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.
HOW IT WORKS
We called this an “Illustration Intensive” for a reason. Over five days, you’ll be guided and inspired to create an amazing illustration for your portfolio in an intense but fun environment filled with camaraderie and creativity. Come prepared to be challenged. Illustration isn’t just about creating a piece of art; it’s about problem-solving to arrive at the best solution for the product, story, or advertisement that your illustration is accompanying.
You’ll be working in the medium of your choice. Digital artists are welcome. A month or so before the workshop, we’ll send a list of suggested illustration assignments to attendees from which they can chose one. Or create your own assignment. In the month leading up to the Illustration Intensive, attendees will work on the preliminary sketch or sketches for their assignment, which they will bring to the first day of the workshop. Attendees will get highly detailed critiques from the instructors about their sketch on that first day. Using that feedback, attendees will make revisions (it could take a few rounds), and then create their final drawing.
By day two, work begins on the final illustration. Over the rest of the week, attendees will get ample studio time to work on their illustration while receiving guided instruction and progress critiques from the instructors. We’ll take scheduled breaks for presentations, demos, and lectures on a variety of topics relevant to the field of illustration ranging from technique, building a portfolio, getting work in the industry, the business of being an illustrator, and much more.
Getting one-on-one instruction time with professional, working illustrators is an experience we know you’ll benefit from and enjoy immensely. For an entire work week, you’ll be surrounded by fellow artists from all walks of life, building lasting friendships and learning more about the world of illustration than you could hope to imagine. We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful adventure and life-changing experience.
Group photo from Illustration Intensive 2019
THE WHEN AND WHERE
Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
The Illustration Intensive will take place June 13 – 17, 2022, at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MIAD is one of the premiere art colleges in the country. We at Fantasy Art Workshop are excited to have our event take place in the heart of downtown Milwaukee with its vibrant atmosphere and easy proximity to lodging, restaurants, cafes, stores, nightlife, and lakefront activities.
WORKSHOP • 8am-9pm • June 13-17, 2022
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
273 E Erie St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
SOCIAL GATHERING • 6pm-9pm • June 12, 2022
We’ll host a social gathering on Sunday, June 12, the day before the workshop begins so attendees can get to meet each other, as well as the FAW faculty, in an informal, fun atmosphere. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The social gathering will take place in the first floor gallery at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.
ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR
We are super excited to announce Kekai Kotaki as an Artist Guest of Honor for Fantasy Art Workshop’s Illustration Intensive June 13-17, 2022.
Kekai is a one man powerhouse! The lead concept artist on Guild Wars 2, over eight years at ArenaNet, he’s also worked at Bungie and Monolith, working on titles like Destiny and Mordor Shadow of War. His client list is impressive and includes such companies as Wizards of the Coast, National Geographic, Simon & Schuster, Amazon, Aplibot inc., Tor Books, Paizo, and many more.
Come meet, and create art with, Kekai at our workshop!
Learn more about Kekai at www.kekaiart.com
ART DIRECTOR GUEST OF HONOR
Our Art Director Guest of Honor is yet to be announced.
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 since 1993. 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, Blizzard, 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, Valve, 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.
See more of Steve’s art on Instagram HERE
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, France, 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.
Learn more about Howard at: www.howardlyon.com
Ashley Cassaday is a digital illustrator and art educator based out of her hometown of Dallas/Fort-Worth Texas. Inspired by the world of fantasy, faerie, and flora, she has developed a love for telling stories through dark and alluring fictional characters, while aiming to portray the juxtaposition between in these ethereal, yet ominous characters.
Ashley currently is working in collaboration with Llewellyn Worldwide, and spiritualist author Pamela Chen, to create the Steampunk Faerie Tarot, a deck inspired by the Victorian themes of steampunk fantasy and the world of faerie. On the side. Ashley also is working on a menagerie of personal passion projects, and her art business and illustration course; where she helps budding artists discover their authentic creative voice to thrive in today’s illustration industry.
Learn more about Ashley at: www.ashleycassaday.com
Jarel Threat is an award winning Fantasy and Comic Book Illustrator living in Sugar Land, Texas. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Jarel works with oil paint, seeking to capture beauty and strength with the use of subtle color and light. His work has been featured multiple times in the “Infected by Art” annuals. Jarel is also the Creative Director for Verse Comics.
Primarily known for his work for Magic: The Gathering, Jarel has created works for a number of projects and companies over his 8 year career, including books covers, card art, album covers and comics. Other clients include Iron Crown Enterprises, Hit Point Press, 247 Comics, Verse Comics, Straight Back Games and a list of private art collectors.
Learn more about Jarel at: www.jarelthreat.com
Lisa *Sprite* Hansen is a mixed media fantasy artist; sculptor and creature creator. She is greatly inspired by animals and nature; all of its beauty, the textures, magic and the hidden fantastical creatures that live in it. Her creations are otherworldly and organic and form intuitively. It’s through the combination of natural elements and various mediums that she is able to express the mysterious world that inhabits her head and heart.
Learn more about Sprite at www.thebrokenplanet.com