A Plague of Dragons

May. 24th, 2016 05:00
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Posted by Justin

By Justin Gerard

Previously on Muddycolors I did a few posts sharring some reference boards showcasing the different ways that artists handled painting eyes and hands. I've found that making reference boards on specific subjects is really helpful in examining how other artists tackled and solved visual problems. This can be extremely helpful when you go try to work out how to handle these problems in your own work.

Muddycolors is no stranger to dragons, so this week I thought I would share some of my favorite paintings of these fantastical creatures from a few classical and contemporary artists.

As I went through my folders I couldn't help but be fascinated at just how differently each artist chose to visualize their concept of a dragon. Some artists painted them as magical and benevolent spirits, while others painted them as forces of nature, and still others as manifestations of human vices. The artists seem to pour a little of their own soul into these creatures, and through this we see hopes and fears and something curiously human in them.
I hope you enjoy!

Links to the original posts:

A Show of Hands

The Eyes Have It

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Fandom: Hamilton
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: George Washington
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] dorothywonderland
Why this piece is awesome: Riffing on potential casting is one of my favorite uses of fanart for Broadway shows. And this piece for a female George Washington--her look! Her attitude! Her style!--is just great. Love the expression, the braids, the freckles.
Link: Lady George Washington

Penny Dreadful 3.04.

May. 24th, 2016 06:14
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In which it's the Eva Green and Rory Kinnear acting hour, and it's marvelous.

Read more... )
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I can tell it finally feels like spring here despite - or perhaps because of - the brief showers we had this evening, because I can smell someone grilling meat somewhere in the vicinity and it smells so good. Or I'm just really hungry for a steak dinner. I guess it can be two things

While I was getting my hair done a couple weeks ago, River by Iyebi played a couple of times and it has stuck with me. I like this live version I'm linking here better than the album version. I've listened to it a lot.

And you can laugh, but I've also been listening to "Call Me Maybe" a lot lately. It's a true pop gem. Very peppy for the morning commute.

And on my commute home this evening, Out of the Woods came on and I still would like a Steve/Bucky vid to it. I am just saying, I think it would work pretty well.

And speaking of vids people should make, it recently occurred to me that I finally found the perfect character for a vid to Afghan Whigs' Debonair: Anakin Skywalker. I am just saying. I suppose it could already exist. I haven't gone looking. But if it doesn't, someone should make that.

Also, I'm still waiting for the Ahsoka vid of my heart to "Fight Song." That I have gone looking for, but nothing I've found is quite what I want. [Too much talky-face for some reason. It seems to be a popular vidding choice these days, to include a lot of dialogue, but it rarely works for me.] Sigh.

And I still haven't found a song that's made my ears perk up and say "Rey!" or "Finn!" but I probably have one somewhere in my collection.

Otoh, I bet you could do a great Rex & clones vid to "Drive" by Gaslight Anthem.


All the fandom things lately

May. 23rd, 2016 13:57
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There is a post over at CollarCorner on the next few months' themes and activities, including the possibility of a small, low-pressure, gen White Collar fanworks exchange.

Also, the Vacation prompt at [community profile] starwarsflashmeme is extended for another week ('til Saturday) since SOMEONE (me) forgot to post a new prompt this weekend.

I seem to be mostly talking about fan stuff on Tumblr these days, which isn't something I MEANT to happen, but then interesting pieces of meta come along and I reblog them with notes and, well, yeah. My recent tumblr-reblog meta:

- A gifset and meta on how everyone's reactions to the "suicide mission" in 2x10 are little capsule versions of their personalities
- Daniel's moderating influence on Peggy, and Jack as a cynical balance to their shared idealism

I also stumbled across a tumblr-organized Agent Carter ficathon (not an exchange) with the theme Summer Nights. OF COURSE I signed up, because apparently I now have a Pavlovian reaction to anything with "Agent Carter" and some variation on exchange/ficathon/challenge in the name. >__> Luckily it's only 1000 words and it's not for someone else or anonymous (at least I don't think so), so I can write whatever I want. And just recently I had been wondering if anyone used the word "ficathon" anymore. It's actually very old-school, even though it's on Tumblr! There is a fairly distinctive current style to most fanworks events (run through AO3 exchange-style, anonymous period, fic & art both allowed, etc); either that, or everything is bingo cards. And although I enjoy both of those, it's nice to run across one that's set up differently.

