an illustrator David has not only used the computer but has been involved
in the development and marketing of filter imaging software for Adobe Photoshop [TM]. On his existing works license offers start at only $149.00.
Oil Paintings, Colored pencils, Pastels, Mixed media, and Digital art
can also be commissioned for select projects.
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Howard David Johnson works in a wide variety of media * Oil paintings * Acrylic Paintings
* Prismacolor Paintings * Drawings * Chalk & Oil Pastel Paintings * Photography
* and last but not least: Digital Artistry & Mixed Media * Because of the use of photography
in everything he does, even Johnson's all-oil paintings can be termed mixed
Primary sources (Greek and Roman)
Aeschylus, "The Persians", Aeschylus,
"Prometheus Bound", Apollodorus, "Library and Epitome", Apollonius of
Rhodes, "Argonautica, Book I", Cicero, "De Divinatione" (On the
Divination), Herodotus, "The Histories, I", Hesiod, "Works and Days"
Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Homer, Iliad. Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite,
"Hymn to Demeter" and "Hymn to Hermes" also by Homer, Ovid, "Metamorphoses"
and "Pausanias" Plato, "Apology" and "Theaetetus". See free English
translations on the web at sites like The Online Medieval and Classical
Library, (http://omacl.org) The Perseus Project (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper),
Sacred Texts (www.sacred-texts.com) and Encyclopedia Mythica (http://www.pantheon.org)
These Mythic Art creations take their inspiration from the realistic
paintings of the old masters just as the film West Side Story came from
Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, who in turn copied it from Pyramus and Thisbe, from Ovid's Metamorphoses. Our shared cultural heritage, great works of art, literature, music
and drama, cinema, folk tales and fairy tales are all drawn upon again and again by the creators of new works. These works in the public domain are
both a catalyst and a wellspring for creativity and innovation. Where would Walt Disney be without the Brothers
Grimm Hans Christian Anderson, or Victor Hugo? Where would Aaron Copeland have been without American folk
music? Or Thomas Nast's Santa Claus without traditional images of Father
Christmas? Pablo Picasso without aboriginal African art? Public domain appropriators,
one and all. When America was formed, copyright law was created to promote
the public creativity and had 14 year terms to reward the creators, but now
with 100 plus year terms very little is currently allowed to enter into the
public domain and its preservation is of the utmost urgency to our future
cultural well-being. In keeping with art tradition and etiquette
following the exhibit , I mention some of the artists and writers that have
influenced me the most; William Bouguereau, John William Waterhouse, Ivan Ivanovich
Shishkin, Edmund Blair Leighton, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, Arthur Hughes, Dante Gabriel
Rosetti, Viktor Vasnetsov, Jean Auguste Ingres, Anthony Van Dyke, Lawrence
Alma-Tadema, Wallace Wood, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Ray Harryhausen,
H.G. Wells, Gustave Moreau, William Morris, Henry David Thoreau, Will Durant, The Pre- Raphaelites, The Symbolists, et
pictures, & text (c) 2018 Howard David Johnson All Rights Reserved
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"Those who are
enamored of practice without science are like a pilot who goes into a ship
without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where he is going.
Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of theory, of which
perspective is the guide and gateway, and without it nothing can be done
well in any kind of painting."
Out of this wood do
not desire to go: Thou shalt remain here, whe’r thou wilt or no.”
From “A Midsummer
Night’s Dream” William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The various galleries linked to by the icons above show many examples
of His Realistic Art, and are grouped by theme rather than media. Since
boyhood he has passionately copied the old masters. Using a strategy
employed by J.W. Waterhouse (The old master David has imitated most) -
his wistful and graceful models cannot be underestimated in their
contribution to the stunning beauty and the potential for lasting appeal
of his work. To create his work, he usually starts with a thematic
concept, then working in his Photography studio with live models. He
then assembles a variety of elements which are realistic and
original. As a boy he dedicated his life to art in 1960. From 1965- 1999
he used xeroxes and tracings to make his preliminary photo montages.
