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Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Greg Manchess, Sam Weber, Michael Whelan, and appear on a panel at moderated by Irene Gallo on Saturday February 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
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Science fiction and fantasy illustration have been thriving for as long as art has existed. A stroll through any major museum features depictions of gods and demons, dreams and nightmares, and speculations on what lies beyond our boundaries from ancient cultures to today. Join us as we talk to five of the genre’s most celebrated artists and discuss their careers, the industry today, and where they see science fiction and fantasy illustration heading.
Donato Giancola mixes science fiction and fantasy themes with classical realism. His work appears on countless books and magazine covers. He is well-known for his ability to bring Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life and, mostly recently, won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for his portrait of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Rebecca Guay’s lyrical work spans the gaming, comic book, and publishing industries. She brings a contemporary voice to her Pre-Raphaelite influences, built on a solid structure of great drawing. In 2012 Rebecca’s A Flight of Angels, appeared on many “best graphic novels of the year” lists. Rebecca also founded the Illustration Master Class and SmArtSchool, both highly sought-after workshops. The Michelson gallery will mount a solo exhibit of her work in September.
Greg Manchess has had his hand in just about every aspect of illustration throughout his 36-year (and counting) career — his work can be seen on book covers, advertising, magazines, US postal stamps, movie posters, and beyond. Greg creates classic narrative images with gutsy brushstrokes that make the viewer delight in the application of paint as much as the themes and stories being depicted.
Sam Weber combines realism with abstract ideas and fractured compositions often more associated with editorial work. His somber palette and impeccable technique creates a sense of unease within its beauty. Sam’s work can be seen throughout mainstream and science fiction publications, including the NY Times and Tor Books. He also hosts the illustration podcast, Your Dreams My Nightmares.
Michael Whelan is arguably one the most well-known science fiction and fantasy illustrators of our time. Reacting against abstraction and pulp cartooning of the 60s’s and 70’s, Whelan brought a clean realism to science fiction, showing us a bright future that seemed possible to walk right into. He has won every major award the field has to offer (often, many times) but in recent years has balanced his illustration commissions with gallery work.
Irene Gallo (moderator) is the creative director for Tor.com and Tor Books.
Society of Illustrators
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The Albin Polasaek Museum brings its fantasy art exhibit to a close by welcoming back one of the few sci-fi pulp artists with an enduring and varied career. Science Fiction Hall of Famer Michael Whelan has brought life to the works of writers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Stephen King with his grotesque and grandiose imagery, and he’ll be offering insights into his technique with a visual presentation at the Winter Park Library on Saturday. Sunday, catch him at the closing reception for “Maidens and Monsters” at the Polasek, where you can see early works such as 1979’s â€˜The Mastermind of Mars’ (pictured).
WHEN: Presentation 11 a.m. Saturday April 17th at the Winter Park Public Library; meet-and-greet and book signing 1-4 p.m. Sunday April 18th at the Albin Polasek Museum
WHERE: Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park; and Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park
COST: Library admission free, Albin Polasek admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, free ages 12 and younger
The Museum of American Illustration is proud to announce an exhibit featuring the top fantastic artists from around the world as seen in the annual Spectrum. Created in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner to showcase fantastic-themed art work, Spectrum is now the leading resource for art directors, art buyers, and fans of the genre. Selected pieces are chosen by top jurors in the field and images are produced in the full color book printed annually.
The Spectrum exhibit features a selection of over 120 works from both legendary artists and talented newcomers from the last four annuals. Divided into seven categories, the exhibit showcases multi-media works including original art in both traditional and digital medium, video, 3D, comics and graphic novels. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale and many more. The artwork will be on display from September 1 through October 17, 2009. In conjunction with the exhibit the Society will hold an Opening Reception on Friday, September 11, 2009. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for members, and are limited. A percentage of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
In conjunction with the SPECTRUM exhibit the Society will host ART OUT LOUD. Saturday, September 12 from 1-5pm. James Gurney, Sam Weber, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, and Gregory Manchess will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum. Refreshments included. $10 students, $20 members, $25 non-members.
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to “the promotion of the art of illustration- past, present and future.” It has over 1,000 members worldwide and is headquartered in an 1875 vintage carriage house in New York’s Upper East Side.
Light the Night is a nationwide two- to three-mile evening fundraising walk. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During this highly visible event participants carry illuminated balloons: white for cancer patients and survivors, red for family, friends and supporters, and gold in memoriam. Participants will “Light the Night” as they walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. For more information about Light the Night, visit www.lightthenight.org/nyc
To join the team or donate money, please visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/nyc/Manhattn09/SocietyofIllustrators.
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