Beatles Rock Band: I watched this commercial for the Beatles Rock Band twelve times in a row. Every scene is drawn so beautifully, and the progression through time is handled so well...and it gets plenty trippy enough to call it sf/f.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
And, a Shakespearean couplet with: Next and Sonnet 138.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
DAY 6 (PHOTOS HERE)
Last full day. Packed day.
We had three business lectures:
Shelly Bond from DC/Vertigo talked about working in comics, using James Jean and the Fables series as the example. She described what it's like to be a comic editor and talked about how an artist can market themselves to a comic company. The main lesson: drawing, drawing, drawing! My favorite line, "The important thing to know about black and white is, color wont save it."
David Saylor from Scholastic did a presentation on children's picture books, showing a number of examples -- the most exciting for me was a Jon J Muth Christmas book coming this fall. It's drop-dead gorgeous, but then isn't J always drop-dead gorgeous.
Both Shelly and David took time in the afternoon to walk around the studios, look at portfolios, and collect samples.
I gave my formal lecture of the week in the evening. I was, to tell the truth, very nervous about the whole thing (everyone's presentations were so good...a few were even tear-inducing) but I think I did alright. I spoke about my daily work concerns, how I find artists, what I look for in portfolios, my usual website rant, and ran through a project from thumbnail to book cover. The hour and a half flew by.
A quick dinner break. (Shout-out to Amherst's Fresh Side.) And then back to the studios. Back to painting. Back to critiquing. And even a bit of relaxing and talking and feeling sad that it would all be over tomorrow.
At 12;30 in the morning Charles Vess announced that he'd give his History of Fantasy Illustration 1850-2009 lecture. I think that epitomized everything I love about IMC. People were either shutting down, knowing the class was essentially over, or panicked to finish up as much as they could. Either way, everyone was tired. But given the opportunity to learn something new, we jumped at it and spent an hour in the middle of the night ooh-ing and ahh-ing over great and largely unfamiliar art.
I've seen Charles give this lecture before and each time it's been different -- which means I will have see it again at ComicCon this year.
Clean up. Closing remarks, with a few (and a few more) tears. And then we opened the studios as a gallery. A number of IMC alumni, other artists, and art directors drove in from surprisingly far away. Viewers were able to see the paintings created in class and flip through portfolios. Throughout the day everyone started signing each other's sketchbook...hours and hours of sketchbook signing. No one really wanted to leave.
IMC is the brain child of Rebecca Guay. If I sounded overly gushy all week it's because, through her remarkable and generous heart, Rebecca has created something truly special. I know all of the instructors came away supercharged and inspired. I feel confident that all of the students did as well. We are all indebted to her and her assistant, Sara. And being the greedy folk that we are, we're already excited about next year. IMC3, baby!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Four minutes of bad, low resolution shaky cam! Okay, so this isn't great, it was mostly meant to see if I could figure out Youtube. Tonight I'll try to quick wrap-up of the last two IMC days. (For thems not sick of hearing about it.)
UPDATE: Not to turn this into a commercial but as Chuck in the comments points out, you can get much better video, from beginning of a painting to the end, with the Massive Black downloads, part one and part two.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
[IMC09 DAY 4 PHOTOS]
Day four's theme: Holyshititsthursday!
It's both more panicky and more sociable today. Not that it hasn't been sociable before but today's realization that the week will come to an end has pumped up the volume of work and support.
My biggest regret of the week may be missing 98% of Robert Sweeney's lecture and demo today. I knew I missed something right away when walked in and saw that Greg looked like a kid who just met Santa. Sweeney is a local landscape artist with a great ability to articulate the act of painting. The one point I did catch was Sweeney describing painters as dramatists -- every shape, color, value, and object can be seen as a balance of protagonists and antagonists, often changing roles as you paint or view the picture.
The afternoon lecture was by guest instructors Dennis Nolan and Gary Lippinicott, focusing on watercolor painting and children's books.
The evening lecture was by Charles Vess. One of the the great things about this combination of instructors is having so many equally valid yet contradictory styles and methods. Dennis and Gary (along with most of the full-week staff) spoke a lot about planning, sketching, and reference. And then Charles comes along and talks about minimal planning and referencing. More than anyone else, Charles seems to let he picture find him. Calmly sketching and letting the narrative elements, colors, and value grow into place...with the confidence that he can wrangle them in when necessary.
