Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Illustration Masterclass! (Catching Up, pt. 4)

(OK, so I'm a little late to the party on this one, since this happened all the way back in mid-June... but here goes!)

I went to my first Illustration Masterclass (IMC) this summer, and I certainly hope it isn't my last.  It was amazing.  I got to meet and hang with some of the greatest people in the fantasy industry today.  Let's just say that my Spectrum autograph collection has grown...

To save myself some work, James Gurney has an article here.

The artists included:
Ian McCaig, Donato Giancola, Greg Manchess, Dan Dos Santos, Adam Rex, Julie Bell, Boris Vallejo, Rebecca Guay, Scott Fischer, Irene Gallo (AD of Tor), Scott Allie (Comics writer, editior of Hellboy/Buffy and others).  Guest lecturers included Peter De Seve, Mo Willems, and James Gurney.  I want to shout out a big Thank-you to Rebecca Guay for putting it together.

One of the best things about it was the social aspect of it.  There people from all walks and stages of life (some great pros among the students, people who have had careers like matte painter, concept artist, Nickelodeon animator, children's book illustrator/author), toy illustrator, architect, and many others).  It was great to all have our meals in the same place and talk to new people every day.

And at the end of it all, I still managed to do a painting.  (Well, not finish it, but get a good start!)
Here be it:
16" x24", Oil

The class photo.  Lots more people here.  Guess where I am?  Yep, hanging from the tree!

Shot of faculty, courtesy James Gurney.

Interior of conference room.  We probably had nearly 20 lectures here in the course of a week!

Setting up in the upstairs (traditional) studio

Critique with Adam REx, Irene Gallo, Boris Vallejo, and Dan Dos Santos

This is priceless - Donato Giancola and Greg Manchess fighting over who's the best artist.  Either that, or giving a demo of taking good ref by roleplaying a slave and master... or something.  I'll let you take your pick.

Peter de Seve!

Donato starts a drawing for a middle earth painting.

James Gurney, guest lecturer, makes his rounds through the upstairs studio.

An excerpt from his lecture on composition, discussing the use of eye tracking technology

While looking for a teacher on the lower floor, I discover Ian McCaig giving an impromptu demo by sketching a student.  Boy can he ever draw!

Underpainting.  I think there's a beauty to how this is already!

Anticipating another lelcture.

Greg Manchess working on a book cover painting.

Ian McCaig giving a demo on concepting creatures based on what's around you.

Donato Giancola's bio lecture

Me and Ian!  He's an amazing guy, such an awesome attitude and full of energy and creativity.  I aspire to be like him in personality as well as art.

Left: art director's sketch, right: finished painting.  lol

Instructors in wrap-up roundtable discussion, pt. 1

Instructors in wrap-up roundtable discussion, pt. 1

People's work set up for open studio, upstairs

People's work set up for open studio, upstairs

Here's a WIP of my own painting!


1 comment:

Margaret Hardy said...

So exciting Kirsten! So many masters, ahhh! Your piece is lovely, as well. :D