Step by Step Art

A few collected sites that I’ve come across that show you the step by step process for how their art is created: a realistic eye illustration, pet portrait, landscape and painting people into them — the creative process of Liu Bolin.

A photorealistic drawing of an eye by Mark Crilley. I use his approach and even hold my pencil this way but don’t have his excuse, however. I like his self-deprecating style and sense of humor and his reference to Chuck Close, one of my favorite contemporary artists.


Pet portrait and painting process from Allover Art.


Pet Portrait Process via Allover Art on Art Is Everywhere

Pet Portrait Process via Allover Art


Landscape painting and process by Donald Neff on the Art Instruction blog.


Landscape painting by Donald Neff on Art Is Everywhere

Landscape painting by Donald Neff


Finally, the creative process of Liu Bolin and how he paints people and into a landscape.


liu_bolin via arrested motion ib Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via arrested motion


Liu Bolin via arrested motion on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via arrested motion

Bringing Bolin to the USA

Liu Bolin, known as the “disappearing” Chinese artist, has done it again, but this time in the USA.

Having claimed his fame by previously painting himself into scenes as painterly demonstrations against his Chinese government, in response, the government demolished his studio. Sarah Schiller of the Wooster Collective along with Eli Klein Fine Art brought Liu to America where he made his debut in New York City by painting himself into Kenny Scharf’s recognizable comedic faces mural on Houston Street.

Liu Bolin in Scharf Mural seen on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin in Scharf Mural via

Kenny Sharf Mural as seen on Art is Everywhere

Kenny Sharf Mural via

And here are some scenes of Liu Bolin in his home country, equally as fascinating.

Liu Bolin - Chinese Dragon, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin - Chinese steps as seen on Art is Everywhere

Follow this link thread to previous posts about Liu Bolin.

Art of Camouflage

This story about the history of how military camouflage came about is a perfect post to commemorate Memorial Day.

Our contemporary camouflage has the  abstract, cubist art movement to thank, particularly artists like Picasso and George Braque, as this USA Today story points out. “Breaking up” subjects into patterns or puzzle like shapes forces subjects not be immediately recognizable and this concept was picked up by military strategists during World War 1, which helped “allied ships avoid German U boat attacks.

Artists who helped create camouflage were called “camofluers.” Their task was to disguise objects by making them look like something they were not and could blend in with nature around them, similar to what some animals do naturally in their environments as a protective mechanism. These artists were decoy experts who relied on the work of naturalist Abbot Thayer for inspiration around 1909. They used concepts of natural shading to counterbalance and disrupt light patterns to confuse and “dazzle” the enemy.


camosoldiersforweb on Art is Everywhere

Example of colorful camouflaged soldiers

Camo patterns on Art is Everywhere

camo patterned vests via abbot thayer blogspot

Claudia Covert, (the coincidence of her name is uncanny), is an expert on military camouflage at RISD. The French first adopted the art of camouflage in 1915 and then the British and the US followed suit in 1917. Pretty fascinating facts while you’re hopefully enjoying your Memorial Day break and remembering all the brave troops who serve to protect the USA. Thanks to the art of camouflage many lives have been saved.

Of course this post reminded me of previous ones regarding Emma Hack and  Liu Bolin. I love these. How fitting with the American Flag and the soda bottles kinda remind me of paint cans.

Liu Bolin on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via

Liu Bolin  on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via

Keeping up my Monday Murals posts, here are some abstract murals by Matt Moore of MWM Graphics as part of the Shawnee Peak Muralthon. These are colorful and fun, not meant to deceive but bring joy with color and design.

MWM Graphics abstract murals on Art Is Everywhere

MWM Graphics abstract murals via MWM Graphics newsblog

MWM Graphics abstract murals on Art Is Everywhere

PS: I thought I had scheduled my post for last Thursday. With all of the hubbub surrounding graduation, I guess I forgot to post it. Sorry for that; although I don’t think it will be missed. This just means I’ll have one less post to write this busy week, an unexpected bonus!

Liu Bolin the Invisible Chinese Artist

Liu Bolin is quite literally the invisible man in that he paints himself into his photo compositions and you have to look hard in some case, like the second to last photo, to find him. I thought this was a phenomenal new way to view trompe l’oeil. His work is in protest against the Chinese government, who shut down his studio in 2005 when the area with people’s homes was bulldozed to make ready for the Olympic Games. His work represents not fitting into the norm. I received this in an email so do not have a credit for all the photos but here is a resource.

I’ve updated the title to this post since yesterday after seeing a report on ABC news about Liu Bolin tonight. It was interesting to see how he achieves his “blending into the background.” Evidently, he doesn’t paint himself (literally that is). Others paint him into the scene. His work is however, literally about how his government does not seem to recognize its people.

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Liu Bolin via Oddity Central

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