This is patterned after the manner used by Maxfield Parrish and
other 19th century notables. For this he offers no apology as many of
the greatest artists in history employed any and all means of technology
at their disposal such as Camera Obscura or even the evil manufactured
tube paints. See his article below:
"On Art and Technology: When Seeing is Not Believing"
An essay dealing with mechanical aids to visual art from Camera Obscura
to Computers for more on this. The digital montage is a natural evolution of
the preliminary photo collage David learned from great Realistic
illustrators like Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell. You'd think by now everything would have been
tried but it hasn't. Exploring new art mediums is just as exciting
today, just as full of freshness and newness as it ever been.
|His favourite medium for professional
work for many years was colored pencil because of the high speed and
low expense, and people began expressing difficulty in telling his
colored pencil drawing from photographs in the early 1980's. Lately
he mostly draws in colored pencil to relax and for personal works.
Recently he has come to prefer Oil on canvas and digital media
because of the respectability of oils and the flexibility and
profitability of digital media. As a commercial illustrator Johnson
has not only used the computer to create art but has been involved
in the development of computer imaging software for Adobe Photoshop.
Working in a realistic style inspired by classic illustrators David
is deeply rooted and grounded in the Greco-Roman artistic tradition,
Feeling that with realistic art, the human form is the ultimate
arena for artistic expression. His lifelong dream came true when his
Traditional Realistic Art was exhibited in the British Museum in
London England in 1996. Having achieved international acclaim as a
traditional visual artist he discovered digital media (Art
Numérica) in 1999. Because of his passion for realistic art he
elected to embrace it and joyfully be a part of this historic era in
the visual arts as a 21st century realistic visual artist. Since
1972 when he began his career as a scientific illustrator for the
University of Texas he has earned his living illustrating all kinds
of books, magazines, CD covers, and all sorts of games, greeting
cards, calendars, portraits, tapestries, murals and the like with
his contemporary realistic art... David's Realistic Art has appeared
in every major bookstore chain in The United States and has been
used in educational texts and magazines all over the world.
paintings, pictures, & text (c) 1993- 2014 Howard David Johnson
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Personal Opinion Essays on Realistic Art
yesterday and today by the artist.
In addition to his mastery of
traditional media, Howard David Johnson now combines drawing, painting,
photography, and digital media with more than thirty years of experience in these fields
to create his Realistic Art Numérica in 21st century paintings and
pictures. Did you know the Greek word
"Photography" means "Painting with Light"? Today with the advent of
computers it truly lives up to it's name. Due to developments in Art and Technology, a
broader definition of painting is needed than that which is found in common usage. Announcing Art
Numérica -an exciting merger of traditional visual art and cutting edge
technology... a new art form for the twenty- first century... Art Numérica is not
limited to realistic art but also offers limitless horizons for everything from cartoons
to abstractions. It is the most dramatic
development in the visual arts since the Renaissance. In the words of Al Jolson in the
movie world's first talking picture" You ain't seen nothin' yet!"
MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME..."
(A Brief essay
dealing with attitudes toward Traditional Realistic Paintings, Pastels, Colored Pencils
and Art Numérica )
"Painting, in art, the
action of laying colour on a surface, or the representation of objects by this means.
Considered one of the fine arts"
"Painting. noun. 1.) The act
or employment of laying on colors or paints. 2.) The art of forming figures or objects in
colors on canvas or any other surface, or the art of representing to the eye by means of
figures and colors any object; the work of an illustrator or painter. 3.) A picture; a
likeness or resemblance in shape or colors. 4.) Colors laid on. 5.) Delineation that
raises a vivid image in the mind; as in word painting.
~ Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
of the English Language
Snobbism in the arts is nothing new. Some people will tell
you that oils are the only valid medium for realistic paintings. That Colored Pencil,
Digital, and other Realistic Painting and Drawing Media are not valid for
"real" art. Young artists, Don't let them bother you. Their forerunners used to
condemn Pastels before they gained acceptance and called them "crayons" when
Johann Alexander Thiele (1685-1752) invented them. Mercilessly disrespectful
art critics of the time could not stop the Experimentalists no matter how
attacked and derided them. "Crayon-painting" as it was called in England was
practiced early on by persecuted pioneers in Switzerland and many other nations. What a
debt we owe to these master artists who refused to knuckle under to the pressure of those
short-sighted critics during those historic and experimental times. It took until 1870
with the founding of the "Societe` Des Pastellistes" in France that respect
came at last to these heroic & immortal visual artists.
