Smithsonian American Art Museum: Capturing Humboldt in the 21st century using an 18th-century tool

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Capturing Humboldt in the 21st century using an 18th-century tool. “Meet Dean Howarth, a local high school science teacher and an interpreter on the history of science. He has presented ‘living history narratives’ based on the science of Charles Willson Peale and Alexander von Humboldt at Smithsonian Libraries, the National Museum of American History, and other regional museums. Howarth visited SAAM in nineteenth century dress during the summer to sketch the mastodon skeleton featured in the exhibition, Alexander von Humboldt in the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture. He used a ‘camera lucida,’ a small sketching tool used in the 1800s similar to a camera obscura but simpler and quicker to use—a favorite tool of 19th-century naturalists, like Humboldt. Enjoy the world of science, discovery, and Alexander von Humboldt through Howarth’s lens.”

Patch Chicago: Pritzker Military Museum & Library Launches Virtual Exhibition

Patch Chicago: Pritzker Military Museum & Library Launches Virtual Exhibition. “On Monday, December 13, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) launched a virtual experience of its popular Museum exhibit: ‘Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin and the Art of War.’ The extraordinary live exhibit, currently on display at the PMML through April 2022, features nearly 150 of the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist’s original drawings and published cartoons, as well as personal material from Bill Mauldin’s exceptional career.” This exhibit does have a modest admission fee ($7 for PMML non-members.)

Boing Boing: Fun web app for doodling inspired by its creator’s elementary school doodling “rules”

Boing Boing: Fun web app for doodling inspired by its creator’s elementary school doodling “rules” . “Boing Boing contributor and esteemed author Clive Thompson created a delightful Web app for doodling. The design of the ‘Right-Angle Doodling Machine’ was inspired by a curious set of rules that Clive followed when doodling in elementary school.”

Engadget: ‘DeepFaceDrawing’ AI can turn simple sketches into detailed photo portraits

Engadget: ‘DeepFaceDrawing’ AI can turn simple sketches into detailed photo portraits. “Researchers have found a way to turn simple line drawings into photo-realistic facial images. Developed by a team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, DeepFaceDrawing uses artificial intelligence to help ‘users with little training in drawing to produce high-quality images from rough or even incomplete freehand sketches.’”

Atlas Obscura: The Delightful Doodles and Hidden Scribbles on the Backs of Artworks

Atlas Obscura: The Delightful Doodles and Hidden Scribbles on the Backs of Artworks. “AROUND A DECADE AGO, GEORGE Eksts was digitizing a 19th-century photograph for the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, when he turned it over and noticed that someone had doodled on the back. The front side showed an image of Kashmiri temple ruins, taken by the photographer Francis Frith. But on the reverse, rotated 90 degrees from the orientation of the photograph, were bizarre pencil portraits of a headless man, as well as a long-beaked creature with human legs.”

New York Times: Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not

New York Times: Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not. “Even if you can’t draw or paint, you can still construct a comic. Some educators have found the medium to be a good way to entice children into creative writing. Thanks to a variety of apps, you can make your digital comics on a smartphone, a tablet, a computer or even a plain old piece of paper. Here’s a guide.”

The best free drawing software 2020: free apps for artists of all abilities (TechRadar)

TechRadar: The best free drawing software 2020: free apps for artists of all abilities . “Here, we’ve picked out the very best free drawing software for Windows. Some of these tools are designed for serious illustrators, while others are better for keeping children occupied without the mess of real painting. There’s something for everyone – the only limits are your imagination and skill.”

Boing Boing: Neural net-generated prompts for Inktober

Boing Boing: Neural net-generated prompts for Inktober. “It’s Inkotober, when ‘artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.’ In a fun experiment, Janelle Shane trained a neural net with prior Inktober prompts and picked out some promising concepts like ‘ornery beach sheep’ and ‘BUG IN HUMAN SHAPE.’”

My Modern Met: Growing Database of “Women Who Draw” Spotlights 5,000+ Female Illustrators

My Modern Met: Growing Database of “Women Who Draw” Spotlights 5,000+ Female Illustrators. “Women Who Draw is an open directory featuring 5,000 professional illustrators, artists, and cartoonists. As its title suggests, all of the artists included in this ongoing project identify as women—especially those who art history has largely ignored. To remedy this age-old problem, the database prioritizes work by artists from minority groups, including women of color and those who belong to the LBTQ+ community.”