I'd been thinking lately that Agent Carter fandom feels very scattered, compared to LJ-based fandoms; it's harder to find out about the events that are going on, or find all the places where people hang out. But actually, thinking about it and reflecting on past fandoms of mine, I don't think that's true. I think it FELT less scattered when fandom was mostly on LJ if you could manage to get hooked into the "where things were happening" places and get to know people who tended to post about events going on around the fandom. But not everyone was able to do that, and not all fandoms had that, and even so, they tended to localize into little pockets of activity centered around a particular ship or shared interest. Like, when I first got into SGA fandom on LJ, it was the gen everyone-who-met-on-ff.net crowd that I was hanging around with, and while I had a vague idea that things were happening elsewhere in the fandom, I really had no clue about either the het or slash parts of the fandom; aside from a few nexuses like sga_flashfic or the Big Bangs, which involved people from all corners of the fandom, there just wasn't THAT much overlap. Or A:tLA fandom, where the corner of the fandom that I got to know was a small and fairly well-connected one on DW, but I had the vague sense that there was a LOT going on elsewhere, it just wasn't here.

The existence of comms and newsletters did help centralize things, or at least made it easier not to miss events until after they happened. Newsletters don't seem to have made the jump to tumblr and I kinda hope someone will reinvent them someday, though I am certainly not going to be the sucker who has to comb through all the tags to find things. Or maybe they won't; maybe tumblr tags and the fact that most fanfic ends up on AO3 means that newsletters aren't necessary as they once were, just like people don't tend to have dedicated rec sites or directory sites anymore.

Group Portrait in a Diner

May. 23rd, 2016 15:30
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Posted by James Gurney

Yesterday I painted a group portrait in our local diner. I captured a video snapshot to give you the atmosphere of the moment: (Link to YouTube)

I used gouache with a severely limited palette: raw sienna, brilliant purple, cadmium yellow deep, and white, plus some white Nupastel stick to convey the effect of the window glare. The sketchbook is a Pentalic watercolor journal. (Links take you to Amazon pages)

The gouache has a very receptive matte surface that takes the pastel well. You can rub it in firmly with your fingers if you want the rough texture to disappear and look like airbrush. If you put on too much pastel, you can lift it off with a kneaded eraser.

The next full length tutorial video will be "Portraits in the Wild," which releases June 13. It follows me on similar painting adventures portraits of people in the real world, with in-depth coverage of watercolor, gouache, casein, and oil techniques. If you haven't already, check out my video "Gouache in the Wild" today.
If you do other social media, please follow or subscribe. I often put different stuff on those channels:
Instagram @jamesgurneyart
Twitter @GurneyJourney
Facebook @JamesMGurney
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Die Lichtung

May. 23rd, 2016 18:42
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As I will be travelling all day tomorrow, there will be no daily painting, but I hope to be painting again on Wednesday….

Ich werde morgen den ganzen Tag auf Reisen sein, so wird es kein Tagesbild geben, aber ich hoffe dass ich am Mittwoch wieder malen werde…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by
thady: (GK  -  Nate)
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gen | Harry Potter, his Patronus
Content Notes/Warnings: none, SFW
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] Yanguchitzure

Why this piece is awesome: I love the simplicity of this, and how this still conveys so much emotion. Love the contrast of the black and white, and the sparse use of color.

Link: Patronus.

Tatooine Rainbow

May. 23rd, 2016 00:00
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Posted by xkcd

Tatooine Rainbow

Since rainbows are caused by the refraction of the sunlight by tiny droplets of rainwater, what would rainbow look like on Earth if we had two suns like Tatooine?


A planet with double suns would have double rainbows.

Or rather, quadruple rainbows. Our rainbows here on Earth are already double rainbows—there's a second, fainter bow above the main one. You can't always see this second rainbow, since the clouds need to be just right, so people get excited when they see one.

The area between the two rainbows is darker than the area outside because raindrops reflect light more strongly in certain directions. That region has a name, by the way—it's called Alexander's dark band.

