Fantasy Art Workshop’s Illustration Intensive is a five-day workshop for aspiring and professional illustrators who want to take their art to a whole new level in an encouraging and creative environment, all while getting intense instruction from an award-winning faculty with decades of experience in fantasy gaming, video games, editorial, conceptual art, children’s books, and more.
The Illustration Intensive will take place June 17 – 21, 2019, at the picturesque Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We at Fantasy Art Workshop feel that Alverno is the perfect location for this year’s workshop as this fabulous facility is just a 10 minute drive from Mitchell International Airport and features spacious art facilities, catered meals, comfortable dorms, and easy proximity to amenities.
For more details, visit the Illustration Intensive website at: www.fantasyartworkshop.com/workshop/ii2019
ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR:
THOMAS BLACKSHEAR II
Known for his dramatic lighting and sensitivity to mood, Blackshear has produced illustrations for advertising, books, calendars, collector’s plates, greeting cards, magazines, postage stamps and national posters. His clients range from Disney Pictures, George Lucas Studios and Universal Studios to International Wildlife and National Geographic Magazine. Thomas has illustrated 30 United States postage stamps, including four 50th Anniversary Movie Poster Stamps, the Universal Monster Stamps and the Mother Theresa Stamps. He also illustrated a commemorative stamp book entitled “I Have a Dream”. Seventeen of his original paintings from the publication were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and toured the country for eight years.
Mr. Blackshear will be giving presentations, demonstrating his painting techniques, and more during the Intensive. Here’s your chance to meet, and get one-on-one instruction from, one of the most celebrated illustrators of our time.
Learn more about Thomas at: www.thomasblackshearart.com
Howard Lyon began his career studying illustration at Brigham Young University working with artists such as Robert Barrett, Don Seegmiller and James Christensen. Over the past 21 years he has worked in the video game industry as an art director, concept artist, freelance illustrator and gallery artist. For much of his career he painted dragons and trolls or scenes from science fiction. His work can be found in products from Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, Magic: The Gathering, and Star Wars. He has studied art in Italy, Franc,e and most recently at the Grand Central Academy in New York. Howard creates work in the fantasy illustration market, for fine art galleries, as well as religious and inspirational art markets. Howard has a passion for learning and studying the artists of the past and their working methods.
Howard Lyon will be a Guest Faculty member all five days of Illustration Intensive 2019.
Learn more about Howard at: www.howardlyon.com
Mark Nelson is an illustrator, comics artist, and concept artist. He has worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Kitchen Sink Press, IDW Comics, Wizards of the Coast, TSR and more. Mark has also worked for gaming and visual development companies including Raven Software, Big Rooster, Emergence Games, Sega Games and Pure Imagination Studios. Mark is also a former Professor of Art at Northern Illinois University and runs his own publishing company, Grazing Dinosaur Press, with wife Anita nelson, an incredible artist in her own right.
Mark Nelson will be a Guest Faculty member all five days of Illustration Intensive 2019.
Learn more about Mark at: www.grazingdinosaurpress.com
Director of Fantasy Art Workshop and host of its award winning Painting Techniques Videos, along with nearly a hundred art tutorial videos on YouTube and Muddy Colors, Jeff has been a professional illustrator for more than 23 years. He’s worked on brands such as Magic: the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Planescape, Earthdawn, Shadowrun, Vampire, Werewolf: the Apocalypse, Star Wars, Mars Attacks, and more. Jeff has been an Artist Guest of Honor at GenCon, the world’s largest gaming convention, and won numerous awards including a Silver Award in Spectrum: the Best in Fantastic Art.
In addition to his work in the fantasy industry, Jeff earned his stripes doing conceptual toy design, editorial illustrations, video game design, children’s books, and activity books for Scholastic.
