Saturday, June 23, 2012

 

IMC-- Iain McCaig mini-demo

Between lectures and painting time with instructors going around, and the meals at the Amherst College dining hall (which are great meals, by the way), there are impromptu demos.  Here, a student asks Iain McCaig (most known for doing the concept art for Darth Maul, etc.) for help with a demon face and Iain starts painting...

using watercolors--
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Sorry... I never seem to catch these things at the very beginning, but I think he just goes right into the painting/sketch.  He has one of the students stand so his head is at the right angle.  And he's also glancing at the other student's original sketch of the demon (although he's deviated from it quite a lot).
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He washes a shadow in, seeming to obliterate a lot, but...
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Break for drying (one of the students supplies the dryer and actually dries it for him--
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He uses water to pick back up some color to make highlights.

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Many years before (a good decade or more), he was a guest at a con.  At the time he was doing all water-colors in the English style rather like Froud and I remember him talking about using bleach to get back to the white of the papers--so I ask him about it.  I'd mentioned this to others and they'd scoff and say it would yellow the paper, but Iain says he DOES use bleach and just makes sure to soak it back up with water, so it doesn't eat/yellow the paper.

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Doug Gregory, AD for Blizzard is on the left, looking on, with Greg Manchess on the far right--
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Iain signs the sketch for the student.  So cool!  ^___^
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... more stuff to come from IMC 2012...
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