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 22 – 26, 2020, 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, and easy proximity to amenities.
ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR:
Canadian by birth, Anita Kunz has lived in London, New York, and Toronto, and has been widely published in countries such as Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Portugal, France, and England. Her work has been seen in Time magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing, and many others.
Anita frequently teaches workshops and gives lectures at universities and institutions internationally including the Smithsonian and the Corcoran in Washington, DC. Her summer workshops have been conducted at the Illustration Academy in Sarasota, Florida, and at the Masters of Art degree program at Syracuse University. She has been honored with many prestigious awards and medals and her critically acclaimed paintings. Her sculptures have appeared in galleries worldwide, including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts and the Teatrio Cultural Association in Rome, Italy. Her works are in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the McCord Museum in Montreal, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. A number of her Time magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
In 2004, she served as chair for the Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration annual exhibit and she has most recently served as chair of the Museum Committee there. In 1997, she received the Les Usherwood Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advertising and Design Club of Canada. Anita has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper. She has received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and a second from MassArt College of Art and Design. She has been appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor, and recently received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal of Honor. She was inducted in the Museum of American Illustration Hall of Fame in New York in 2017. In 2018, Canada Post released a postage stamp honoring her work as a Canadian illustrator and artist.
Learn more about Anita at: http://www.anitakunz.com
ART DIRECTOR GUEST OF HONOR:
Kate Irwin has worked as an art director at Wizards of the Coast for nearly 19 years. She is currently the Senior Art Director for the fantasy role-playing game (RPG) Dungeons & Dragons.
Learn more about Dungeons & Dragons at: https://dnd.wizards.com/
Iris Compiet is a traditional artist and Illustrator from the Netherlands. At the age of seven she knew exactly what she wanted to do when she grew up… paint and draw fantastical beings. She enjoys working on projects ranging from picture books to gallery art, concept art, and even sculpting.
Storytelling is an essential part of her artwork, and, as an artist, she strives to lure in the spectator, to make them feel a connection to her work and open a gateway to their imagination to ignite it even further. Iris created a world called Faeries of the Faultlines, a book that was successfully funded through Kickstarter.
Drawing inspiration from European folklore, mythology, fairytales, ghost stories, and anything from tombstones, Victorian photography to popular movies and music, Iris explores the depths of darkness to find the light.
Learn more about Iris at: https://www.eyeris.eu
Ryan Pancoast is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, the Art Renewal Center International Salon, Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and Infected by Art. He won Silver in the Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor category in Infected by Art Vol.7 and was nominated for a Chesley Award in 2017. Ryan’s work ranges from traditional illustration to high fantasy, although his primary focus is historical fantasy.
Ryan is the creator of Frontier Fantasy, his imaginary version of the American West. His first Frontier Fantasy book, Common Ground, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in March, 2017.
Ryan lives in New England with his wife and two children.
Learn more about Ryan at: https://www.ryanpancoast.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
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
Chris Seaman has been a freelance illustrator in hobby games for over a decade. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. His work can be seen in such properties as Skylanders, Dungeons & Dragons, Kaijudo: Duel Masters, World of Warcraft, Harry Potter, Hearthstone, Pathfinder, Magic: the Gathering and is a contributor to Imagine FX Magazine and 3D Total magazine.
In 2016 Chris guest curated the show Dream Worlds: The Art of Imaginative Realism at the Canton Museum of Art (Canton, OH). In 2015 Chris’ personal work appeared in the group show Wild About Harryhausen at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery (Los Angeles, CA). In 2014 his noncommissioned work, Beaute’ et la Bête had the honor of being included in the Spectrum Fantastic Art III exhibit at the Society of Illustrators (New York, NY). That same year he was also awarded a certificate of merit from both ARC Salon and the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles for his outstanding works. In 2013 Chris’ work appeared in the group art show, ZOMBIE at Last Rites Gallery (New York, NY). His personal work has appeared in Spectrum 19, 20, 21 and 22, won the Silver Award in the Editorial category in 23, and 24 the best in contemporary science fiction and fantasy art from around the world.
Chris continues to work on his Cameo Creeps collection, personal and commissioned projects, and exhibit around the U.S.
Learn more about Chris at https://www.chrisseamanart.com
Hilary Clarcq creates mood-driven, figurative oil paintings that combine realism with expressive abstraction. Often surreal and dreamlike, her work favors symbolism over literal narrative. She has exhibited with galleries such as Abend Gallery, Helikon Gallery, and Every Day Original, and her work has been recognized by Illustration West and Infected by Art. In 2019, she was one of three artists selected for the Muddy Colors Rising Stars Award. She has a B.A. in Fine Art and English from the University of Colorado, but she is self-taught as an oil painter. Hilary was born in upstate New York and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Learn more about Hilary at https://hilaryclarcq.com/
Sprite Hansen is a self-taught mixed media fantasy artist and creature creator. She’s found that through the combination of painting, drawing, sculpting, and mixing medias, she is able to express the mysterious world that inhabits her heart… and head. She draws the inspiration for her work from nature.
Learn more about Sprite at http://www.thebrokenplanet.com
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