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Category: 20th Century American Art

But Beautiful

Illustrator and designer, Gary Cieradkowski runs a beautiful site, Infinite Baseball Card Set.

Top of that, he’s got a book out, The League of Outsider Baseball.

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Put it on your holiday shopping list. Looks like a keeper.

Morning Art

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Even cowgirls get the blues. Drawing by Jaime Hernandez (1999)

Afternoon Art

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Afternoon Art

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“The Mosquito Net” By John Singer Sargent (1911)

Afternoon Art

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Marisol. 

Morning Art

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Diebs. 

Morning Art

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“Large Still Life,” By Richard Diebenkorn (1963)

Afternoon Art

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Photograph by Arthur Siegel. 

Afternoon Art

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Illustration by Eric Petersen.

Afternoon Art

SAULS

Saul. 

Morning Art

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Picture by Gordon Parks. 

Morning Art

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Diebs. 

Afternoon Art

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The Egg Man. 

Morning Art

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Diebs at Stanford. 

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Don’t Burn the Garlic

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I recently told a friend of my interest in telling stories with pictures and he recommended Cartooning, by Ivan Brunetti. This slim volume is a written version of a class Brunetti teaches on the cartoon format (he doesn’t care for the terms graphic novel and I don’t blame him). It is broken down into a 15-week course. There is no point in cheating or cutting corners. Brunetti insists that the reader, or student, follow each assignment. If they do, they’ll arrive at a place where they’ve acquired some fundamentals.

Dig this, from Brunetti’s introduction:

Most Italian dishes are made up of a few simple but robust ingredients, the integrity of which should never be compromised. It is a straightforward, earthy, spontaneous, unpretentious, improvisatory, and adaptable cuisine, where flavor is paramount: not novelty, not fashion, not cleverness, and not prettiness. If it tastes good, it will perforce also look good (note that the inverse is also true). It is a cuisine entirely based on a relative few, but solid and time-tested, principles. The techniques are not complicated, just hard; mastering them really takes only time, care, and practice. Originality, as Marcella Hazan instructs, is not something to strain for: “It ought never to be a goal, but it can be a consequence of your intuitions.” One plans a meal around what is available and what is most fresh, usually a vegetable, allowing this ingredient to suggest each course.

…Once you know the basic principles, what you are “going for,” you can add your own personal touch. The most important thing is the potential misstep at the beginning that can ruin the entire dish: don’t burn the garlic. If you do, it will not matter what fancy or expensive ingredient you add to try to cover it up; it will still taste bad. Thus, what I hope, in essence, is that by the end of the book you will learn not to “burn the garlic” and to create art based on sound principles.

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[Picture by Will Eisner]

Morning Art

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Paintings by John Register. 

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Afternoon Art

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Cornell.

Afternoon Art

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Kline.

Afternoon Art

alec

“Pacific” by Alec Colville (1967)

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