Oct 30, 2009

Fun Links

Hello Cartooning and Drawing Students!

This blog is used as a teaching tool, and has examples, information, and visual aids you can download and print, to help you improve your skills.

To easily access the class review blog posts, and drawing examples you can download, click on the Class Review category in the Blog Post Categories on the right, near the top of the blog.

This will put all the class review posts onto a single page, to make it easier for you.

Concepts talked about in the drawing class are reviewed here to help you as you improve and refine your art skills.

And, of course, there are fun things to check out, such as...

Castle Peak and Thunder Railroad

I'm not a huge Disney fan (I've been there so many times I'm Disney-ed out), but this is very impressive. Architect David Sheegog, a former Disney employee, built a remarkable series of scale-model Disney attractions in his back yard and has a wonderful site created by his 14 year old son to showcase his models.

They are pretty incredible: Cinderella's Castle, Big Thunder Mountain, locomotives and others, including scale model tourists and cast members! The pictures are nice and big to give you a good look at the detail, and there is even a fun video of the train rolling through the scaled-down park. Be sure to check it out!

Air And Space Museum Poster Collection

Want to take a look at graphic design from days gone by? Check out the impressive collection of air-themed travel posters the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum has put up on their website. These are incredible works of art, most typical of the art deco or art nouveau style of illustration. Posters were a powerful medium to convey information, since there was no television, color movies, and certainly no Internet back then.

Soviet Union War Paintings If you like fine art (or even if you don't), check out this incredible collection of paintings depicting WW 2 from the Soviet Union's perspective. There is some incredible imagery here; soldiers in the field, families left behind, even a depiction of Hitler in the bunker before he committed suicide. Much more powerful than photographs, these paintings are driven by the raw emotion and passion of the artists.

And finally, this picture is too cute not to share. It was sent into National Geographic, and every time I look at it I grin. The woman in the picture writes: "My husband and I were exploring Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park-Canada when we stopped for a timed picture of the two of us. We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intriqued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot! A once in a lifetime moment! We were laughing about this little guy for days!!"

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