Archive for March, 2011

Douglas Klauba “A Favorite Artist”

March 28, 2011

This is a special “Favorite Artist” segment. Douglas Klauba is a fellow alumnus from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and art friend.

Doug’s work is very creative, inspiring and mind-blowing. When you see it you just shake your head in wonder of how he created that piece. His work is all done traditionally; in fact, his painting method is so intense and clean that it almost looks impossible for him to pull off so much detail, textures, and transparent effects, that it looked like he would have needed to retouch it in the computer to add finishing touches to his paintings. He just has an amazing eye and a great touch with the brush that works for him and his style.

I was also content to finally see him grace the pages of  Imagine Fx magazine(issue 65); as I feel people need to be aware of his exceptional contributions to the Fantasy-Sci-Fi, Illustration, Comic Book, and conceptual work along with any other elites in the field.

More on Douglas Klauba:

As a kid growing up in Chicago, Doug collected illustrated paperback covers, printed his own comic books and made movies with friends. His creative impulses lead him to a serious interest in painting, and he went on to graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1985. After gaining valuable professional experience by working at several downtown illustration studios, Doug moved to California to study at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

Upon returning to Chicago, Doug established his own studio where his illustrations have been commissioned for posters, advertising, book covers, magazines, corporate communications, calendars and collector plates by various national and international agencies and design firms. His work has been recognized for its heroic-deco style that includes influences of WPA murals and Art Nouveau design.

Website & Blog:

http://www.douglasklauba.com

 

 

 

 

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Ian McCaig “A Favorite Artist”

March 20, 2011

I was extremely inspired by Ian McCaig when I saw him on the panel at Gnomon Live in the summer of  ’08. McCaig has been working in the entertainment industry as an artist of many hats; cconcept designer, illustrator, animator, and screenwriter. I purchased his DVD training tutorial titled, “Visual Storytelling with Ian McCaig” What’s unique about this title is the many dimension in which he breaks down the fundamentals of drawing and storyboarding.

In Vol.1 he explains while simultaneously tells and draws out the Anatomy of a story. It’s really amazing how he wings a story, explains the basics, of story telling, and able to draw it as fast as he’s telling it. Very nice details are in the drawings as well. Once he’s finished sketching and telling the story, he show’s you his painting process.

I highly recommend getting this DVD.(There are 4 volumes to complete the set)

Other notes on Ian McCaig:

Iain is an internationally recognized and award winning artist and one
of the motion picture industry’s leading conceptual designers. His exceptional command of human anatomy, character, emotional expression and visual narrative make him on of the most sought after artists working in the entertainment industry today. He has worked for Lucasfilm as one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episode One—The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode Two—Attack of the Clones, and: Star Wars Episode Three—Revenge of the Sith. His work includes the landmark designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. His other film credits include: James Cameron’s ‘Terminator II’, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Hook’, Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Dracula’, Neil Jordan’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’, Sony/Revolution/Universal’s ‘Peter Pan’, and Warner Brothers’‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. He is also Co-Producer and Concept Design Director on Ascendant Pictures’ science-fiction epic: ‘Outlander’

Also, check out his latest book:  Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig

http://iainmccaig.blogspot.com/p/inspiration.html
http://www.amazon.com/Shadowline-Art-Iain-McCaig/dp/1933784245/ref=reg_hu-rd_dp_img_T2
 http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/store/product/157/Visual-Storytelling-with-Iain-mccaig-Vol.1