The first and second rainbows are the only ones you can see easily, but there are actually many more bows beyond those two, each one fainter than the last. Rainbows are formed by light bouncing around in raindrops, and the different bows are formed by different paths the light can take. The main rainbow is formed by the most common paths through the droplet, and other paths—where some of the light bounces around in more unusual ways—make the fainter second, third, fourth, and even fifth rainbows.

Usually, only the first and second rainbows are bright enough to see; it was only in the last five years that anyone took pictures of the third, fourth, and fifth rainbows.

Rainbows appear on the other side of the sky from the Sun, so to figure out what a double rainbow would look like on a planet with two suns, we need to figure out where the suns usually appear in the sky on that kind of planet.

There are planets with two suns out there, although we didn't know that for sure until recently. Double-star planets come in two main varieties:

In the first kind of system, the two stars are close together and the planet goes around them far away. This kind of planet is called a circumbinary planet. In the second kind of system, the two stars are farther apart, and the planet orbits one of them[1]Not necessarily the bigger one. while the other stays far away. This kind of planet is called [the other kind of planet].[2]I'm sorry, I've just never learned a good word for these.

If you lived on [the other kind of planet],[3]Sorry. the two Suns would spend most of the year in different parts of the sky. Depending on how big they were, they may also be very different in brightness. If you were orbiting the larger star, the smaller one might be no brighter than the Moon,[4]Which would still be bright enough to cast a rainbow! or even look like an ordinary planet or star.

Tatooine, in Star Wars, looks like it's probably a circumbinary planet. The two stars appear pretty close together in the sky and similar in color and size, so it seems reasonable to guess they're actually near one another, with Tatooine orbiting both of them. Two suns would create two overlapping rainbows. The main bow of the rainbow is a circle about 84 degrees across, centered in the sky exactly opposite the Sun.[5]This is why you never see more than half of a rainbow above the horizon. If the center of the rainbow were above the horizon, it would mean the Sun was below it behind you, so there wouldn't be sunlight to make a rainbow in the first place. The farther apart the two suns were, the farther apart the rainbows would be. If the two suns were 84 degrees apart, the main bows of the two rainbows would barely touch.

A pair of suns 84 degrees apart would be possible around [the other kind of planet], but not around Tatooine-type[6]If Star Wars had just used the other kind of planet, we could use its name for them and solve this problem. circumbinary planets. The reason is simple: A planet orbiting two stars can't get too close to them or its orbit becomes unstable. If it gets too close, the irregular tugging from the gravity of the two stars as they orbit will eventually cause the planet to crash into one of them or get flung out of the system.

For a system with two similar-sized stars, this "critical radius" is around six times the distance between the two stars.[7]This is a very rough number; it can range from four to eight depending on the exact arrangement. We've found a lot of planets close to that critical radius, which suggests that maybe they slowly migrate inward until they reach it and are ejected or destroyed. Strangely, we haven't found many big Jupiter-sized planets around binary stars in general; we should be seeing them if they're there, so the lack of them is a mystery. This means that the two suns would never get more than about 20 degrees apart in the sky:

This tells us that the two rainbows in a Tatooine-like system would always overlap.[9]Assuming the raindrops are made of water, or something with similar refractive properties. The colors would blend together where the bows crossed, and the dark bands would too.

I suppose doubling all the rainbows would also double the number of pots of gold at the end of each rainbow.[8]Come to think of it, do our rainbows have one pot of gold or two? I've never really thought about it. And it's not just pots of gold; I guess we'd need to rethink all kinds of rainbow references.

Overlapping rainbows would be beautiful, but definitely a lot more complicated.

Inspiration: Waves

May. 23rd, 2016 05:00
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Posted by Dan

N.C. Wyeth

I've been working on a painting lately that has some water in it, so I've been looking at a lot of ocean themed paintings to get inspired. Here are some favorites I've come across that I thought our readers might enjoy as well.

Dan Adel

Dan Adel

Dan Adel

Dan Adel


Donato Giancola

Winslow Homer

Ivan Aivazovsky

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May. 22nd, 2016 20:11
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I have never seen the animated Hercules, but it's expiring from Netflix, so we're watching it tonight. I am having to constantly squash "But that's NOT HOW IT HAPPENED" interjections. I mean, we're talking about Disney, fine, but OMG HERA WAS NOT HERCULES' MOTHER. You're telling the story wrong!

