Updated: April 4, 2018

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FANTASY ILLUSTRATOR: Tom Kidd

"Shane White" "Gnemo" "The Process" "Tom Kidd" "Fantasy Art" "Fantasy Illustrator" "Artist Profiles" Artist" "Documentary"

A few years ago I had the pleasure of hanging out with fantasy illustrator TOM KIDD. We had been a part of an online art group that had recently shut down but we still kept in touch years afterward. On a visit back to the east coast he invited me to spend the day with him to record an audio conversation. To both my interest and surprise he’d invited another fellow illustrator who I’d never heard of before named, ABE ECCHEVERIA.

"Shane White" "Gnemo" "The Process" "Tom Kidd" "Fantasy Art" "Fantasy Illustrator" "Artist Profiles" Artist" "Documentary"

Tom Kidd and his alter ego GNEMO have been providing illustration work since the early 80s. Inspired by the Beaux Arts movement and Parisian architecture his imaginative worlds are filled to the brim with airships, statuary and scenes both traditionally science-fiction and completely his own. What I like about Tom’s work is that it is fearless in its lighting and detail. His sweeping color palettes and his attack on any subject. His work strikes me as someone who is both inquisitive and restless, wanting to explore and make pioneering discoveries by tearing down the veil of our reality. His are the paintings I craved as a kid–something that you could get lost in and were filled with countless stories.

Tom has several collections of his works in books like KIDDOGRAPHY: The Art & Life of Tom Kidd, and Otherworlds: How to Imagine and Create Epic Scenes of Fantasy. Both of these books are featured in the video and are well-worth purchasing.

"Shane White" "Gnemo" "The Process" "Tom Kidd" "Fantasy Art" "Fantasy Illustrator" "Artist Profiles" Artist" "Documentary"

Because we spent much of time riffing off each other and talking about dozens of artists, I felt compelled to create a video version of this audio interview. The undertaking was immense. I had no idea how many resources I would need to collect to fill ups part 1 and 2. In fact, I would keep in mind that these audio pieces on their own work fine. The video, just adds context…a lot of context. Also included is another part of the interview which was recorded back at his studio in Connecticut. And of course…a few outtakes which didn’t fit anywhere else. All told…to give you some idea, for a roughly 2.5 hours of interview I’ve put about 60 hours worth of work into these pieces. It was both for my own edification as well as to hand-craft something special. As slow as some of the Ken Burns’ style stuff is, keep in mind it’s primarily to be played while you’re working on something else.

[My fellow artists will totally get this. 🙂 Respect!]

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Outtakes

Thanks for watching (PART ONE & PART TWO) and listening!

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PAINTER: Henry Stinson

"Shane White" "Henry Stinson" "Painter" "Instructor" "Teacher"

I started working with Henry Stinson when I first moved to Seattle. I was introduced to him by another fantastic artist, Joe Kresoja. He had a studio up on 10th and Pike where he ran the Northwest Artist School in this old second floor automotive shop. The studio was inspiring as hell with decades of paint on every timber and floorboard just worn away and cracking with time.

"Henry Stinson" "Shane White" "Painting Demo" "Eye" "Russian Impressionism"

What set my eyes alight was Henry’s sense of color. It just blew my retinas out the back of my head. The harmonies were like powerchords and the style in which it was painted like punk rock. Through Henry, I’d quickly learn about the Russian Impressionists, like Fechin, Bongart, Levitan and the Tkachev Brothers. Even Dean Cornwell was introduced to me which made my mind push Leyendecker and Rockwell off the table so I could get a good look at the power of negative space and vignettes. There was an immediacy to this school of painting and I wanted in.

"Henry Stinson" "Shane White" "Painting Demo" "Russian Impressionism"

I quickly signed up to study. This was right off the bat humbling and nourishing at the same time. I knew I’d better step up my game or I’d never fully develop as an artist. Making this step was easily the best move for my career as an artist. But it didn’t last, he decided along with his equally talented wife to move to Arizona. Boy…did that hurt. I’d gotten a taste of the real deal, the stuff you don’t get in most schools and now the cup was disintegrating. Why, you may ask? Give Henry ten minutes of your time and you’ll see why.

Outside of Henry’s ability to paint, is rarer still, his gift to teach. And I mean, he can teach anyone with even the slightest inclination to learn. His methods are direct, simple and well-grounded. As if he’d had every experience the student was having at that moment. But he was there to show you the light. To help you quick-step over pitfalls and to get you to a place of confident painting…if only to throw another curve ball for you to keep you thinking.

"Henry Stinson" "Shane White" "Painting Demo" "Nude" "Female" "Figure" "Russian Impressionism"

A few years back I’d lost my job and was at a sort of crossroads in my life. I’d just purchased a house with my then girlfriend (who would end up marrying me). I called Henry and probably lamented about not having anything to show for a decades worth of work in videogames. I felt like I needed a soul injection, something to light my fire and kick my ass at the same time. That’s when Henry offered to have me study with him for a solid month in March of 2004. I spent the next month stretching canvasses and stocking up on supplies. I hit the ground running and painted 12 hours a day, for the next four weeks, using his studio a good bit of the time. I’d paint in the morning, he’d start work at 1pm and I’d come back to study with him in the late afternoon into evening. It’s just what I needed and it righted my sense of color, values, harmony, brushwork and just plain seeing.

I took another class years later Outdoor Figure Painting in Mt. Vernon. Very tough…very elusive but again an excellent experience. He had a new disciple with him this time,  who was just as rabid as I was at his age. All three of us would go out after the workshop and paint until the sun set. It was like Big Wednesday only with palettes instead of surfboards.

And just recently, like clockwork, my hunger began to rumble. I took a workshop from him up on Whidbey Island about an hour and half outside of Seattle. Luckily I was able to film this demo he gave on the last day I was there. The weather was a mix of lightning, rain and sunshine…definitely northwest. But he persevered to do his best barring the last 20 minutes of the 2 hours when it started to downpour. Oil and water may not mix but a drowned model does not make for a good painting.

Anyway, enjoy…and if you can, spread the word. He’s been flying under the radar for far too long.

 

 

You can also follow him on FACEBOOK!

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COMIC ARTIST: Corenthal J. Walker

"Cory Walker" "Scatchblag" "Artist Profiles" "The Process"

If you’re into comics you may know the name.

If you’re not into comics his work is definitely worth a look. His skill is so refined I would love to know what Alex Toth would have said about his work. As you may well know he was the master of distilling art and storytelling down to it’s essential elements. And while there are many who are directly influenced by Toth and Sickles few put their own imprint on it as to be removed enough to call it their own. I think Cory Walker is one of those guys.

His art on SUPER PATRIOT and DESTROYER with Robert Kirkman I think are some of my favorite works of his.  What’s crazy is he’s done so little work. That’s why after a few minutes of downloading little sketches from his blog I kind of went “a little” out of my mind and decided it would never be enough. I have a lot to learn from this guy and I want it all in one place. Hopefully you take the time to seek out his work. In the meantime you can download a higher res version here by RIGHT-CLICKING and saving: http://tinyurl.com/7e5d9h7
Or if you want to check out his blog (blag): http://www.corenthal.blogspot.com/ It’s definitely worth it.

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Interview: Seattle Times

 

During one of the Emerald City Comic Conventions I was interviewed by the local paper. It was fun being a part of a special interest story.

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Backroom Podcast Interview

I sat down with the guys of BACKROOM PODCAST at the JET CITY COMIC SHOW 2010 and talked a little bit about what it is I’ve done and continue to do.

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