Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912) was a Dutch painter of special British denizenship.
Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky.
Though admired during his lifetime for his draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, his work fell into disrepute after his death, and only since the 1960s has it been re-evaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.
Jeff Wall - “After “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue”
Jeff Wall based this elaborately staged photograph on Ralph Ellison’s prologue for his 1952 novel Invisible Man. The unnamed narrator, an African American man, lives secretly “in my hole in the basement [where] there are exactly 1,369 lights,” powered by stolen electricity. Some visual details are drawn from other parts of Ellison’s book or come from the artist’s imagination. In this way, Wall refers to his inspiration for this photograph as an “accident of reading.”
Wall refers to his method of photography as “cinematography,” and like a cinematic production his work is dependent on collaboration with a cast and assistants who help develop a painstakingly constructed set. He used a large-format camera with a telephoto lens to achieve such a high resolution and finely detailed print. This photograph, like most of Wall’s work, has been printed on a transparency and mounted in a steel-framed light box. The large-scale image is illuminated from behind by fluorescent lights, which Wall began using after seeing light-box advertisements in the late 1970s.
Perspective is one of the most difficult things to deal with while drawing as it’s endlessly frustrating and rules can be easily forgotten or confusing. I’ve spent years looking at and buying books trying to figure it all out. Luckily Craftsy has once again come to rescue with it’s brilliant FREE eGuide, “How to Draw With Perspective,” which covers all the basics from vanishing points all the way to drawing ellipses in perspective, with step by step instruction and visual aides. Craftsy also offers many other interactive classes that never expire.
I and a few friends have been working on this game Eidolon for about 2 years now, and it’s finally releasing tomorrow. We were Greenlit a while back and will be on Steam, and we’ve been selling pre-orders for a long time, but not many people have heard of us, and so our income so far has been pretty much nothing. If we don’t get a good amount of eyes tomorrow, we might not be able to keep making games, which would be tragic, since it’s been a long-time dream.
I don’t want to sound desperate, since for all I know we’ll bring in a lot of new players with release tomorrow, but it would be really great if you could help us get the word out with a reblog!