Also, Hercules had nothing to do with Pegasus. grumble.
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Warwick Davis in conversation with Lumos CEO Georgette ‘George’ Mulheir (interview).
• Fiona Shaw speaks about being 'pro-Dursley' and her fellow actors from the Dursley family.
• Christian Coulson (young Tom Riddle) talks about working with his co-stars from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
• Emma Watson's first look trailer for Beauty and the Beast will air Monday on "Good Morning, America".

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
• The Friday Forty: a chance to still get tickets to Cursed Child play. Starting June 3, 40 tickets will go on sale every Friday at 1pm GMT/8am EST/5am PST, for the shows playing the following week.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt #141 (due on or before May 28).
[livejournal.com profile] hp_may_madness posted the prompts for Day 22.

[livejournal.com profile] rs_games opened Sign-ups for the 2016 Remus/Sirius Games.
[livejournal.com profile] hd_tropes posted a call for two pinch-hitters.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] harrydracompreg posted the Weekly Roundup #2.
[livejournal.com profile] dramionelove posted the Week Two Round-up of the DramioneLove Mini Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] snape_potter posted the Snarry-a-Thon 16 Week 3 Wrap-up.
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the # 140 Masterlist.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] capitu recced a Harry/Draco non-magical AU (PG-13).
[livejournal.com profile] capitu recced a Harry/Draco fic (R).
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced teenage!Severus gen art.
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced Lucius Malfoy & Severus Snape & Mary-Sue fic and art (PG-13, G).
[livejournal.com profile] ely_baby recced a James Sirius Potter/Lily Luna Potter fic (NC-17).

Schedule of Upcoming Events from May 22 – 28 at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.
• The SS/HP Prophet from May 14 – 21.

• Lilian Min, The strange story of how internet superfans reclaimed the insult ‘trash’. (May 19, 2016; all fandoms)

General Fandom News:
[livejournal.com profile] leviosa2016 posted about hotel rooms for Leviosa 2016. Deadline to book hotel with discount group rates for Leviosa is June 6th!
[livejournal.com profile] 5genres posted the Genre Claiming Post.

[livejournal.com profile] snarryficfind posted a search for Snarry fics where Snape meets Albus Severus Potter and is shocked about his middle name.

Community Spotlight:
[livejournal.com profile] 5genres – A new multi-fandom, low-pressure prompt table fanfic community. The object is to explore different literary genres by writing five fics for your fandom, all in different genres. (Rules Post and List of Genres)

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

Auf der Lichtung

May. 22nd, 2016 19:15
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A warm Sunday afternoon…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

Sold / Verkauft

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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Orphan Black: The Scandal of Altruism
spoilers )

There was a lot going on here, and I'm not sure it all makes sense, but I feel that way about all of OB, so... here's a good layout of the various players in the various levels of conspiracy. I don't think it's any more coherent than X-Files ever was, but hopefully it will end before it collapses under its own weight, and really, I'm watching for the clones and their various friends and family, not for the plot. *hands*

Speaking of clones, I was discussing The Clone Wars with two entirely different people last night, and in addition to encouraging [profile] silveronthethree to possibly write some AU fic, I still have the same two major questions I have always had, which are:

1. Who in their right minds sends a 14 year old to war? (let alone puts her in command of troops!)


2. Who thinks having a 20 year old with impulse control issues supervise her is a good idea? (I mean, okay, Obi-Wan is there a lot of the time, and he is nominally an adult, but it's not like he's not pulling reckless stunts all the time either. He's just better at talking other people around in the aftermath.)

And [tumblr.com profile] girlinthetrilby was like, "well, the same sort of people who elect a 14yo as planetary ruler," which is a whole 'nother WTF!

I mean, I love the show and I love Ahsoka and her relationship with Anakin (and I do think it was a good thing for both of them despite how things turned out), but that is a super dodgy way to raise children entrusted to you, especially in a supposedly more enlightened/more advanced society. I am just saying.

