Handbook for Marvelous Murals

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Try Some Paper Thing


Paper Book Sculpture:

g-This is a crafting of surprise and and marvel. The cut seems very contemporary; but the 3D fold-out for books and cards must have begun centuries ago.

When did this form start?

William Blake (section Illuminated books)

Stereotype, a process invented in 1725, consisted of making a metal


  • 1470 Wood cuts introduced in Europe to illustrate the printed word.
  • 1476 Caxton, the first printer in England, set up a press in Westminster.
  • 1500 Printing presses set up all over Europe.
    Even at this early stage during the development of print, there were mechanisms, pivots and string pulls being used in complex scientific and astrological text books.
  • 1798 The lithographic printing revelation was invented in Germany using an ‘oil’ versus ‘water’ separation process utilising Bavarian stone.
    The development of this printing process brought about the introduction of colour ‘chromolithography’, by using separate stones for each colour and over printing in registered sequence. It was this breakthrough that those in the Victorian era took to their hearts with a passion for the ornate and colourful, which could now be reproduced with multiple copies, even though it was still labour intensive. The inventiveness of the era transcended into the printed cards sent as a greeting. They became fanciful and ingenious, incorporating moving parts in the form of pull outs and pop-ups.
  • 1860 With the advent of photographical processing, a revolutionary four colour photomechanical lithographic printing process evolved, which revolutionised the printing industry. It allowed for speedy, cost effective, multiple printing, ideal for mass circulation.
    Luther Meggendorfer was one of the first to capitalise on the superior technical capabilities of the German printing industry and produced movable picture books with unfolding panoramas and pop-ups containing intricate die cuts for moving mechanical parts, engineered to provide animated graphics.
  • 1930 World-wide revival of interest in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, traditionally handed down through the families which is still considered a ‘therapy’ in the today’s fast moving lifestyle.
  • 1950 Consumerism takes a hold, paper engineered items taking on a broader spectrum, cross fertilisation of ideas across many disciplines.
  • 1960 Flower power era, gift and card businesses blossomed. Small creative enterprises with very little capital were able to influence and generate sales throughout the world.
  • 1970 A number of these smaller 3-D card publishers withstood the test of time and developed a world-wide market establishing the dimensional paper engineered card as a proven vehicle for added value and sentiment.
  • 1980 A number of publishers developed the 3-D card to cross the divide from ‘card’ to ‘gift’, establishing an unique market area creating a gift you could send flat through the post which would become dimensional on opening.

To date the 3-D greeting card has become established in its own right, not only as a distinctive form for the carrying of graphics, but also as an economically presentable gift having a charm that has intrigued people into purchasing regularly on a world wide basis for ‘sending-on’ or keeping as a collectable

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Nov 1, 2010 Illustration ART290 & 390

Circus Dr Fauve. Give me a 40. Marion Bolognesi

& This is what it feels like,


Some images from www.gettyimages.com   Hummm….. how do we see into a classroom?

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Alexander Calder Circus: He might not seem like much but, he was a innovator and very important monumental sculpture. His artworks are all over the world. And he made small figures for fun.


What about being mean and hating people?

I sent my friend this:

black and white genimage

And he sent me



Fauve Artist 1905-1907

Notice oil paint has a sticky, standup and stay in place character about it.

Henri Matisse, Portrait of Madame Matisse (The green line), 1905,

Henri Matisse, Portrait of Madame Matisse (The green line), 1905,

Henri Matisse. Woman with a Hat, 1905. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Henri Matisse. Woman with a Hat, 1905. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Illustrating with watercolor

  • a pencil under drawing can be erased completely leaving the watercolor undisturbed.
  • sometimes with watercolor water goes on before the color
  • applied paint can be lifted with cotton or a sponge.
  • dry pulls of paint/ wet pulls of paint they can all add to the excitement.


girls-bg by Marion Bolognesi

Fans reacted to his exciting composition that seems to stand on drips:



February 8th saw the opening of the Trinity art show at Thinkspace gallery in Los Angeles. The Trinity is Zach Johnsen, Marion Bolognesi, and Tony Philippou, all currently residing in New York, NY

The Think Space Gallery:


featuring works by Tony Philippou / Zach Johnsen / Marion Bolognesi



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MSU Artist Lecture Series DAVID F. MACK



David F. Mack v a ceramics (80)


We were treated to a workshop by ceramicist David F. Mack.  This was a very important learning session from an illustrators point of view  because Mr. Mack used an illustrational tool, the portrait, as a means to have us witness history.  He brought a bit of MSU history with him as a gift The Portrait Vase of James E. Lewis. He studied with Mr. Lewis while at Morgan.

