Illustration Master Class began its first full day yesterday in Amherst, Massachusetts. Eighty-two students from as far away as Australia, England, and Calgary, Alberta assembled in the red-brick building called Fayerweather Hall on the college campus.
The faculty consisted of, from left to right, Dan Dos Santos, Donato Giancola, Irene Gallo, Greg Manchess, Scott Fischer, Me (with Jeanette), Rebecca Guay, Jeremy Jarvis, as well as Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (not shown).
Students prepared preliminary drawings based on the themes of Joan of Arc, Beauty and the Beast, Warrior Priest, Jet-Cycle Getaway, Paranormal Romance, and Frost Titan.
From about 11:00 in the morning until 11:00 at night, faculty and students divided into two large classrooms, with the sketches posted on a large wall. We went through each of the drawings to suggest ways of improving the compositions, usually using tracing paper overlays.
We had brief breaks for meals and for presentations on art materials safety and how to shoot photo reference from models.
Illustration Master Class