What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Unexpected Royals


Bill Mayer

If his anthropomorphic animal portraits are any indicator, artist Bill Mayer must have the poshest pets around. His portraits of animals in historical costume should be funny but somehow manage to communicate gravitas instead. Employing traditional European painting techniques, his works all seem like they should be more than a hundred years old. His traditional backgrounds also lend to the sense of solemn importance.

Also a successful commercial artist, Mayer is popular with the magazine crowd, too, with commissions for The New York Times Magazine, Scientivic American, and Smithsonian Magazine.

“For me, the most important element of the painting is the concept. The medium you use is just a way of furthering that original concept or finding some elements that add an intelligence to the work. Most of the time I start with small thumbnails which help me sort out the basic visual, a starting place. It probably comes from years of commercial work where you have to show your ideas before you start on a piece… Sometimes I will pull a piece of acetate over a painting and try to figure out what was bothering me and try a few things. Sometimes I will scan them in and use Photoshop, try some things, then go back and paint that way.”

– Bill Mayer

You can see all of Bill Mayer’s fanciful work on his website and on Instagram, Facebook, and Flickr.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

6 thoughts on “Unexpected Royals

  1. Quite interesting. I know I will be looking at them over and over!

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  2. LOL..Laura will right at home. I love the mouse. She, or he, is so cute.

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  3. These are fabulous. I love the homage to traditional, historic portraiture and the detail in the visual textures.

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