Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Learning Live

-By Donato

Next weekend will find me and a host of other artists at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan for Art Out Loud 10, a live painting demonstration to entertain and educate the 50 odd attendees who can make the trip.  I will humbly be sharing the stage and trying to hold my own with the highly talented Wayne Barlowe and Greg Manchess.

It has been 6 years since I was last at the Society for one of these events, and I am looking forward to connecting to another generation of painters and taking a few glimpses over my shoulder at what Wayne and Greg may have to share!

Looking back at my artistic development, the chance to watch other artists at work has provided me with insights and knowledge which no textbook, how-to-step by step, or even videos have been able to provide.  The subtle choices each artist makes is laid bare, and you as a participant, get to absorb it like a sponge.  All of it.  Even the parts you don't realize you need or thought relevant.

For it is not until later that some minor decision, some little gesture, some handling of a tool or medium which you took in first hand, will come back to you and help inform your own artistic development.  I speak of this for the live drawing and painting 'demos' I have been exposed to have left deep impression on my work - Jerome Witkin and his draftsmanship work with anatomy, Vincent Desiderio and his layering of glazes and precision of paint application in his initial block ins, Darrel Sweet and his gestural flips of the brush.

Tickets are now available for this event.  If you cannot make it, then I recommend that if you do watch 'how-to' videos, seek those where you can see the hand of the artist at work, not just their effects. Take in their full body language and tune into their pacing and pauses.  How much are they observing their references?  Planing a stroke of color? Blending on their palette? Contemplating compositional choices? There is so much to learn in those quiet moments in between the mark making...

Art Out Loud 10
Saturday, July 8
12:00 - 4:00PM

Society of Illustrators
128 E. 63rd Sreet
NY, NY, 10021

Top fantastic illustrators will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum. 
Featuring artists Wayne Barlowe, Donato Giancola & Greg Manchess!

Plus! Have your portfolios reviewed by renowned art directors Irene Gallo (Associate Publisher, Creative Director, Tor Books) and Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director, Orbit Books/ Yen Press). 15 minutes reviews. Reservations required.
Photos from Art Out Loud 2011.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Downloads Available!

This month's download is an "Introduction to Mixed Media, with Dan dos Santos" and is available to download right now!

In this 3 hour demonstration, Dan dos Santos discusses and shows how to implement a wide variety of mediums, including pencil, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, markers, fluid acrylics, airbrush and oil paints... all in a single painting.

Want this video? There are two ways to get it...

Anybody who is currently a $10+ Muddy Colors Patron, or signs up at the $10 donation level before the end of June, will receive this video free with their donation! You can sign-up for our Patreon here:

Or, if Patreon isn't really your thing, we get it. You can still purchase this download through our Gumroad store at the regular retail price of $20 right here:

Be sure to check out the trailer below to get a taste of what's in store for you:

Detail of Final Painting, "Jean Grey" by Dan dos Santos

Also, new to our Gumroad store is Greg Ruth's recent demo "A Portrait in Pencil". You can find this video, and all of our other instructional videos, in our Muddy Colors Video Shop:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Two—Count 'em, TWO!—Ray Harryhausen Exhibitions!

-By Arnie Fenner

We're all agreed that the late Ray Harryhausen was a legend in the special effects industry, right? And that his movies—whether The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, 20 Million Miles to Earth, Jason and the Argonauts, or The 7th Voyage of Sinbad—helped influence many of us to become artists of one sort or another? Ok, with that established: if you're traveling this summer there are two exhibits of Ray's work you'll definitely want to see if you get the chance.

If you're in London you can attend "The Art of Ray Harryhausen" at the Tate Britain Museum, which will run June 26 through November 19. Ray's drawings and stop-motion models will be matched with some of his influences, including works by Gustave Doré and John Martin.

The second exhibition is "Ray Harryhausen—Mythical Menagerie" hosted by Science Museum Oklahoma (in Oklahoma City, OK, of course), which will open on Juky 29. This show will include 150 models, bronzes, illustrations, and storyboards from throughout Ray's career. It closes on December 3, so there will be plenty of time to make the trip.

Both shows are made possible by the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

And since we're talking about Ray about some clips and interviews?