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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 6:59 PM
I'm diving back into studies and plan to scope out some real deal artists to 'shadow' in order to become a better artist. So if you guys know of any super good ones, chuck 'em at me.

I do have some idea of what I'm looking for. I want to avoid people on DeviantART, same-style concept artists, or pretty much anyone working in the entertainment industry. Current artists are alright so long as they don't fall into these categories. ( I had a classmate who pointed out a bunch of good ones but I lost the list. DAMN!)

Ye olde timey artists are good. Right now I'm looking at William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Anything Romantic period or Hudson River School is super amazing. Also La Tour and Vermeer. And Rembrandt.

Buuuut those are all painters (plus some etching) and I'd love to be pointed in the direction of someone more recent whose focus is in drawing. Or whatever. Just whatever you've come across that looks good (think art museum caliber). Doesn't have to be realistic rendering with classical themes. You art history kids know what I mean. :D

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kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love William-Adolphe Bouguereau!

Anywyas, in case you wanted more artists to look at, I made a list. Some of these I am big fans of, and others I stumbled across while searching. I wish I had a larger list of more recent artists to share, but I ran out of time (maybe I'll think of more later?). Have to go do some figure drawings!

Good luck on your quest to learn!

Ye olde timey artists you may or may not know:
Alexandre Cabanel
Francois Boucher
Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
Jean Honore Fragonard
Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Philippe Mercier
Peter Paul Rubens
Philip Alexius de Laszlo
Anthony van Dyck
Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Diego Velzquez
Jules Joseph LeFebvre
Lon-Maxime Faivre
Eugene Delacroix
J. M. W. Turner
Thomas Cole
Albert Bierstadt
John Frederick Kensett
Howard Pyle
N. C. Wyeth
Harvey Dunn
Alphonse Mucha
Charles Dana Gibson
James Montgomery Flagg
Heinrich Kley

Slightly more recent artists:

Barbara Bradley
Andrew Loomis
Greg Manchess
Mark Schultz
Susan Lyon
Scott Burdick
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's crazy how recognizable Bouguereau is in a sea of samey classical-style artists. I saw one of his paintings in Richmond and in spite of having just become acquainted with his work, I KNEW it was him.

This list looks absolutely delicious. I know only a handful of them, which is great, because it means the rest will be new discoveries.

Thank you so much for taking the time to compile it. I'll be searching through everyone's suggestions as soon as I get some breathing room. @__@
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kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know what you mean. Bouguereau models his figures in a way I've never quite seen reproduced by any other artist. I always get the impression that if I just reach out to touch the figures in his paintings, their cheeks would feel so soft. Softer than real life, even. His use of light is also very distinctive and another reason why I love his art.

I am glad to have given you several avenues to explore, and I hope you find some inspirational artists among them.

I also forgot to mention J. C. Leyendecker, a favorite illustrator of mine from the Golden Age of Illustration. You may or may not know of him; not everyone does, which is a shame given how much he's influenced American culture.

Anyways, have fun with your artistic adventure! ^_^
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
YES! They're *so* weirdly real and at the same time, so dreamlike. I love the way he paints eyes.

Ah, this is also very good. I've seen a few of Leyendecker's paintings browsing through art history books and things but you know how it is, you start to get completely brain-fried taking in so many different styles and eras of art that you tend just to overlook things.
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Aridax Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't have any suggestions, but why do you want to avoid people on dA? And why avoid the entertainment industry?
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SchneckenBeckons Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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&

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Are just a couple sites I've found to be helpful....sorry I cant link you to the type of artist you're looking for :( but I hope you're able to find one
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GraceSwan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Steven Daluz is an artist I interned with. He does some incredible mixed-media drawings, some with black gesso on frosted mylar which are amazing. The rest of his work is primarily oil paint on gold leaf.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
UUUUUUUUUUURGH! This is really amazingly beautiful. T_T I love how he captures the qualities of luminous haze without actually describing obvious objects. I mean, I can see where he took inspirations from scenes and some of these are more representative than others, but still. Good. Good stuff.

This is very reminiscent of a body of work I became acquainted with in college but can't for the life of me remember the artist's name. And you know how it is trying to find a painting on the internet with such keywords as 'fire' and 'painting'. Ha ha ha. I can't find it, otherwise I'd pass it on.
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GraceSwan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you liked it. Watching him paint was mesmerizing. Someday I hope I can lay the paint on with the same confidence and intuitive thought that he exhibits.
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Smarterartschool ([link] ) offers classes from professional artists you take online. I'm currently enrolled, and I highly recommend it.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is a *really* great link. I just... don't know if I could work up the nerve to join. ha ha ha.
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm taking Todd's class, and I get to monitor any other class once a week for the full 3 months. Best investment ever, I think. Next semester I think I'll take a
lass from Rebecca Guay or Donato Giancola. Oh! And I never went to art school, or had to pay an application fee, or show my portfolio. =)

Right now he's having us read through Andrew Loomis' book Creative Illustration.

