Guide to Picture Making

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*SterlingHundley illustrates in Richmond, Virginia and is currently represented by Richard Solomon Artist Representative in New York City. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is one of five core instructors at the Illustration Academy, which is held on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design, in Sarasota, Florida. For a three year period, from 2006- 2008, Sterling was the most highly awarded illustrator in the United States.

*AnitaKunz has recently been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour by her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada. She has recently received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario college of Art and Design in Toronto. Anita has lived in London, New York and Toronto, contributing to magazines and working for design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies in Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France and England. Her clients include Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others. Anita has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.

*CFPayne graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a BFA. Early in his career, he attended the first Illustrators Workshop, which had a significant influence on his work. He worked in illustration studios in Akron, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois for several years. In 1980, he began his career as a freelance illustrator, and has developed an impressive client list, including Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, GQ, National Geographic, Spy, NFL, U.S. Postal Service, and others. His awards include gold and silver medals, as well as the Gold Funny Bone from the New York Society of Illustrators, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Communication Arts, and Print Magazine. He has taught at East Texas State University and Miami University of Ohio. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Paula, and their sons Trevor and Evan.

*GaryKelley received his degree in art from the University of Northern Iowa, began his career as a graphic designer and art director before becoming an illustrator in the mid-1970's. He has received awards from the New York Society of Illustrators including the Hamilton King Award in 1992, National Booksellers Association, Print Magazine, New York Art Directors Show, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators,Bologna (Italy) Book Fair, and others. His clients include NewYorker Magazine, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Franklin Library, CBS Records, NFL, Santa Fe Opera, and many major publishers and advertising agencies.

Problem-solving before picking up your pencil!

In these educational shorts, *SterlingHundley shares his insights on the idea stage of creating your image - learn how to use thumbnails, sketches, and vocabulary while planning your project!

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Picture development from start to finish.

In these Premium Content videos, watch some of The Art Department's top illustrators share their picture making process, and offer insight into developing your own artistic ventures.

Gary Kelley: Book Process

Have you ever thought about how a picture book gets designed? Who designs the images; who figures out the pacing of the images; who decides what text goes on what page, and with which image? All of these questions and many more are answered by the most awarded artist in the Society of Illustrators, Gary Kelley. Storytelling doesn't get explained better than this.

2-Part Series | 1200 Points each

Gary Kelley: Picture Composing

Recorded live at The Illustration Academy in front of dozens of students, Gary demonstrates how to compose pictures using layers of tracing paper. (The demo was projected on the wall behind him). He calls this technique "analog Photoshop" because he is using the thinness of the tracing paper to see the images of the different components on the lower layers. Experimenting with sizes of objects and placements, the tracing paper allows Gary to move things around and see many different versions of the composition in seconds.

3-Part Series | 700 Points each

Chris Payne: Caricature

Chris is exceptionally good at explaining things. His video series will help you understand so many different aspects of picture making. He discusses everything from using found images for reference, to copyright issues, to mixing several different media into one image. Chris is the king of multi-media image making, a technique he first learned when he was Mark English's student at a workshop.

9-Part Series | 200 Points each

Anita Kunz: Picture Making

Anita the beginning! The VERY beginning! She explains the process of starting a job with an art director, and ends with a final painting, plus all the important steps in between. This video is practically a complete course in editorial illustration! You won't believe what one of her actual sketches is drawn on. She has done work for every major editorial client you can name; national and international.

7-Part Series | 300 Points each

Sterling Hundley: Process

Sterling gives tons of information about "ideation".....the process of deriving ideas from diverse sources that culminate in words, word lists, thumbnails, sketches, etc., until he arrives at his final idea and sketches for the image. He then talks about what materials he will use, and why the different materials will work together as a multi-media process. Watching him draw the image on the illustration board is amazing! Lots of really tight close-ups while he is drawing gets you in-tune and personal with this process.

4-Part Series | 700 Points each

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