A 12-year-old Nigerian boy has wowed Lagos’ art world with his talent. Waris Kareem had been drawing since he was three, but it was one particular portrait that changed his life. As DW’s Flourish Chukwurah reports, he now has big plans for the future.
Dinosaur Stamps – This video by James Gurney shows the work involved in the making of Australia’s Age of Dinosaurs stamp issue. From sketches, research, making miniatures sculptures of the dinosaurs to the final oil paining.
I paint two urban sketches in water media, capturing the effect of bright light and hazy atmosphere. The plein-air techniques that I demonstrate use watercolor, gouache, and pastel over a casein underpainting to achieve the feeling of a bright sky. Also I answer a few of your questions and discuss whether it ‘breaks the rules’ to combine gouache, watercolor and other mixed media, and how to use photography for inspiration for urban sketching.
Want to make your urban sketches more accurate? James Gurney shares a few tips for plein-air painting as he renders an upstate New York streetscape in gouache. During the preliminary pencil drawing stage he establishes a unit of measurement and uses it to place other elements. By spending time on the center of interest and building outward, he gets an “anchor of reality” as he explores other parts of the scene.
[Lesley Oldaker] is a UK artist currently living in Zurich, Switzerland. [Her] work explores the transient nature, purpose, and interconnecting relationships of random moving figurative groups, and our interactions within the shared urban spaces around us.
With a passion for art that is rivalled only by travel, Michael Palin combines both in a European journey to discover more about Vilhelm Hammershöj, an enigmatic Danish artist that has fascinated him for years. Curious to see more of Hammershoi’s paintings and discover what kind of life the artist lived, Michael searches for clues in London, Holland and Copenhagen.
Edward Hopper spent his life painting alienated scenes that aren’t depressing in the least to look at. They make us feel less alone. He used art therapeutically: to reconcile us to the isolation inside every one of us.