Anyway! Here are some other links of interest:

= Living Dead Boy: Jason Todd vs. The Culture That Killed (And Resurrected) Him, an interesting look at the second Robin, why he existed in the first place, why he was killed off, and why he was eventually resurrected (though it doesn't really go into why no one at DC aside from Judd Winick seems to know what to do with him; apparently he's "evil" again in rebirth? Which. The whole thing sounds like a big mess, so I'm gonna wait to see what it does with my faves. At least Wally is no longer written out of existence?).

= Markus & McFeely clarify their statements about Bucky. Apparently they were asked about that interview where they said Bucky should be punished for the things he did while he was brainwashed and had been tortured for 70 years and stripped of agency, and their response was: spoilers for Civil War ) So that seems more in line with what actually happens in the movies and also how the character is portrayed than their original flip response that he shouldn't be eating fruit salads with Steve after all the people he killed as the Winter Soldier.

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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Remus Lupin/Severus Snape
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] brunashut

Why this piece is awesome: Love the tenderness between the characters, despite the harsh theme. This art really conveys their emotions. And I like thow this picture hints at a story here.

Link: It Matters.

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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have three volunteer reccers who signed up for June with these fandoms:

* Doctor Who ([personal profile] turlough)
* Eagle of the Ninth ([personal profile] mific)
* Steven Universe ([personal profile] sailorptah)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in June, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for July, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for June, July or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of May. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Nostalgia", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)

Door of Night by zdrava (SFW)

May. 22nd, 2016 18:35
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Fandom: Tolkien
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Tilion & Arien sailing their vessels through the Door of Night
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] zdrava

Why this piece is awesome: I love the way this artist can create the most amazing art works out of text. They have a fantastic sense of space and balance and a truely unique style.

Link: Door of Night

The Fantastic Workshop

May. 22nd, 2016 11:40
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Posted by Vanessa Lemen

-By Vanessa Lemen

I wanted to take a moment to post some info about a workshop coming up this year in November. It's called The Fantastic Workshop, and will be held November 17-20, 2016 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, TN

The workshop is hosted and run by Sam Flegal and Peter Mohrbacher who are the creators and hosts of the One Fantastic Week podcast, which I've had the pleasure of joining them for an interview on a few months back. ( my interview was One Fantastic Week #99 ) The podcast is a really wonderful and informative weekly web show where Sam and Pete interview working artists about their business, their life and how the two intersect.

The Fantastic Workshop focuses on that intersection between art and business. It's an in-person environment where you can comfortably talk business and art both with your peers and with expert instructors. It consists of lectures, studio work time time, panel discussions, and one-on-one consultations with industry professionals, where each attendee will get specific advice on building their business. It's an opportunity to learn from a diverse group of independent artists about what actually works for a variety of different art business models in today's marketplace and how to make your own vision come to life.

The instructors at this year's workshop are: Jasmine Becket Griffith, Stephanie Law, Ron Lemen, Vanessa Lemen, Kelly McKernan, Sean Murray, Sam Flegal, Peter Mohrbacher, Kristina Carroll, and L. Rush.

For more info, go to www.1fantasticweek.com/2016

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5.06 Money No Object
Original air date: November 4, 1996
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Writer: James Thorpe


Synopsis: When Amanda disappears into a van after a robbery, Richie thinks she's been kidnapped and goes after her. He finds her with Cory Raines, an old acquaintance of Duncan's and Amanda's who has always brought them trouble. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the money that Cory stole belongs to a mobster who wants it back.

Episode Transcript: is here.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.
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Posted by James Gurney

The new issue of Illustration magazine (Issue 52) has a feature on American illustrator Harry Beckhoff (1901-1979). Although he studied with Dean Cornwell and Harvey Dunn, he didn't pursue the style of painterly brushstrokes and impastos.

Instead, he defined his forms with flat shapes, whose internal forms are defined by thin lines. The emphasis is more on silhouette and line than it is on texture and lighting.

His style is more reminiscent of the ligne claire ("clear line") style of European comic artists like Hergé (Tintin), and of illustrators like Pierre Brissaud (1885-1964) or André Marty (1882-1974).

As with all of the articles in Illustration magazine, this one is comprehensive (47 pages long) and amply illustrated (89 images, most color).

