Monday, June 24, 2013

Illustration Master Class 2013 - Day 3

Day 3 of the 2013 IMC! ...and I am still in good health. Day 3 marked the arrival of the guest artists and lectures. Most notable this year is the always welcome return of James Gurney. The endless font of knowledge and creativity I could listen to him talk endlessly about the craft and science of art, light, and color. I found myself sitting across from James and his wife at lunch and was able to have a few moments to talk to them one and one. These are the kind of unexpected moments that IMC fosters and provides. Worth the price of admission in my book!

Also, by Day 3 the effects of the late nights has begun to show in the studio spaces and dinning hall at breakfast. Through out the week fewer and fewer make it to breakfast and the studio does not fill up till after the morning lecture or after lunch. Par for the course and should be expected. I was still watching my sleep very carefully and micromanaging every cough and sneeze, so I was able to document a least a couple days of the empty studios. By the end of the week the late nights were unavoidable and there was too much work and fun to be had in the late hours of the night.

The night of Day 3 offered up a live painting demo from a model by James Gurney and Dan Dos Santos in our studio. They both talked about their techniques and methodology as well as answered questions. Others were welcome to draw or paint from the model and the studio was packed with folks partaking in the demo.

Here are some images from Day 3 of IMC... 

An early morning shot of the downstairs studio... there are a few of us up and working.

A few more have shown up in the digital room. I have to say, the digital room seemed WAY more full this year and I am happy to have had the extra elbow room of the paint studio.

The upstairs studio was the emptiest of all the morning of the Day 3. To be honest, the upstairs paint studio was the least populated of all the studios.

Julie Bell has been hard at work on her painting.

So has Boris Vallejo.

A big sweeping view of the downstairs paint studio from the front. Everyone has shown up and is hard at work.

And a view of the downstairs studio from the back so you can get a feel for it all.

A view of the upstairs painting studio from the door looking in...

...and the view from the back corner looking back toward the door and the rest of the room.

Finally, a better view of the digital studio room with everyone hard at work.

Donato Giancola hard at work on his painting for IMC. He was always answering questions and talking about his process while working.

Painting from a model demo with James Gurney and Dan Dos Santos!

I scored one of Sean Murray's sketchbook on Day 3... made me wish I had thought to bring a stack of my books! If you have not seen Sean's work you should REALLY check it out, SO GOOD!

A sample of the work produced during the painting demo. James Gurney's piece is on the left, Dan Dos Santos is far right, Iain McCaig is the sketchbook in front, and unfortunately I did not see who made the one in the middle.

Sean Murray continued to draw into the night on his awesome and very large drawing...

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here tomorrow for Day 4 coverage! Until then...

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  1. Thank you for these blogs Christopher. I do not think I will ever get the chance to go to IMC. Living in England with not much money made me think there was only a slim chance of going but now I've found out about the illness, it is even less likely. But I can at least see all the great photos and read about all the wonderful work you all did.
    So again, Thank You :-)
    P.S. You are right about Sean Murray - Wonderful...!

    1. Glad to hear you are enjoying the posts, more to come. Happy that I can share my experiences at the IMC. Very sorry to hear about your illness, I am hoping the best for you as you move forward with your treatment.