I wish you the very best =)
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Dragonnis Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I look forward to doing this!
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TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've recently developed an interest in certain renaissance artists, specifically Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, and Jean Fouquet. My interest is mostly in their attention to details and textures. This piece by Fouquet is especially fascinating: [link] And I really like this one by van Eyck: [link] Oh, and I totally love Fra Filippo Lippi: [link]

Hope these helped at least a little? I'm not too familiar with a lot of modern museum artists at the moment.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Man, I really really love old-timey halos. These are good, but I like the even older ones, like a big circle around someone's head. I'm not a huge fan of the medieval illuminated manuscript style but the halos.... I love 'em. I'd stick halos on everything if I could. Hell, maybe I will!

Ha ha slight tangent there. I'm just so mad about halos. Yes, these are quite nice. Kind of unintentionally super creepy, but that's what I like about them.
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slategreen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I recommend the work of Robert Vickrey. His compositions are very abstract but the subjects are representational (nuns, children, kittens) and dreamy, full of shadows and motifs from childhood (balloons, bicycles). I've seen his work in real life and his glazes create lovely optical effects. He's one of my favorite artists. :)
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I like all of his paintings of rocks! And Glazing is something I've been wanting to learn. Thanks for the link :)
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Altairias Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:iconpopuluxe: I've been watching her for some time now. She's still searching for a style but some of her pictures are very inspirational. You should check her out, she's pretty cool. : )
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umbreon17 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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click a randon artist :D

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concept artist, but his earlier work. especially nature pieces are really intereseting.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Atm for me, this one impressive, Miles Johnston: [link]
What is amazing, he is only 20 years old and does so amazing drawing studies, for example this (and that's charcoal drawing, not sculpture!) [link]

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned but I'd recommend Frank Frazetta.

Oh also, can you really tell that impressive painting is actually a pure watercolor? [link]

That's Stanislaw Zoladz's piece of artwork. I'm not sure if that kind of art could inspire you but surely make you to jaw-drop: [link]

Karen Latham and Brian Jarvi ([link]) are fine wildlife artists.

I had a huge list of many various artists (of course non-DA) and very inspiring ones but I can't find it as well. What I listed are artists which I have in my mind at the moment. I constantly find new inspirations and fill my list (in my mind... I really need to start writing down.) If you would like, I could let you know more artists...
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meganbednarz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   General Artist
Here are some artists I studied in college: Albert Bierstadt, JMW Turner, Charles Burchfield, Hugh Ferris, Antonio Sant'Elia, Lebbeus Woods. These artists are very different, and maybe not really useful styles to you, but check them out if you want :)
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DaffoDille Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Albrecht. Freaking. Drer


He's the best. <3
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Durer comes swaggering in with sunglasses.

I do like his drawings and etchings. :>
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ConfettiCastles Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't know whether or not I am interpreting this question right, but I'll do my best, as several of the suggestions I have are people who are long gone. xD
Rien Poortvliet is absolutely fabulous. If you can get a hold of it, his book "Noah's Ark" is wonderful. It was published after his death, but I have never seen so many beautiful paintings/drawings of animals in one place. It's just full of studies and intricate paintings and lovely things. Plus, it's half the size of a small table.
The Beggarstaff Brothers were one of the first people who would later be classified as graphic designers, and had a very unique style, especially for the time period. [link] This post has several of their pieces. My favourite poster they created is probably Hamlet. :D
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was one of the top architects and designers in the world. He helped started the Glasgow School of Art, and has created a lot of beautiful work both in architecture and design. The stylistic work he does, as well as the patterns and motifs he uses, I find to be incredibly inspiring.
And this guy, unlike the rest, is actually still alive. [link] The blog is in Italian, but he just creates beautiful wildlife watercolours.
Kay Nielsen was an illustrator in the 20's, and illustrated this book, which can be looked at entirely for free here. [link] I highly recommend looking at the illustrations.

Hope I hit the mark with what you were asking at some point. Good luck!
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MaerikDragon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My favourite artist is Wyland.

