Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Randy Orwig

Hi everyone. Randy, in case you don't already know him, is a really wonderful model who is visiting us from Florida. Tony has painted him a couple of times (see here). Anyway, Randy has a fascinating Flickr page on which he posts all sorts of versions of himself by artists from all over the country. I will post a link in the links bar, and have linked to his page here.

Interesting Links from John

The first link is a source for Corian Palettes. Art Specialties International will cut the material to size, but it will require some polishing. No power tools are needed, just a couple grades of sandpaper (1000 & 2000 grit) and some polishing compound available at Auto Zone. I have some sandpaper and polishing compound left if anyone wishes to use it for their palette.

Only certain colors are available in ¼ inch thickness. Tony’s Corian palette color is Dusk. The cost is around 40.00 with shipping.

The other link is to a documentary film in production about Antonio Corsi an artist model who worked during the first quarter of the 20th century. Not a lot of text but some cool photos.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mahl Madness

Above: Mahlstick

Above: Darthmaulstick

Monday, April 7, 2008

Happy Birthday David (Toga Party)

I don't want to give you the impression that we just dress up in costumes here, fight with our mahlsticks, and generally goof off, however... Over the weekend Randy, our wonderful model and studio elf, posed for an optional portrait session. This just happened to coincide with David's birthday, and since Randy was wearing a toga the result was a toga birthday party for David. Pictures below!

David, with the traditional plate of birthday curry

Above: Toga Party!

Above: Dangerous Neo-Neoclassical riffraff

Friday, April 4, 2008

Coup d’├ętat


And you thought we used mahl sticks to steady our hands while painting!

Friday Feature: The Trouble with Tribbles

The trouble with tribbles is, apparently, that they aren't the right shape to be useful for Tony's purposes. No matter. Yesterday, while critiquing Deborah's drawing of Toby, Tony invented a "shaved mutant tribble", cylindrical in shape, to illustrate what happens to Toby's stubble as it turns under his jawline. This lead to much discussion of the principle of the "tribble horizon". Surely Deborah will not forget this example.

Following the discussion, it was decided that members of the Ryder Studio would found a band called "The Shaved Mutant Tribbles". There is a rumor that Tobias Hall (AKA "Cosmic Ray"), of the band "Photon Envelope" (lead singer and guitarist Tim Stotz, of Studio Escalier) may defect to the Tribbles.

If you have no idea what a Tribble is, please check this link.

Below: cylindrical tribble diagram.