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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Illustration Master Class 2009

Last week I attended the 2009 Illustration Master Class in Amherst Massachusetts.  The faculty included the amazing talent of Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Greg Manchess, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Irene Gallo, Scott Fischer and Dan DosSantos along with guest appearances from Michael Whelan and Jon Foster, among others.  

Donato Giancola elaborating on the finer points of galaxies

Dan Dos Santos showing some mad skillz.

Michael Whelan about to go to work

Charles Vess showing us how to do magic tricks with paint

It was a very intense week of lectures, demonstrations and projects with the faculty working very closely with each student to give very personalized guidance. It was a highly rewarding week and I cannot thank the faculty enough for so generously giving their time and efforts to the students. I learned a great deal from the course and I will be posting some of the work I did there in the coming days. It felt like going to Hogwarts where all the professors are literally teaching the students how to do magic.  

And in case you were not yet convinced. FLYING MONKEYS.  

For more images Irene Gallo's Flickr pages for a look at the mayhem. They have a great overview of the whole week as well as images of Greg Manchess being awesome, Fantastic art in progress and myself in a fight to the death with Allen Williams.
And for the run-down of the event she has also posted a number of entries on her blog.  If you are interested at all in possibly signing up for the event in 2010 you should check it out.


  1. There is an illustration masters class in AMHERST? What! I grew up right near there! (Live in CA now tho.) I am definitely gonna try to go next year! How do I sign up?

  2. This looks awesome! A lot of talented artists+ phenomenal instructors (i.e. Greg Manchess). What a way to spend a week!

  3. Agreed. I would like to be able to go to one of these masters workshops. Do you have to be invited or are there prerequisites or do you just need cash??? That much talent in one room. It be stupid not to go and try to learn from the people there....

  4. Agreed is this master's class open to the public? or do you have to be invited or have a bachelour's or what are the prerequisites? I live in VA and if i had the opporunity to learn something from these people i would love some more info? is there a website or link that you could give with more details about it?

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