Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shows: The INCREDIBLE Illuxcon 7, September 17th-21st!

Illuxcon 7
September 17th-21st, 2014
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Illuxcon 7!  The BEST fantasy art show convention on the East Coast, Illuxcon is happening in just one month!  Each part of the show is packed with PHENOMENAL talent!  So if you LOVE fantasy art make sure you check out Illuxcon 7!

Here is a list of the artists I'm most excited to see from each section (Main Show, Weekend Salon and Showcase).  Be sure to check out the AWESOME artists and Illuxcon 7! 

Main Show Artists

 Thomas Kuebler

Jeff Easley

Justin Gerard

Erik M. Gist

Chris Rahn

Julie Bell

Weekend Salon Artists

Sean Andrew Murray

Mike Sass

Raoul Vitale

Showcase Artists

Wylie Beckert

Christopher Burdett

Monday, August 18, 2014

Interview: 10 Questions With The FANTASTIC Mac Smith!

Mac Smith
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10 Questions Interview with Mac Smith

1.... what medium and tools do you use to create art?

Photoshop mostly, using a Cintiq. I still sketch on paper, but rarely paint these days. I might get back into it soon.

2.... can you describe your creative process when making art?

It varies quite a bit. I generally start with a very rough sketch, then start working with form as soon as possible, mainly concentrating on lighting and mood. I'll do a tighter drawing to work out more complex areas. I also try to jump into color as quick as I can.

3.... what helps boost your creativity?

Getting enough sleep is a big one. If my brain isn't working due to lack of sleep I am useless.

4.... what helps you maintain focus and motivation when creating?

Caffeine and music! I usually have to force myself to stop goofing around on the internet.

5.... what is the secret to creating a great piece of art?

I'll let you know when I find out! I dunno. For me, its focusing on what the piece is trying to communicate, and discarding or downplaying the rest. Adding needless detail or trying to do too much with one image is usually a disaster for me.

6.... do you feel its important to follow your passion in your career?

Oh yeah. I have to work on stuff I'm passionate about, or the spark won't be there. I've tried it before. I'm just not very good at stuff I don't like. Also, avoid trends. By the time they become trends, its already too late to jump on the bandwagon. You won't stand out, and you won't be as good as the guy who originated it anyway, so don't waste your time.

7.... how and when do you get your best ideas?

Usually later in the day. I'm a night owl. If nothing comes up, walking my dog usually helps.

8.... who are your favorite artists?

Brian Froud and Jim Henson (obviously :) ), Mike Mignola, Paul Bonner, filmmakers like Terry Gilliam or Charlie Kaufman, and a thousand others.

9.... do you offer workshops for artists?

Not yet, but I may do one soon. I have a few time lapse vids on Youtube, but nothing very thorough.

10.... if you could give other artists one piece of advice what would it be?

Expand your horizons. If you have the same five influences as everyone else, chances are you won't produce anything very interesting, no matter how much you have the fundamentals down. We've all seen Star Wars and Alien. Do something else.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Awesome Artists: Mac Smith's AMAZING "Dark Crystal" Artwork!

Mac Smith
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Mac Smith!  I recently came across a INCREDIBLE series of artwork based on the CLASSIC film "Dark Crystal" by illustrator Mac Smith!  Be sure to check them out and his site for more INCREDIBLE art!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Great Stuff: Phil Postma's RADICAL Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Character Art!

Phil Postma
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I'm a BIG fan of the animation character designs of Phil Postma!  So what better way to celebrate the new Ninja Turtles 2014 movie than with some great character designs from Phil Postma!

Be sure to check out Phil Postma's blog for more AWESOME character designs for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Krang!  SO AWESOME!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Awesome Artists: Olly Moss!

Olly Moss
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Olly Moss!  AWESOME illustation and character designs!  Be sure to check out the GREAT art of Olly Moss!

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Art: Mondo's AMAZING 2014 Movie Poster Art! Part 2

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Here is part 2 of the AMAZING 2014 poster art from Mondo!  Mondo works with the BEST artists in the world and 2014 is another AMAZING year for Mondo and the movie poster art genre!  Be sure to check out their site to see all the newest AMAZING movie poster art of 2014 from Mondo!

Tyler Stout

Francesco Francavilla

Laurent Durieux

Olly Moss

Ken Taylor

Martin Ansin