 David F. Mack v a ceramics (25)

David F. Mack earned a BS from Morgan State University, and MFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art. David Mack is an active exhibition ceramic artist with previous exhibitions at The USF&G Bldg-Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore's City Hall, Artscape, Las Vegas Museum, and Clearwater's Harborview Fine Arts Festival. David Mack's recent ceramic production, "The Heritage Vessel Collections" depicts the faces of African American inventors, engineers, and educators sculptured onto thrown vessels. Such as, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Madame CJ Walker, Garrett Morgan, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Gen. Benjamin Davis Jr, Dave "the Slave Potter" Drake, and Elijah "The Real" McCoy pictured above (1844-1929 circa, inventor of a steam engine lubricator). A graduate of the US Army Command General & Staff College, Lieutenant Colonel Mack retired in 95 from The US Army Reserve with 28 years of military service. David Mack is also a certified Florida USATF Track and Field Official. David Mack  and wife, Linda, resides in Spring Hill. You can see more artwork by David Mack by going to : http://home.earthlink.net/~davidfmack
David F. Mack’s work reflects the emotion, power, and life long experience encountered through his special relationship with CLAY. David Mack’s work combines thrown, functional, production claywork with historically, significant, pioneer inventors, engineers, educators, and civil rights activist. David was motivated, inspired, and driven to bring some of these obscured, remarkably gifted people through the realization that these names are seldom mentioned in our history books.. His heritage vessel creation with emphasis on emotion, power, size, texture, space, and sensitivity is this claymakers signature trademark. David continues to raise the bar in developing creative clay thinkers, and producing artwork that is avant-garde, unique, and personal.  
David Mack views his career five years from now to represent a catalyst or vehicle to recognize the revolutionary contributions made by people of color in science, industry, and civil rights that have been ignored and neglected for so many years. He hopes his work provide a renaissance to reform and rewrite our history so that our children may know the real reason why we say… Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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an Occurrence Sketch

look at the late works of Georges Braque


So draw some assurance from late Georges Braque

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Graphite Figure Drawing Techniques have Value


Techniques will vary and precision can be assisted using old techniques and current devices.

DIRK DZIMIRSKY gladtobebackfromparis Optical-Head-Magnifier

Painting Stick Schilderstok AMI   DIRK DZMIRSKY trinitywip1

Shown above —Mahl Stick $21 Utrecht art supplies

Painting stick consisting of an assembly of 2 threaded light-weight aluminum parts to form a max length of 1 meter. One end carries a chamoix covered rubber protectioncap. Ideal as handrest for detailed work whiling painting–Optical head magnifier $105 (various_) Pearl Paint Since 1933 is one of the older sellers of art supplies.

Forget imagery for a moment.  And look at the masterful use of black, white, and gray.

  • Your controls in a charcoal or graphite drawings are blacks, whites, and grays.
  • Consider a hierarchy in values (blacks, whites, and grays) in your drawings. You drawings will have a sound structure if there is a lightest light, a darkest dark, and mid-tones that are contiguous as a tonal line.
  • Compose so that the “pay-offs” are redeeming
    • Highlights-whites (and sub-whites)
    • Surface-grays
    • Absolute registries of form-blacks

Please consider the drawings of  Dirk Dzimirsky.

DIRK DZIMIRSKY intheupperroomIs there a lightest light in which not others can compete?             Where did Dirk put the lightest light?


Now let’s think about imagery for the Magic City Massacre. (Remembering that the black, white, and gray structure of an artwork can have a hierarchy overriding the hierarchy of the objects represented in it) 

You have chosen:

To Illustrate an Image: Setting is a domestic or industrial kitchen area.