With only three days left, the late night hours have been met with even more frank critiquing, more talking, more painting, a bit more junk food, caffeine, and a dash more wine and whiskey. The push is on.
Tony Deterlizzi dropped by for a few minutes today. Tomorrow we have Jon Foster for a lecture and demo. Saturday is business day -- lectures from art directors at DC/Vertigo Scholastic, and some place called Tor Books. Sunday...frantic touch-ups, open studio, and sad goodbyes.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
48 hours, and 30 hours of active instruction time, into the program....
It feels like the students are about a day ahead of where we were last year. By midday most people had finished their drawings and started to prep their paintings surfaces. By late afternoon the smell of turpentine started to slowly rise.
Studio time is a mix of some of the instructors demoing and others going from easle to easle giving hands on advice......Then I decided to jump into Allen Williams' armour.
Monday, June 15, 2009
- Firstborn: military science fiction story
- Steampunk Wizard of OZ.
- Lady of the Lake
- Berserker Lord: Viking-ish fantasy, two warriors fighting a polar bear.
- Princess of Mars
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Unfortunately I only caught the tail end of last night's Barron Storey opening, but by the time I walked in everyone was glowing.
The exhibit is a collection of 150 sketchbooks displayed on wall-length shelves. The viewers are invited to thumb through each and every explosive page. It's an extraordinarily intimate to look an artist's work and daily thoughts, and a touching pact of trust between the artist and the viewers. If you are planning to see the show, give yourself a few days -- one viewing is overwhelming.
A few more shots from the opening here.
Sketchbook shot courtesy of Zelda Devon.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We got a very Lovecraftian story in on Tor.com, The City Quiet as Death by Steven Utley and Michael Bishop. It involved tentacles and, you know, once that happens any number of artists start looking so very appealing. So of course, I went with one of my faves, Jon Foster. (Its only just occuring to me that Jon lives in Providence. Hmmm?) He did two sketches and I honestly couldn't decide which I liked better. We went with the tall version, but I still like the horizontal equally as much.
Life After Black: The Visual Journals of Barron Storey
Society of Illustrators
June 10 - July 32
Opening Reception Friday June 12
Greg Manchess, guest blogging, sez go!
"I gave up keeping a sketchbook years ago thinking no one would ever see it, or even wanted to. Two days ago I walked into the Society of Illustrators and was astonished at the new show going up. 100 sketchbooks by Barron Storey will open Friday night.
Barron has been filling sketchbooks with his incredible thought processes for decades. Every page a celebration of line, tone, color, and design.
And you can flip through them. It's so inspirational, you'll go home wanting to fill every one of those nice bound sketchbooks you've got laying around gathering dust."
Who's cuter than Jack? No one, would be the answer. And Goni Montes knows it.
Goni is doing a series of great drawings for an upcoming Kij Johnson story on Tor.com. It just happens that he included my Jack...if by "happen" you mean I sent him photos of every angle and lighting condition....but to, you know, only include Jack if it was convenient and served the story. Of course.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
A quick follow-up: I have to admit...I alluded to it in my first post...When Cory Goodbey announced his Wild Things tribute site, Terrible Yellow Eyes, I thought he had great intentions that would be really, really, no really, hard to live up to. Maybe it was because he picked the author, and the particular book, that I most identify with my own childhood. But the site has taken off phenomenally well. They are not just "re-draws" of the book. They are true, lovingly conceived and executed continuations of the conversation.
Today, as Cory points out, is Maurice Sendak's 81st birthday. His books changed the landscape of children's literature books and inspired generations. So, today I will:
- be like an alligator and never nap
- tell them once, and twice, chicken soup with rice
- proclaim that milk is in the batter and nothing is the matter
- and let the wild rumpus begin!
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
"I get milk the Mickey way."
About 30 seconds in, this gets real cool.
Monday, June 01, 2009
This week's Tor.com Animation picks:
Fallen Art: This is brilliant, albeit difficult to watch. An interview with the filmmaker, including concept drawings, is on CG Society. (5.45 minutes)
Goodbye Canine: And now to lighten things up a bit, a fun adventure story. Apparently in France the tooth fairy is a mouse. (5 minutes)
I stumbled on to Alex Kanevsky's work in Chelsea a couple of years ago when I was looking for a photographer's show. I forget who the photographer was but Kanevsky became one of my favorite contemporary painters. He now has a new exhibit in Chelsea at the J. Cacciola Gallery, through June 13.