In England the liberation of the Pastellists from slight regard and
undeserved disrespect came with the first exhibition of "The Pastel Society" at
the Grosvenor Gallery in 1880. Pastel Painters like Mary Cassat and others from
America and other nations forever silenced the snobs with their masterworks and
gained recognition at long last for Thiele's invention as a valid art medium. I am
persuaded that history will repeat itself. Like Pastels, I believe these wonderful
new colored pencils and even Digital Realistic Art Media will one day
recognition they deserve as powerful mediums of artistic expression just as pastel
paintings did. What is your definition of art? Have you thought about it?
Mine is: "anything that
makes you feel or think."
Pastel, Acrylics, and Colored Pencils combined
The detail reveals Realistic
art and abstract art combined
dancing... it can be a little skip in the step or rise to the level of the incomparable
Russian Ballet. Did you know that just the materials alone for a single oil painting cost
up to a thousand dollars these days? Even paying the artist less than minimum wage no one
but the super rich can afford them anymore. Something's got to give. Realistic paintings
in oil have been highly prized for centuries and the appeal and following of realistic art
is undiminished to this day. Oil paintings featuring Abstract Art and Realistic Art are
generally the most treasured form of all the visual art media and with good reason. But
snobbish art critics favoring abstract art have declared that realistic
paintings, or illustrations are not art for a century. With so many
representationalist paintings by so many immortal master artists hanging in the
Louvre, the Hermitage, and the British Museum and others I think the disrespect for
realistic illustrators that dominated the 20th century is academically ridiculous as well
as vain and intolerant, insisting theirs is the only valid opinion. What is your
definition of Art? I believe almost any form of human expression can be raised to the
level of "high art" especially visual art and Realistic illustration...
By my own definition of art, which is: "anything that makes you feel or
think" most abstract paintings are not "real art" to me personally,
because abstract paintings usually neither make me feel or think, usually focusing
obsessively on technique and avoiding any coherent content. I usually draw a complete
blank mentally and emotionally when I look at them. In 1979 the Houston Metropolitan
Museum of Art displayed a triptych of 3 giant paintings they paid fifty thousand
dollars for- three blank white canvasses entitled "untitled". Then there
was "The incredible new artistic Genius" with an I.Q. of 62
...Congo the chimpanzee
with his gala New York art exhibition...an elaborate prank played on the Snobbish American
Art critics about a generation ago by research scientists in the field of primatology.
Imagine how upset they were when he created one of his "ingenious masterpieces"
right before their eyes.
( My Source for this is the Time Life
Science Library volume entitled "The Primates". )
Art education has been almost completely removed from American
Schools as a result of generations of this kind of fabulous nonsense contributing to
America's cultural illiteracy crisis. Now, the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michaelangelo,
and other notables are being removed from school libraries. After generations of
this, most American college graduates today cannot name even one living visual artist,
abstract or realistic.
There is no way that mandating
more math, requiring more reading, or scheduling more science will replace what we have
lost as a culture.
What is your definition of Art?
Abstract Paintings by Congo the Chimpanzee outsold Warhol and Renoir
by over 25,000 dollars in June 2005 at a London art auction. Born in
1954, Congo created more than 400 drawings and paintings between the
ages of two and four. He died in 1964 of tuberculosis. There is no
precedent for this kind of sale.
The Rebirth of Realism
More thoughts on realistic art
yesterday and today by the artist
has entered a new era with the birth of Art Numérica, or digital
art media in the 21st century. Artists never stop exploring with mediums. Artists have
been developing techniques, experimenting with different tools since at least twenty- five
thousand years ago, when the first artist picked up a charred stick and scratched a
picture out on the wall of his cave. You'd think everything would have been tried by now,
but it hasn't. Exploring new mediums this very day is just as exciting, just as full of
freshness and newness as it ever was.
| The creation
of Realistic art has been the goal of most artists since the dawn of civilization.
Realistic art was the pride of ancient Greece. The world's greatest museums are full of
realistic art. Realistic art WAS art until the advent of the abstract expressionist
movement in the twentieth century. The coming of the camera in the nineteenth century
changed realistic art forever. Suddenly, realistic art was not the only way to create
realism in portraits and historical records. The work of the realistic artist was suddenly
made into an expensive luxury. The political power of the realistic artist was broken and
they were no longer an indispensable member of society. Hostility to the
creators of realistic art goes back to ancient times and the jealousy of advisers to the
Pharaohs and others who were not able to spend as much time with their rulers as their
portraitists. Although with the aid of photographs, realistic art achieved
levels of excellence undreamed of, the realistic art movement of the late nineteenth
century was short.