There are a lot of examples of his photo references and his preliminary sketches, which were famous for being exquisite and tiny. The one above is typical, no bigger than a business card.

The bio by publisher Dan Zimmer fills an important gap in American illustration history. Even though Beckhoff was busy and in demand, his work isn't well enough known. There's no book on him and there's not even a Wikipedia page for him. 

The new Illustration magazine (Issue 52) also contains the articles "The Art of John La Gatta" and "Artists for Victory." 
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There is a good chapter about Beckhoff in Fred Taraba's book Masters of American Illustration: 41 Illustrators and How They Worked.

(Online sources)

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May. 22nd, 2016 00:53
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So this was my week.

Monday - I'm sure I did something Monday evening I just can't remember what. It's been that kind of week. I'm pretty sure I played Candy Crush for a couple hours. Candy Crush right now is my can't cope, gonna play stress relief game of the moment. I don't even like most of the levels.

Tuesday - Orchestra concert! We played four pieces and mostly didn't mess up! It's a little amateur orchestra with eleven people plus our coach/leader. I'm especially proud of my sister who basically used sticky glue and magic to bring the group back together after last fall's disaster of both our last year leaders gafiating with no word to any of us until my sister hunted down one of them. Anyway, she pulled things together and enlisted one of the cellists to help organize and voila! new group leader/coach/someone who knows what they're doing and we made music!

Wednesday - Went to New York because a few weeks ago my office mate at work said "Let's go to New York on a Wednesday to see #Ham4Ham at the matinee and put our names in the lottery for Hamilton tickets." And I said, "Okay." I don't know why I said okay. We hopped the bus to New York, saw #Ham4Ham with Patti LuPone, put our names in the lottery and didn't win. So we had tacos then got cheap(ish) tickets to the Fun Home matinee and it was really good and worth seeing. We walked down to a mac 'n cheese place for dinner afterward (and took pictures of the New York Library for our young co-worker who has recently discovered that you can get free! books! and dvds! from the library! for free!). The we walked back to Port Authority and hopped on the bus home. It was so much fun. Not good for my remaining vacation hours, but fun.

Thursday - I felt so hungover from our trip. I don't think I got much work done. But I did meet with my real estate agent and one of my best friends so that we could sign paper work for my friend to make an offer on my house. So that happened. Then my friend hung out in the evening after running errands and made us dinner, because you know, that's what we do once a week. We also finished watching season 4 of Call the Midwife, and I'm so happy that Delia is more or less okay, I can't tell you. I watched The 100 season finale around 11pm, and I really liked it. I was definitely sleep deprived all day though.

Friday - Work was marginally better. The highlight of the evening was going to Home Depot for supplies for today's getting-ready-for-home-inspection/appraisal work around the house. I'm poking my toes back in to reading MCU fic, so I read some of that too.

Saturday - To kick off the morning, Fiance and I had a fight about one thing that turned out to be about something else entirely. We worked things out, and it's all good, and probably a good thing that things came to a head. The funny thing about being in a relationship is that I feel like I'm learning as much about myself as I am about him. So laundry got started, and I took the best book to be given to me in years, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha, which is properly a how to clean things so they actually get clean book, and figured out how to go about properly cleaning the bathroom from top to bottom. Like, every single surface including some of the walls and the grody mold in the window sill which, yes, I went out and bought a tooth brush today just so I could clean the stupid window. It was an epic cleaning, if I do say so. I took a couple breaks to watch Farscape, and then when the cleaning was done, got on Skype with [personal profile] katewrites  to record eps 16 and 17 of our podcast. We had a dinner break for me between recordings, so I watched the first part of the first ep of Leverage, then after recording Fiance and I watched more West Wing. My brain is all over the place. The nice thing about Leverage though is that it's so soothing. The nice thing about The West Wing is that even though politics is somewhat stressful a topic, the dialogue is so funny. The nice thing about Farscape is that I got to watch Through the Looking Glass, which is my favorite season 1 episode.

Sunday - On the docket, more cleaning.

Last weekend I dropped out of [community profile] wipbigbang  since that was indeed the thing that had to give amidst all this. Those following at [community profile] the100 have probably noticed that the weekly link round-up has been another casualty of my life. I'm hoping things will settle down by August...

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