Learn more about Jeff at www.jeffmiracola.com
Aaron Miller is an award-winning, world-renowned fantasy artist and illustrator whose richly painted illustrations have graced such brands as Magic: the Gathering, Star Wars, and Dungeons & Dragons. Companies that feature Aaron’s work include Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, Sony Online Entertainment, Mercury Retrograde Press, Catalyst Games, Posthuman Studios, and Alderac Entertainment Group, among others.
Aaron’s oil and digital work has earned numerous accolades and awards. His art was included multiple times in the fantasy art field’s prestigious publication, Spectrum: The Best in Fantastic Art. Aaron was MileHiCon’s 2013 Artist Guest of Honor and Best Color Award Winner. GenCon, the world’s biggest gaming convention, bestowed him with honors two years running: 2013 Best in Show and 2010 Juror’s Choice Award.
Learn more about Aaron at www.aaronbmiller.com
A native to Cleveland, Ohio’s eastside and a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Steve Prescott has been a freelance artist in the gaming industry since the mid 90’s, working on products from such companies as White Wolf Games, FASA, Paizo, Blizzard, Copenhagen Creators, Hasbro, Animal Planet, and most notably for Wizards of the Coast where he has contributed heavily to both Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering.
Steve won “Best-in-Show” at the 2007 GenCon, published a book of drawings in 2009 called AGGREGATE,and then another called Steve Prescott’s Alphabet Book of Mythological Beings in 2016, has had work in multiple Spectrum: The Best in Fantastic Art annual publications, did all the illustration work for the app game SoulSpark, has done concept design work for D&D, Magic: the Gathering, Hasbro, Bethesda, Valve, and even worked on pre-production creature designs for the My Little Pony movie (yes, you read that right). Somehow in there, he finds time to hastily draw a cartoon to put in his daughter’s lunch every day.
Learn more about Steve at www.rottface.com
JESZIKA LE VYE
Jeszika Le Vye is an imaginative realist painter whose work uses natural imagery to explore philosophical and psychological themes. She often explores the inner landscape of the character in her paintings, the unconscious mind, history, and choices of the individual to manifest their reality – their infinite potential for greatness or self-destruction – the figures who create their own realities for better or worse.
She is hard at work creating her own series of books, “From Dark Expanse, the Stars” a series of illustrated stories themed around Egyptian Mythology. For these books, she has been working through all the varied, often contradictory myths that spanned thousands of years, and weaving a narrative that explores the different archetypes and themes the different figures represent, while also trying to breathe new life into the characters and make them feel more three dimensional.
Learn more about Jeszika at www.jeszika.com
Tony Moy is a mixed media artist who focuses on watercolor and gouache. He has published art in books including the X-files, Dungeons and Dragons, Tome I & II, and Memory Collectors among others. In addition, Tony has over 10 years of teaching experience and currently teaches illustration and design at the School of the Art Institute. His inspiration comes from studying traditional and classic watercolorists combined with the modern influences of pop culture comics, anime, and fantasy. Tony lives in downtown Chicago.
Learn more about Tony at www.tonymoy.art
MELISSA SUE STANLEY
Melissa Sue Stanley has spent most of her life in the small towns of northern Illinois, surrounded by lightning bugs, creek-beds, and dandelions. She began studying drawing and painting as a teenager at local art leagues and figure drawing workshops, and continues this practice today. Her work is collected internationally and has been exhibited in galleries across the US.
Melissa draws her inspiration from life and experience in the Midwest. Memories of cicadas, storms, and endless fields are captured in mixed-media pieces that use all the tools in her studio. She also uses her work to explore themes of quiet magic and mystery – from bright garden kitchen-witchery to dark creatures lurking in the deep. All together, Melissa’s work is building a larger narrative about living a fantastical life in the modern world.
Melissa lives and works with her partner, Max Bare, in Chicago, IL. Together they create comic books and murals, go for long walks with Rocko the wonderdog, and host the Chicago Drink & Draw Social Club.
Learn more about Melissa at www.melissasuestanley.net
Art Director Guest of Honor to be announced soon.