Friday, June 09, 2017

Trying to Make a Stop Motion Animation

My nephew and his friends documented their high school Senior Project:  "Trying to Make a Stop Motion Animation"

It's hilarious!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Artwork -- Antelope Girl

I took a SmArt School online class with Dan Dos Santos, February-May 2016.  It was fantastic!  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  Dan's an amazing teacher.

SmArt School Website

The first assignment was a portrait of some kind.

Sketch of a sort of winter queen elf... (yeah, it needs a lot more thought! like can we have something a bit more detailled?  story and personality -wise?)

Digital (Photoshop and Wacom Intuos)

Dan suggested maybe more of a headdress...  I couldn't make it work, snow-queen-wise... My wintery designs were crap.  So I went in another direction... Went for a more desert-like style and changed her to an antelope girl, and made her face 3/4 instead of profile...

Worked up digitally.

Put some texture around the doorway around her, cleaned up outfit--

More work tightening things up--jewelry, hair; put in a door so cast shadow falls across it--

IMC 2014 -- Illustration Master Class

This year's special guest instructors were Brian and Wendy Froud.  I've long admired their work, so I had to attend!

Illustration Master Class website

Brian Froud brought many of his originals for us to look at--
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Greg Ruth and Iain McCaig--
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Greg Ruth, demoing his drybrush method--
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Rebecca Guay, Greg Ruth, Dan DosSantos in background--
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Boris Vallejo, painting--
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Jeanette and James Gurney with Brian Froud--
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Allen Williams and James Gurney, painting--
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Rebecca Guay--
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Brian Froud--
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Students working--
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This year we were divided off into different sections--those working in the Froud's section had their own little area--
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Those of us working with Brian were mostly doing sketchbook work... sort of concepting fairies... (some of my work, alongside others)--
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Outside the World of Froud--
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World of Froud, Wendy's work--
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Wendy Froud's materials--
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Building up from the armature--
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Wendy, working--
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2013 -- San Diego ComicCon

(Posting old photos of stuff... after a big non-blogging gap!)

View from Diana Harlan Stein and my Exhibit Hall booth in the Fantasy Illustrators section--
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Cosplayers/costumers walking by--
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Pendragon Costumers across the aisle--
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The lovely Pam Ford--
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Sean Astin --
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Lots of figures/sculptures--
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Costumes from Winter Soldier--
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Television News Vans lined up--
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IMC 2013 -- The Illustration Master Class

I love the IMC so much!!!  A week of wallowing in fantastic fantasy art!

Check it out:  Illustration Master Class IMC Website

They always sell out right away, so don't hesitate.
A core group of top-notch teachers working in traditional, digital, comics, gallery, children's book illustration:  Rebecca Guay, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Donato Giancola, Dan DosSantos, Greg Manchess, Scott M. Fischer.  Often with Iain McCaig and James Gurney.  With a main Guest Instructor, and many dropping by to give talks and lectures.

IMC 2013 had Mike Mignola as Guest Instructor (although he had to leave a few days early).

A list of assignments to pick from to work on during the week (held in Amherst, MA, in June), is given out beforehand.  We bring materials/supplies/computers to work on.  Live and eat together.

Around 100 students.

Auditorium for Lectures/Presentations--
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Crits on the first day, with 3 or 4 of the faculty--
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Lecture on Shooting Reference, with Scott Fischer and Donato Giancola having some fun--
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Some of my rough sketches for the "A Midsummer Night's Dream" assignment--
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More detailed sketch of Titania and Oberon--
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There are some models/drawing/painting sessions... this one has James Gurney doing some painting--
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Boris Vallejo--
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My oil painting, on 18x24" masonite, at my workstation--
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Diana Harlan Stein, working on her Captain Nemo painting--
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We were in the first floor painting studio.  There was also a room upstairs, and another room just for digital (darker and no paint allowed!)--
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Row of easels--
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Greg Manchess, painting--
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Iain McCaig, Greg Manchess, and Donato Giancolo looking at artwork--
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Scott Fischer, painting--
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Donato Giancola, painting--
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Diana Stein, painting--
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Rebecca Guay, painting--
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My painting--
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End of the week, display of work and sketching in everyone's sketchbooks--
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