IMC 2013 - Day Two

Most of today was spent taking reference photos for our paintings.  Yesterday in my critique group, Julie Bell told me that I needed to stop making thumbnails (since I had a good one) and go straight to the photoshoot, because I had a complicated pose that couldn't really be conceptualized without reference photos. The students and faculty here are wonderful about posing for references.   I posed for three valkyries, two Daeneryses, and one Titania.  (Norse stuff, Game of Thrones, and A Midsummer Night's Dream are all among this year's illustration assignments.)

I found two amazing models for Thor and Loki! We shot the photos outside because the sky was nicely overcast, what Dan Dos Santos called "perfect Bouguereau lighting," which is exactly what I want for this painting.

I associate Bouguereau with soft, graceful paintings of angels, children, and Madonnas.  However, on a Google search for more of his art, I found this:

Bouguereau_Infero

Look at the muscles! This is a scene from Dante's Inferno.  Dante and Virgil are standing in the background, watching.

Now that I have my photo references, back to sketching.

Summer Ink

This is an illustration for Half-Past Summer, a trio of fantasy short-stories for children (and child-like grownups).  I haven't done much with ink before, but I really like it.  One of the things Dan Dos Santos hammered into my head during the IMC was the importance of value studies.  Working with ink and silhouettes forces me to think in nothing BUT values.

Half-Past Summer will be available on Kindle at the beginning of August.

IMC Day 5

Today James Gurney gave two lectures on Composition & Worldbuilding, and Color & Light.  (He signed my copy of Dinotopia!) Then he and Dan Dos Santos gave a painting demonstration with a live model:

Same subject, very different styles and colors.

And Donato Giancola worked on his painting of Gandalf and Frodo at Bag End:

I started painting Spring vs Winter. The value studies turned out to be very helpful, but since I'm not used to translating black and white to color, I've been using the black/white filter on my camera to check my references and my painting, making sure that things are dark or bright enough.

Skulls! I've never painted them before.