None of these people earning their living creating realistic art could
compete with the speed and low cost of photographic portraiture. Determined to
survive, great realistic artists like Pablo Picasso ingeniously turned inward and began to
explore things that could not be photographed in a new school of art, abstract
expressionism. The day of the fine art superstars had arrived. It was now largely just a
hobby to abstract and realistic artists alike. Illustration, because of advances in
printing technology enabled an elite few to earn a living with their realistic art. These
illustrators working in realistic art media were condemned and ridiculed in much the
same way Europe's great symphonic composers were condemned for working in motion pictures
after fleeing the nazis during World War Two. The rift between realistic and abstract art
grew wider and wider. The universities and key media usually sided with the abstract camp
and derided anyone working in any realistic art media declaring boldly that realistic art
was not "real" art.
Immortal giants of realistic art such as
Maxfield Parrish were mistreated their entire lives. They were accused of selling out for
creating beautiful pieces of realistic fine art to earn a living. The attitude that the
true artist must suffer and starve and die in poverty became a rule. There were the
Abstract art superstars, the professional realistic illustrators, and the hobbyists who,
although cut off from gainful employment and social influence still recognized their
artistic gifts as a calling rather than a profession. Early abstract art masters
proved themselves as realistic artists before delving into realms of the intangible. They
had to do this at that time to prove themselves because of the challenges they faced from
the establishment for going against the status quo. In the latter part of the 20th century,
realistic artists like HDJ were challenged to do abstract art to prove themselves as shown
in the example above (Deirdre of the sorrows). Later realistic art training was abandoned
in most schools and things like splattering paint in fits of rage were deemed more
than enough. By the end of the 20th century something as destructive and
nailing a pack of cigarettes to a shoe was considered fine art but not realistic
paintings. Fashions in art have often been as silly as fashions in ladies hats. As
the century drew to a close, many people had had enough. The realistic revolt was at hand.
The rebirth of realism was fueled by the advent of the digital era. Now, for the first
time in almost two centuries, an artist or illustrator could earn a decent living again
with his realistic art. This is historic. Realistic art is not going to go away, especially now that photography has truly merged with traditional realistic visual art.
Photography comes from the Greek words meaning "painting with light". Now with
the advent of digital media the capability of realistic art has become almost limitless,
truly, "painting with light". The merger of all the world's art forms to realize
the potential of motion pictures has come now to still realistic art media. This website
for example, combines music, prose, poetry, photography and traditional realistic art
media to create an experience beyond merely looking at realistic paintings.
The twenty- first century is already seeing a
new renaissance in the arts because of the world wide web. There has never been anything
like it. Abstract art, computer art, photographic art, and realistic art are continuing to
be separate schools of art but are also blending to create exciting new horizons. Although
Digital art does offer completely new horizons to the artist in the 21st century it does
not mean the end of our time honored art traditions. Instead, it offers additional ways to
keep these traditions and schools of thought fresh and alive.
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and etiquette suggest the artists who have been most influential should be mentioned
at exhibits; these original new pieces shown in this exhibit take their
inspiration in part from the paintings of Waterhouse, Alma-Tadema, Church,
Godward, Moreau, Bouguereau, Leighton, Ingres, Moore, Parrish, Rackham
and others. Most of my sources
are changed so much they are impossible to detect, but sometimes I make it
obvious to pay homage. Where
would Walt Disney be without the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson,
Victor Hugo and so many others? Where would Aaron Copeland have been without
American folk music? Thomas Nast's Santa Claus without traditional images of
Father Christmas? Picasso without African art? These are artists
who made names and fortunes through Public Domain appropriation, one and
all. Beethoven did "variations on a theme" with the works of
Mozart for the same reasons I have done mine with Waterhouse and others- to
learn and give homage to the artists who most inspired me.
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text are legally copyrighted & were registered with the U.S. Library of Congress
Office of Copyright in 2004-14 by the author, Howard David Johnson All rights reserved
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