures involving “readymades” like ¬†Fountain.


Max Ernst Video

I talked about how Max Ernst was influential on my work in a previous post .¬† His best known work was his collage novel (and ancestor to the modern graphic novel) Un Semaine De Bonte (see that above link for more info).¬† But he produced a number of other works, chiefly oil paintings and mixed media work.¬† Here’s a neat YouTube video showing a number of his pieces.


Thanks to Distantmirrors of YouTube for putting this video together.

What I really found neat about Ernst’s work is that he was a self-taught painter.¬† He had no formal training.

The Influence of Max Ernst

I have quite a few artistic influences on my work.¬† We all do, both conscious and subconscious.¬† My chief influence had been newspaper comic strips.¬† Some of you may recall my previous post describing how Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame was an inspiration to me.¬† I’ll talk in depth in the future how newspaper comics influenced me, but this post is meant to go in another direction.¬† There comes a time where you may have to expand your range of influences – otherwise, you could risk your work growing stagnant or even failing to grow at all.¬† I eventually had to look into the world of fine art for more inspiration and during my research, I discovered the work of Max Ernst.

Ernst (1891-1976) was a German painter associated with the artistic movements of Dada and surrealism.¬† While he did a number of oil paintings, he’s probably better known for his collage work.

Ubu Imperator, Oil on Canvas, 1923

This is an example of one of Ernst’s paintings.¬† The Surrealist movement liked to draw upon their subconscious and are frequently known for depicting elements of the bizarre, the grotesque and the fantastic in their work. Read the rest of this entry »

Abstract Landscapes

Hello, friends.¬† Today, I have some more landscapes here but they’re more abstract than my usual stylized and Expressionist type landscapes.¬† One of my favorite bookstores in New York City (and in fact, the world) has got to be Strand Books.¬† Located at the corner of 12th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, this store boasts 18 miles worth of books!¬† They carry new, used, and even rare, hard-to-find, and one of a kind titles!¬† I’m a frequent visitor there as they have a great selection of art books.¬† It was there that I bought an art book about the American artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956).¬† He is considered the quintessential artist of the Abstract Expressionist movement and is famous for his drip paintings.¬† I found Pollock’s work really inspiring so I decided to take a stab at some interesting landscapes.


This was drawn with pen-and-ink on paper.¬† This scribbled landscape was pure abstraction and can be clearly seen as being of Pollock’s influence.¬† Basically, I drew upon my subconscious and let my mind guide my pen.¬† I used quite¬† a few different pens for this rendering of underbrush you might see out in the wild.

I used a Pigma Micron .45 pen, a Uni-Ball, a Pigma Micron Brush pen, a Pilot V-Razor Point, and even a Sharpie marker for good measure.¬† I feel impressed with my effort.¬† Honestly, this is quite different from my usual stylized and Expressionist landscapes.¬† Read the rest of this entry »

Dean Cornwell Painting

Here’s a super duper video that was brought to my attention by James Gurney, fantasy illustrator.¬† He mentioned this on his most recent blog post – it’s a video about Dean Cornwell (1892-1960) and how his famous oil painter worked on his paintings.

This is quite revealing.¬† It’s always interesting to see how an artist works.¬† To be honest, this is a very rare chance.¬† Many artists don’t like showing their working process.¬† I know that Jackson Pollock didn’t like being filmed and Henri Matisse felt that a film of him working was too revealing.

I’ll be doing something like this myself soon.¬† I’ll show you how I ink a drawing in the future.¬† Anyway, make sure you check out the rest of James Gurney’s blog.¬† It’s a goldmine of information.

More Paul Klee Paintings

Here’s another cool YouTube video of some works by Paul Klee, my favorite painter.¬† Thanks to rayito68 for putting this together!

The violin music is a nice touch.