Art Analysis #10: Dance by Alphonse MuchaBy Alphonse MuchaArt Analysis #10: Dance by Alphonse Mucha6 years ago in Personal More Like This
This analysis copyright Scott M. McDaniel, 2009.
I ended up last week by saying I'd do a Maxfield Parrish piece this time, but I lied horribly. The Parrish piece I'd picked is Daybreak, one of his most popular and well known. It's based on the principles of Dynamic Symmetry. I need some more time to work through that, so I'll do it three weeks from now. Instead, I'm going to do Dance by Alphonse Mucha. It's part of a series of four panneaux based on the muses (some of them, anyway). Aside from Dance, there are (from left to right) Poetry, Music, and Painting. This Art Nouveau style may have come before the term "pinup," but hey, these are pinups.
You can see the common layout and circular frame motif. I'll concentrate on Dance, but keep in mind that they're a set designed to be displayed together in a room. Mucha was one of the first t
Art Analysis #30: The Steampunk Harem by Aly FellThe Steampunk Harem, by Aly Fell, copyright 2009.Art Analysis #30: The Steampunk Harem by Aly Fell5 years ago in Personal More Like This
This analysis copyright 2010 by Scott M. McDaniel.
The website ConceptArt.org has, among other things, an activity called "Character of the Week." In November of 2009, one of the topics was "Steampunk Harem." Participants have one week to produce a painting from scratch that satisfies the brief, which for this one was:
They are pampered and preened for the Sultan and Sultana. Doused with pungent oils, washed with lavender and cinnamon scented perfumes, their skins perfect and their complexions refined and painted to reflect the whim of their master and mistress.
They are treated with respect and adoring attention, but they are prisoners; birds in a gilded-cage. They are t
#40: Buddha by Osamu TezukaDrawings from Buddha, by Osamu Tezuka. Copyright by Tezuka Productions.#40: Buddha by Osamu Tezuka3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This analysis copyright Scott McDaniel, 2012.
The Image, Part 1
Not too long ago I started working on some drawings in which I needed to draw water, mountains, and trees in ink. For example, in Fairy Tales I tackled both up-close and mid-distance forest and trees. In Knotwork in the Skye mountains and water were the problem of the day.
While I'm not completely happy with the results, I thought I'd share some of the drawings by Osamu Tezuka that I referred to several times to try to work out doing nature with ink. All three of the main pictures I'm showing here are from his Buddha series. The one above is from Volume 8, the last one. Now, when I look at that I'd call it fairly realisti
AllegoriesAllegoriesAllegories6 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
A shawl covered the cracked mirror. She couldn't bear to look into it. All she knew was that she was not a princess and this was no fairytale. She turned away, disillusioned. No one would ever love her. Inside her heart, fragile, delicate things broke and left sharp edges that dug into her. After awhile, her heart grew numb and she scarcely felt the pain anymore, but she wasn't happy either. And in the silence within her, tears fell endlessly.
Behind her, He stands. His arms are around her waist, she is His princess. He can't bear it when she cries. He lifts the shawl from the mirror and holds her in His arms while He tells her about herself, pointing out details in the mirror as He speaks to her earnestly. He lifts her fallen chin and holds her close when she cries. She doesn't believe everything that He has to say yet, but she is beginning