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January 17th, 2010, 05:48 AM
My name is George Pratt and I've been a working artist for over 30 years and an educator for 20 of those years.
As a kid I was enamored with comic books and art in general. I learned by emulating my art heroes and it wasn't until I got to art school that I found myself wanting to paint, rather than just do black and white work. Much of what I learned I had to teach myself. This isn't to say that I didn't get some great information from my art school teachers. I did. In fact I had some incredible teachers. But I also surrounded myself with like-minded individuals that wanted to learn the same stuff I was struggling with. So I learned as much from my buddies as I did my teachers.
My graphic novels have been met with critical acclaim and have been translated into over 10 languages. My first graphic novel, "Enemy Ace: War Idyll", about the First World War and Vietnam, was on the required reading list at West Point Military Academy. Awards include the Eisner Award, The France Info Award, The SpeakEasy Award, and a Spectrum Gold Medal, to name a few.
My documentary film about the Mississippi Delta Blues, "See You In Hell, Blind Boy", directed by Steven Budlong, won Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival, and I was included in Walt Reed's book "The Illustrator in America: 1860-2000.
My work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, India and Japan, and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art and many galleries throughout the world.
I'm honored to be a part of this grand experiment. The information students will be receiving is the best in the world by the people who practice what they preach for a living.
January 17th, 2010, 11:53 PM
Beautiful work George!
For those of you who do not know, George is an awesome teacher. Several of the images above are demonstrations for his students. He is truly a great instructor with the ability to cover a huge amount of information. We are all fortunate that he is so willing to share his incredible wealth of knowledge.
January 18th, 2010, 01:01 PM
I agree with John's post above!
George is a monster talent, a monster "drawer", a monster painter, a monster reader, and a monster of a good guy and friend. Did I leave out monster computer guru?
His work speaks for itself. Marvel and DC Comics didn't hire this guy to do Batman and a whole pile of other comics just for fun.... they knew he was the guy to do those jobs. He went on to do his own graphic novels like "No Man's Land" and Enemy Ace. Try to stump George on literature or history and you will be sorry you started it!
Throw in an award winning documentary and you have the recipe for George Pratt.
I am lucky to know George, and the students that "survive" his classes are all grateful to have been a part of his world. He has knowledge, and passes it along at the level in which the student can grasp it. He knows how to read the student and get them to the next level!
January 18th, 2010, 09:18 PM
I can't wait to attend your classes. I feel lucky to be able to attend Discovery and I will do my very best to get into TAD. Hopefully I will be seeing and learning more than I can handle.
This is such a unique opportunity for all interested students, I can't wait.
January 19th, 2010, 02:29 AM
John and Brent are being too kind, by far. But I appreciate the faith they have in me. I'm looking forward to the classes and sharing the info. It's always fun for sure.
And don't let Brent fool you. He's a monster as well and you'll get to experience that first hand. He's way too self-deprecating.
The bottom line is: Everyone you're going to be studying with is serious about teaching and very serious about their art and work. It'll all rub off on you. You're in for a great ride! It's a rare opportunity, and one which I wish I had when I was in school.
January 19th, 2010, 03:32 AM
Thank you for your short video demonstration about observational sketching! You're absolutely right about some people being too conscious about their drawings because I do the same thing too. I should just let loose next time and just go with the flow! :)
January 21st, 2010, 02:19 PM
George is a great great artist but also a wealth of information about pretty much anything to do with art! He's a fabulous source of inspiration and also knowledge.
January 24th, 2010, 07:43 PM
George's unbridled enthusiasm for teaching, art, and life constantly inspires me. I can't wait to see how that energy and emotion translates through The Art Department school!
January 25th, 2010, 05:05 AM
Mr. George Pratt is one of the most cultured people I have ever met. Internationally recognized artist, writer, musician, photographer, historian. All in the form of one of the most sincere indviduals. George offers so much, and has always went beyond the call of duty for his students.
The most valuable lesson he taught me is to "pay it forward." Knowledge is not meant to be kept secret, but shared. George is the embodiment of that!
January 25th, 2010, 03:04 PM
George Pratt surely has a brilliant mind, and just as much, is a dedicated, never resting instructor, that captivates everyone around with his friendly and unique personality.
His contagious sense of humor goes along with his profound knowledge about mostly everything in this world. He's one of those guys you can spend a lifetime listening to, and never ever get tired or bored.
Miss you George!
January 25th, 2010, 04:20 PM
George is so fun to be around and he is an excellent instructor. It's always refreshing when you know someone with a sense of humor and great work to boot. His brain is like a library of art books (and WWII history) and talking with him is really interesting. He is so willing to share information and knowledge with people, and I can't say I've met anyone as generous. If you ask, George probably has a book on it. That definitely rubbed off on me from my summer at the Academy and I went home and poured through so many art books.
It's a good thing to hang around George - you learn so much from him. Listen to him on sidebar if you haven't. It's a great interview.
January 25th, 2010, 05:27 PM
George is an incredibly humble human being, even though he doesn't think so. As Louise said: if you ask about something, he most likely has a book on it. He's one of the main reasons why I've started a collection of my own.
Also, he's a great laugh to have around. I will always and forever remember the story of how Sterling got Pratt back. :]
January 25th, 2010, 07:56 PM
your help, wisdom, and guidance will be charished forever. My time in school would not have been worth while if you werent kickin my rear in the classroom and draggin me outside, inspiring me to paint. you have passed on your love of photography to me as well and i am truly thankful for that. if you are ever in doubt about any of your work, just remember,....look into the mirror and say "thats fun!" because I'm sure it is.
take care George, Godspeed
January 25th, 2010, 11:28 PM
I don't think there are many that can come close to George. I dare you to find some one who knows more about History, Blues music and art. Seriously try him. He has an infinite wealth of knowledge and experience, and if by any chance he doesn't know, he will whip out the iphone and find if for you. He is an open book to his students and never holds anything back. Always paying it forward.
Miss ya George, I hope all is well!
January 26th, 2010, 05:24 PM
Mr. Cody Miles has spoken of you in the highest regards and after doing that class with you I can see why. You got that shit on lock.
That painting of the girl is pretty sweet. Actually the technique you have on all those paintings is crazy expressive. I really dig it.
January 26th, 2010, 10:34 PM
i think the thing that got me the most about George, was when i went out to ringling, it was very apparent to me how much the students loved him. that kind of rapport doesnt come without there being a sincere and honest love for what hes doing. his passion for art is infectious, and you can see it rubbing off on his students.
hes also got a rediculous art collection, likes Cat Stevens, and paints like a royal mutha...
what's not to like?
January 27th, 2010, 06:01 PM
George Pratt interview on Sidebar:
And part two:
January 27th, 2010, 06:57 PM
The Brain with a Beard, as he's lovingly known at the Academy. I was very fortunate to be able to spend a bit of time with George while he was teaching at VCU commuting from North Carolina each week. You don't do that type of thing if you don't love it- truly love it. Many times, I'd head down to his studio, and see all the disparate parts that make up George Pratt- his collections of art, war memorabilia, his writing, his work, his stacks and stacks of books, and his family. I do believe that George would have barricaded himself in that studio with all the things that he loves, had teaching not gotten him out to see daylight from time to time.
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