Last week I partook in one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I attended the one week workshop in Amherst, MA called the Illustration Master Class (or IMC for short). It's a workshop started by Rebecca Guay and features some of the best artists in the genre of Imaginative Realism.
It includes artistic giants such as James Gurney, Greg Manchess, Donato Giancola, Greg Ruth, Scott Fischer, Dan Dos Santos, Boris Vallejo, and Julie Bell. Plus the addition of select creative directors including Irene Gallo from Tor, Lauren Panepinto from Orbit Books, and Jeremy Jarvis from Magic the Gathering.
It has a relatively free format, where for one week students can work on whatever they'd like, and the faculty will walk around giving feedback to those who need it. Throughout the day the faculty will do lectures and demos that you're welcome to view, or you can just keep working. I've known about the IMC for about 10 years, but it was always a matter or finding the time or the money to fit it in. Finally this year, I pushed aside all excuses and made it happen. And it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.Read More