Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton
was coaxed by her sister at the age of 68 to take a blind contour drawing
class in Ottawa, Kansas, in order to possibly help alleviate her 35-year bout with clinical depression. By the time of her death in 1993, her work (article includes quicktime link of Elizabeth discussing her work and photo gallery)
had been shown in several museums, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art, and celebrated as an honest depiction of aging, mental health, and feminist issues (google book link)
in the US. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete
on Oct 4, 2007 -
Robert Gregory Griffeth has deleted all of his galleries and in their place has posted these 12 enigmatic panels
and a tracker (which, if accurate, tells me that there are a couple of hundred puzzled punters a day). [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Apr 11, 2006 -
The Hall of Best Knowledge
"combines lush imagery with lucid prose—imagine the works of Chaucer projected on the ceiling of the Sistine hapel—creating a weekly learning experience that is without equal in this or any age." Updated weekly. A collection of hand-drawn typographic teachings on Flickr. (from Drawn!
posted by TimTypeZed
on Feb 10, 2006 -
Two completely dissimilar yet nifty artists: The twisted ink drawings of Jon Kuta
(big enough to make desktops; Flash interface), and the fabulously lifelike driftwood and bronze sculptures of Heather Jansch
(she really likes horses. Warning: you'll have to side-scroll).
posted by Gator
on Jan 15, 2006 -
At least one commander told him, "Follow the soldiers' instructions, because they'll put their lives at risk to save you." But no one tried to censor his drawings or discourage him from going out on missions.
-- Steve Mumford is a New York painter who was embedded as a "combat artist" in Iraq. The archives of his Baghdad Journal
make for fascinating reading. He has recently published a large book
of the art he created on this voyage.
posted by Gator
on Dec 18, 2005 -
Museum of Modern Robocop Art.
Some guy made lots of amazing Robocop pictures using the limited palette offered by Artpad
. Ignore the site, xoxohth
, which is a college and law school discussion board filled with vulgarity, but revel in the many ways Robocop is conceptualized.
posted by Falconetti
on Aug 20, 2005 -
"The entire graduating class of Hamline University, 1925, in drawings of varying quality made semi-nightly in about one hour each." (Appears to be by our very own interrobang.)
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Mar 28, 2005 -
Of the few memories I still have of childhood, Ed Emberley
is tops among them. Though I am to this day a miserable artist, his drawing books
were staples of my young life. And I always thought he was my little secret. [via BoingBoing
posted by absalom
on Jan 29, 2005 -
The Pin-up Files
:: Hundreds of classic
drawings of glamorous and beautiful women. Also includes artist bios, notes on many of the images, and a great list of links to other sites. I find it interesting to see how our idea of what is erotic or beautiful have changed (and remained the same) from the '40's to today. This site contains some material which might be considered of an adult nature. Viewer discretion is advised.
posted by anastasiav
on Jun 21, 2004 -
Microsoft is giving away a nifty piece of software.
It's the beta of Expressions 3 by Creature House, something I used to use back in my Mac days but hadn't heard anything about in a long time. Apparently MS bought Creature House last year. I downloaded it (after filling out a somewhat arduous survey/profile thingy) and think it a nice drawing program. Both Mac and Win versions are posted.
posted by bz
on Jun 9, 2004 -