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Looking for new artists

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  Student 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 Velázquez
Jules Joseph LeFebvre
Léon-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
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. @__@
kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student 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! ^_^
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.
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?
SchneckenBeckons Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist



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
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.
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.
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.
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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