The action sequence:

1st Character KKK: A tall masked-man (KKK) enters stage left to confront a young woman who has three small children under her care. The compression of the man’s body (>) is felt in the picture frame arriving toward the center of the picture. The he threatens.

2nd Character Woman: Placed central in the composition and stalwart.  She confronts the threat, and must (try to) accomplish two things:

    1. Stay the actions of the aggressor
    2. Manipulate the children (situated behind her) to safety.

3rd Children Character Grouping:  Woman is blindly manipulating the children to a stove.

Visual Characteristic

The work is set up as  “Peep-hole Viewing.”  We are looking through shadows, arcs, and crystalline structures to see the set of action characters.

Additionally, you have started to decorate the interior with plates and other objects.

End Conclusion

Bob Owings Studio Window 

When an artwork has become a marsh pit of actions and objects which licenses the draftsman to go on and on and on to no productive resolution. The work can become a test piece of things the artist would like to try in various ways. If your drawing is already getting “too fussy” (for publication) and, if it is likely to conclude without the focus of a fully realized illustration_Archive the artwork__& use it to do a really good illustration.

BWG----Baltimore Footrace curb 3P Stitch (2)

Question: On whose shoulder sits the responsibility for the lightest light and ultimately the control of values in an artwork?

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Massacres to Flowers & Fashions


Gardenia_with_Glass_Giclee_m_op_800x621 Gardenia_with_Glass_Giclee_The Gallery at Round Top

Giclée (pronounced /ʒiːˈkleɪ/ “zhee-clay” or /dʒiːˈkleɪ, from French [ʒiˈkle]) is a neologism for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word “giclée” is derived from the French language word “le gicleur” meaning “nozzle”, or more specifically “gicler” meaning “to squirt, spurt, or spray”.[1] It was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne,[2] a printmaker working in the field, to represent any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. The intent of that name was to distinguish commonly known industrial “Iris proofs” from the type of fine art prints artists were producing on those same types of printers. The name was originally applied to fine art prints created on Iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used in galleries and print shops to denote such prints.



… & a few more thoughts.

How about the Delacroix?

8988-the-massacre-at-chios-eug-ne-delacroix  Delacroix’s painting of the massacre at Chios shows sick, dying Greek civilians about to be slaughtered by the Turks

Giving meaning to a drawing composition:

  1. Location
  2. Emphasis

And The Role of Drawing in Children’s Writing. And article of interest.


    Piet Mondrian

    Pieter Cornelis “Piet” Mondriaan, after 1912 Mondrian (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpiːt ˈmɔndriaːn], later [ˈmɔndriɔn]; March 7, 1872 – February 1, 1944), was a Dutch painter.

    He was an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement and group, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. He evolved a non-representational form which he termed Neo-Plasticism. This consisted of white ground, upon which was painted a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines and the three primary colors.[1]

    Between his 1905 painting, The River Amstel, and his 1907 Amaryllis, Mondrian changed the spelling of his signature from Mondriaan to Mondrian.[2]


click on the flower for more points of view

    History painting is the painting of scenes with narrative content from classical history, Christian history, and mythology, as well as depicting the historical events of the far or near past.[1] These include paintings with religious, mythological, historical, literary, or allegorical subjects. History painting may embody some interpretation of life or convey a moral or intellectual message.


    Washington and his Men Crossing the Delaware 1851 by Emanuel Leutze

    Washington and his men crossing the Deleware

    Looking critically at an artwork…. click picture link for suggestions.



    The Last Days of Pompeii

The last Day of Pompeii


The last Day of Pompeii. by Loard Litton and the ---Pompelian Revival-- of Spanish Painting


  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French pronunciation: [ʁənwaʁ]; 25 February 1841 – 3 December 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that “Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau

Auguste Renoir - La Balançoire


Present were

Jana’y & Ashley





THE SHACK IDEA IS STILL ALIVE at Enoch Pratt Central Library Today (pics)



Let’s Illustrate Something!


Playbill for Morgan Players (1)

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