The matte paintings of “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Monday, 16 February, 2015

The other week I linked to a collection of mattes, or background scene paintings, that were used in the production of the early “Star Wars” films. This week I’m doing likewise for 2001: A Space Odyssey, although here it’s not solely a collection of paintings, but also meticulously constructed spacecraft models.

Latter day filmmakers, though computer-generated imagery, or CGI, have much to be thankful for methinks.

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The matte artworks of the original “Star Wars” films

Friday, 6 February, 2015

Matte painting by Frank Ordaz

Before filmmakers were able to rely on CGI to create backdrops for some of the scenes they needed, artists used to paint matte pictures of the required vistas. Such works were used extensively throughout the original “Star Wars” trilogy of films for instance, and a collection of these images is featured here.

I knew some of the backdrops in these movies, such as this one by Frank Ordaz, were paintings, but didn’t realise just how many there actually were.

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The pixel art like painting of Ian Davis

Tuesday, 28 October, 2014

US artist Ian Davis’ “Little Men” works remind me of pixel art. Of course they’re nothing of the sort, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating.

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Another look at Adam Lister’s artworks

Friday, 10 October, 2014

Artwork by Adam Lister

I first discovered the work of US artist Adam Lister about a year ago, and was happy to recently uncover a more extensive collection of his pop culture, eight bit, inspired artworks.

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Look at those masterpieces, that’s art in motion

Thursday, 30 January, 2014

Milan based animator and director Rino Stefano Tagliafierro offers us a new way of looking at classic artworks.

Possibly NSFW, if you think classic art nudity, or painted depictions of violence/gore, are in that category.

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The 8-bit artworks of Adam Lister

Friday, 20 September, 2013

Nighthawks, 8-bit rendering by Adam Lister

A collection of 8-bit like renderings of classic artworks, including Edward Hopper’s 1942 work “Nighthawks”, and film and TV characters, by Virginia based artist Adam Lister.

Via Buzzfeed.

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Animation isn’t an old technique, it’s quite possibly ancient

Thursday, 5 July, 2012

French archaeologist Marc Azéma thinks that some of the ancient paintings found on the walls of caves, such as the Chauvet caves in France, may have been very early attempts at animation, or efforts to convey a sense of motion, particularly those featuring animals.

By the by, a film well worth looking at on the subject of ancient cave paintings, and the Chauvet caves, is Cave of Forgotten Dreams, made by German film director Werner Herzog.

Via It’s Okay To Be Smart.

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Artistic ability comes so naturally to some they can work sleeping

Tuesday, 13 September, 2011

Lee Hadwin who is from Henllan, a village in Wales, possesses a reasonably unique talent… he can create artworks while asleep, usually after an evening at the pub.

Mr Hadwin, from the rural Welsh village of Henllan, said the nocturnal habit began at the age of four with scribbles on kitchen tables and developed into more intricate drawings and paintings from the age of around 15.

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While crime doesn’t pay, whatever is the point of art theft?

Monday, 25 July, 2011

As with a caper like the theft of Moon rocks in 2002, what is the point of stealing famous works of art when the prospect of selling them is next to non-existent?

We assume that the same creativity that goes into making art would go into stealing it. Instead, the authors show us again and again how artless most art theft is. Art crime, you see, is a dumb crime. With masterpieces in particular, it’s virtually impossible to find a buyer for a stolen work. As the authors write: “A Rembrandt, real or imagined, is far harder to sell than it is to steal.”

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Another Leonardo da Vinci painting comes to light

Thursday, 7 July, 2011

A painting by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci titled “Salvator Mundi”, translating to “Savior of the World,” which had been missing for centuries has recently resurfaced.

“The painting was forgotten for years. When it turned up at auction, Simon thought it was worth taking a gamble. It had been heavily overpainted, which makes it look like a copy. It was a wreck, dark and gloomy. It had been cleaned many times in the past by people who didn’t know better. Once a restorer put artificial resin on it, which had turned gray and had to be removed painstakingly. When they took off the overpaint, what was revealed was the original paint. You saw incredibly delicate painting. All agree it was painted by Leonardo.”

The painting goes on public show at The National Gallery in London, this November.

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