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Raffaello e il misterioso pigmento blu

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Dal trailer

Ho scoperto una possibile gaffe nel docu-film Raffaello, il principe delle arti.
All’inizio del film, Raffaello, bambino, per scherzo fa cadere una ciotola piena di pigmento blu nella bottega del padre. Il pigmento, giudicando dal colore e l’intensità sembra di essere blu oltremare, sostanza assai preziosa nell’epoca rinascimentale, tanto che molti pittori non potevano permetterselo. Un gesto simile quindi avrebbe sicuramente causato come minimo un rimprovero o un monito da parte dei genitori. read more

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Book review Fantasy Genesis Characters: A creativity game for drawing original people and creatures

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As a figurative artist I can’t praise enough this book, exceptionally good for boosting imagination and creativity. Every draftsman knows that you need countless hours of drawing in order to be a better artist, it can be boring and it might be difficult to free your imagination. Not with this book: the idea is that you play a game with dices in order to find random new associations (for example emotions and actions). It challenges your ability every time, I bet it boosts creativity.
All the sections are very good: expressions and emotions, archetypes, costumes, anatomy crash course, antropomorph creatures, all this with a good dose of humour. Highly recommended.

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Book review Adolph Menzel Paintings and drawings

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It’s been a real pleasure to read this book that treats a great artist so little known nowadays. Actually the text is occupying only about 20 pages of the book, tells us about the artist’s social and professional life and about how this, partly unpublished material was collected. As a bonus, it is James Gurney to present us Menzel giving an unusual insight to the artist’s life, Instead of a dry, boring biography this kind of introduction is very interesting and entertaining, it contains also some funny but also shocking notes. Gurney who himself is an excellent artist and teacher (I own some of his instructional books,). knows what kind of information is the most valuable to art students, so he underlines the eager will of Menzel to draw literally everything, including dead people, sleeping people but even a man on the toilet The drawings that fill the book are really beautiful, I enjoyed especially the portraits, made with a loose but very powerful technique.

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