April 10, 2009

A Wicked History: Julius DEASer

Today we bring you the last post in this week's series of illustrators as the wicked and conquering by Mark Summers. This entry belongs to Michael Deas, an illustrator whose client list (er... conquests!) would make old Julius proud.

If you'd like to see more of the lovingly illustrated covers by Mr. Summers, check them out at Amazon.com. Some are still in the works but will be on the shelves soon.


April 9, 2009

A Wicked History: Alexander the Great Scott Brundage

Five similarities between illustrator Scott Brundage and Alexander the Great:

  • Alexander studied with Aristotle just as Scott Brundage studied with Burt Silverman.

  • Alexander was rumored to have been the son of Zeus, who liked to play with lightening. Scott's father is an electrician.

  • They both enjoy(ed) olive oil, wine, and public bathing.

  • Both were fondly nicknamed, numerous times, using such names as "The two horned one" and "Lord Bryn".

  • Alexander was constantly surrounded by Greek soldiers. Scott lives in Astoria Queens.

Alexander the Great Scott by Mark Summers, Art Director Marie O'Neill at Scholastic.


April 8, 2009

A Wicked History: Manchess as Pizarro

Once upon a time a young bastard named Francisco Pizarro grew up to be an explorer. Somewhere along the way he managed to conquer the Incan Empire, mainly due to the fact that no Inca warrior could in good conscience hit a man in ruffles.

Historical facts aside, here is the man as modeled by a decidedly gentler Gregory Manchess. Although, I have been on the receiving end of this look before. All I'm saying is, don't even so much as joke with the man that Thomas Kinkaid is your favorite painter. You've been warned.


April 7, 2009

Tim Bower: When All You Have Left is Your Pride…

Check out the Science Times today to see a painfully topical illustration by Tim Bower: When All You Have Left is Your Pride….


A Wicked History: Peter de Sève as Sir Francis Drake

Today in the Mark Summers series of generally behind-the-scenes illustrators who willingly morphed themselves into wicked(ly attractive) cover models, we bring you Peter de Sève.

Peter plays Elizabethan Pirate Sir Francis Drake (Who, like Peter, was known to the Spanish as "El Draque" or "The Dragon").

Because of this unfortunate pet name, I was too scared to call Peter to see if he had the original sketch. And apparently Mark Summers chucked that sucker first chance he got. Sorry folks. But the finish is pretty mischievous, no?


April 6, 2009

A Wicked History: James Bennett as Hannibal

Mark Summers has been working diligently over the last several years on the "A Wicked History" series of book covers for Art Director Marie O'Neill at Scholastic. Each cover features a different personality from history, in this case, the Carthaginian General Hannibal.

In an effort to increase his own engagement with the characters and pump a little personality into the long dead villains, Mark decided to use his own friends and fellow illustrators as models for the series.

Here for your amusement is James Bennett as Hannibal. You might see the real Bennett with a red-stained paintbrush in his hand instead of a sword, but other than that... spot on! Nice breastplate.


April 2, 2009

Scottie does Dallas: Conceptart's Reverie

I've only recently acquainted myself with conceptart.org and really didn't know what I was getting into by attending Reverie. My buddy, Greg Manchess, made it sound like some sort of art orgy. Which makes me wonder how many orgies he's been to.

Irene Gallo, Manchess, Bryan Beus
(not pictured: orgy)
My travelmate, Bryan, and I met up with Irene and Greg before heading to the Reverie venue. Irene informed me about how Kindle and Kindle-like products will eventually be your ipod and book library. We had an earlier discussion about the possibility of reading children's books to kids off a Kindle, which I thought was preposterous. Irene told me it was very posterous. To the point that your child's book will record you reading it to him or her, so he or she can look at its digital pages and hear you narrating. Holy year 2000!

Then we hit the kick off party. Wowo. 7 open bars, 12 screens projecting digital paintings in progress, 3 djs, Android Jones projecting artwork onto a dancer, and models coming up to pose left and right.

No biggie.

Behind this group of artists was a dancefloor. And more nude models. Not sure if Bryan approved. Should be an interesting couple days.

Instead of trying to recall exactly what I absorbed, I'll list some highlights of the last three days of Reverie...
-learning an impromptu lesson in how to use a Wacom tablet and CS3 to draw from life. Thank you, Dustin Darnault, for some tips.-Hangin out with a Greg, Irene, and Dakota, the red-tailed hawk, in a hotel room
-Watching Greg paint a full painting over 7 hours or so-Dinner with Ringling grads Dustin Darnault, Adam Volker, Erin Maguire, and... two more that I forgot names of (sorry). Ringling has a tradition of staggeringly beautiful sketchbooks. Take a gander at their blogs for proof.
-Character design demo/photoshop how-to by Bobby Chiu
There I am lookin pensive.
-Multitudes of lectures ranging from Winsor McCay's narrative style to how to create a contract to keep a movie studio from robbing you.
-7 or 8 artist "Thunderdome." For those who don't know, that means a competition where the artists create a piece on a theme and one wins. This theme was on hope in the midst of genocide generated by demand for materials in Africa that are used to create our ipods, cell phones and electronics. The artists were given an hour... ridiculous what they can pump out in an hour.
....And here are some sketchbook pages from the event, one of which is a Manchess cameo.