[link]
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ShadowWolf-18 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
michael gibbs
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LouisiferDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Check out Remedios Varo
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i don't know if you be interested in this guy, but his podcasts and tutorials are really great, helps inspire me to be a better artist.
[link]
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks; this looks very useful. :3
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ur welcome. glad you like it. :)
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natakarin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
If you're looking for a surrealist I'd recommend Zdzislaw Beksinski, Jacek Yerka, Piotr Naliwajko, Wojciech Siudmak, Rafal Olbinski, Tomasz Setkowski, Jaroslaw Kukowski and Andrzej Pagowski. Don't think of me as nationalist but these are really oustanding Polish artists who should have more recognition and there is a huge chance you've never heard of them. :D
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Pretty sure I've seen something of Olbinski's and I've seen a little Kukowski but everything else is new to me. Very glad you posted these. I liked Beksinski especially. It was just what I was looking for. :3
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natakarin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
If you're looking for a surrealist I recommend Zdzislaw Beksinski, Jacek Yerka, Piotr Naliwajko, Tomasz Setowski, Wojciech Siudmak, Jaroslaw Kukowski, Andrzej Pagowski and Rafal Olbinski. Don't think of me as a nationalist, but these are really great Polish artists who should have more recognition and there is a huge chance you've never heard of them. :D
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Digital Artist
James Gurney, Rodney Matthews and Bob Eggleton. The last two can have some freaky art. Most of it is either fantasy or sci-fi but Bob Eggleton has a blog going and does other things too. Matthews has a lot of Bible influenced art.

Some websites to get you started.
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Dragonnis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
KIM JUNG GI - I am currently obsessed with him... I can't find much art on the net to do him justice, his sketchbooks are where it's at, anyways run a google image search of him. Might be to entertainment industry though.

Beksinski - One of my absolute favorites [link]

MC Escher lol

Maxfield Parrish [link]

Bernie Wrightston Frankenstein [link]

Glen Keane - [link]

Heikki Leis very photo realistic don't know if you're interested in that - [link]

Dirk Dzimirsky Again very realistic [link]

Chris Sheban quite cartoony, all work is water color and color pencil [link]

Kevin Llewellyn - [link]

Arthur Suydam guy who did Heavy Metal - [link]

Prud'hon I have no idea how to find his work online, his charcoal work especially, I have a massive folder with beautiful work by him though - Google image Prud'hon drawings

Craig Mullins very entertainment industry but he's amazing [link]

Anibale Carraci - [link]

Domenic Cretara - [link]

Nikolai Blohkin - [link]



I swear my favorite artists are all escaping me right now
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Kim Jung Gi is still really nice to look at. I'm glad you mentioned him. All the rest of these are really good, too. Thanks for the links. They could keep me busy for months!

I said no entertainment industry because I suspected I'd get a lot of samey concept artists. As it is, I think very few people actually read the journal. Or They have no idea of the vast world of artists outside DA :C
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Dragonnis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah it seemed like some of them saw DA in the description and started linking the DA artists like nuts >>
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chardin?

I'm definitely saving this journal so I can browse through the comments later ^_^ I keep forgetting that even a hobbyist like me should take the time to study art history!
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kampfly Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
well, i haven't been around long, but i do have a favorite artist, though i don't know if he's quite what you're looking for. it's Ted DeGrazia, and he's not alive but i suppose he's somewhat contemporary? he's a painter; great for studying mood and color theory, if you as me. he's some of my favorite paintings he did: [link] (sorry that one's tiny, it's hard to find a digital image that does the colors justice), [link] , [link]
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Nomasa Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Although he tends to work with oil paint, Vladimir Kush does have some interesting art in terms of subject matter and content. His paintings could be described as surreal (one of them is a picture of windmill butterflies, for lack of a better description)but Kush refers to them as being more like "metaphorical realism". "Arrival of the Flower Ship" is a beautiful example.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wwoooooooah this is super bizarre! :D I like it!!
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Goya, Paul Klee, Alexander Calder
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Goya. That mad crazy man! @_@ I freaking love Kronos eating his children.
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
He could be intense O.O
Robert Hughes did a fine bio on him
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Andy Warhol. Not the popart stuff, but the other, darker stuff he did. I saw an exhibit with both types side by side and it was almost like looking at two different artists.

Was always fond of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (and his sister, though I think she stuck completely to the written arts).

[link] I'm in love with his Vermouth Bianco poster, but he did a lot of really great promotional art (as well as other art). It's a fun site to poke around.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aaahhh I'd love to see this weird Andy Warhol. All you ever see is the pop stuff. I'll go hunting for it.

I've seen a leeetle Rossetti. I like that crazy hair.

This last link is great but I'm having trouble navigating the site. :D
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lonewylfe Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Yeah, I had to sort of poke around the site till I found his art, but it was well worth it.
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DuneTheHutt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconloish: wonderful paintings.
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Aistar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   General Artist
Alex Alice [link]
and Emily Fiegenschuh [link]



Also Kilu Zamana :iconexileden:
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Kna Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
im sorry to intrude without offering help but i am very curious as what the term "shadowing an artist" means. i only could find shadow art on a websearch.
could you please explain to me what you meant by that term?
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