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January 21st, 2010, 01:15 AM
I am Mark English I have been working as an artist for almost 50 years. The first 30 years as an Illustrator and the last 18 as a painter.
Over the course of my illustration career Iíve worked for nearly all the top magazines and hundreds of corporate clients. Iíve won many awards and in 1983 I was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Iíve spent the last 18 years painting and have representation by a number galleries across the country.
When I graduated from Art Center the illustration field was very different than it is today. There were art studios and agencies for young illustrators to cut their teeth on and learn their craft. These studios created a bridge from the Art and Design Colleges to the professional community. Their disappearance has created a void in the education for young illustrators and has made it extremely difficult to break into the field.
To fill the void in the education system my son John and I developed The Illustration Academy. For 15 years we have been giving students a leg up on their competition by offering them the information they need from some of the best working artists and industry leaders.
I am excited about our new relationship with Massive Black and Ca.org and the creation of The Art Department. The Art Department will give students and young professionals the information they need and an irreplaceable connection to the industry.
Here are some examples of my work:
January 21st, 2010, 07:03 AM
It's a pleasure to have you show your work and share your wealth of experience here Mark. I joined your class On Demand and it was great! I really learned a lot and enjoyed listening to you.
January 21st, 2010, 12:27 PM
I have known Mark for 25 years. He is not only an amazing illustrator/painter/drawer/teacher/..... (well, you get the idea), but he can do whatever he feels like, and at the highest level. He is also a genuinely good guy.
Mark is such a good teacher. He can break things down in an image and then relates it to the student on their level. He is good about seeing and understanding "where" the student is in their mind, and getting his point across to them so they can actually implement it in their images.
Let me put it this way about his career. When a book was published about the history of Illustration, there were two images on the cover. One by Norman Rockwell, and the other by Mark English.
I think that about sums it up.
January 21st, 2010, 02:15 PM
Mark was one of my teachers years ago at the Illustration Academy. I feel thrilled and honored to have been able to learn from him. He's a wonderful teacher but also really one of the best illustrators ever.
January 22nd, 2010, 01:15 AM
Obviously Mark has had a great career and he is a very accomplished artist. Because I am a family member and have spent a lot of time with him, I can honestly say he earned those accomplishments.
At this point in his career he makes everything look easy, but the accomplishments and the ease in which he works has come from an extreme dedication. At the age of 76 he produces more work than any artist I know.
He is a great artist, a really good guy and it has been awesome to have him as a father! If you are trying to find an artist as a role model (and many have)
he would be a great choice. He has lived his life as a serious artist and done it for all the right reasons.
January 22nd, 2010, 10:20 PM
i watched Mark give a lecture when i was in art school. he spoke about his upbringing, his career, thoughts on life, on being an illustrator...it was extremely inspiring. that lecture, and Marks work in general, has always inspired me to take chances with my own work.
if you are not familiar with his stuff, i encourage you to look him up. he's a hall of famer for a reason. :)
January 23rd, 2010, 02:52 PM
Amazing work. I saw the On Demand class and got tons out of it. :)
January 24th, 2010, 12:45 PM
I said this before. Mark is the hero's hero. Mark's legacy in the annals of illustration history is unquestionable. It's humbling and inspiring to meet someone who is GREAT at what they do; a genuine LEGEND- to shake their hand, look them in the eye, and have them treat you with the same respect that you have for them. Mark has this effect on everyone he meets.
Now that is something to aspire to.
January 24th, 2010, 01:13 PM
I could keep gushing about Mark's work for days but I'll just add one thing. I think he's just about the only artist I've ever met whose work is TIMELESS. It's as current and relevant and fresh as it always was!
January 24th, 2010, 07:47 PM
There are not enough words to say about Mark and his work: all I can say as someone who has gone through the Academy is thank you.
January 25th, 2010, 05:00 AM
Mark is one of those artist's whose work is almost incomprehensibly good. I can look at any one of his pieces, and feel a punch in the gut. Among all of his attributes, to me, his willingness to experiment is the most inspirational.
One of the highlights of my career was a simple comment Mark made of my work. John English and George Pratt were discussing one of my pieces: a failed experiment. Mark walked over and made a comment on the failure "Well that's ok, that's a good thing." It may be simple, but for such a titan to affirm my work and exploration...that was huge for me.
A lot of development in a young artist's life comes with experimentation, but nothing more frustrating than attempt after attempt of it not working. But whenever this happens, I can hear Mark's comments. My work has been better for it. As Jeff said, thank you Mark.
January 25th, 2010, 03:49 PM
I remember the day I saw the advertising presenting The Illustrators Workshop, in the early 80's, with Mark in a table with Bob Peak, Robert Heindel, Fred Otnes, Bernie Fuchs and Alan Cober.
For a Brazilian teenager, doing guache layouts in ad agencies, that was a dream far beyond anything I could reach.
But I was a stubborn knucklehead, and I kept dreaming of being there someday.
I've been floored by Mark English's virtuosity since the 80's, drooling over the annuals that filled the shelves of the agencies back then.
If I'd ever be presented to Mick Jagger or Paul McCartney, I'd never be as thrilled as the day I saw Mark English for the first time, standing outside a restaurant called The Fork and Spoon, in Liberty, MO.
I had my heart beating up my throat, and I was kinda rattling my knees when I shook hands with him, I was being presented to a legend, a hero.
Meeting him again last year, 12 years after that afternoon, and being remembered, is something I could never imagine as a kid, and makes a full circle for me, starting the day I first saw the ad with all those incredible guys around the table.
Mark English is the patron of the Illustration Academy, bringing the experience of decades of illustration and painting to generations of students.
The man is a legend.
And I keep a baseball with his autograph on a shelf on my studio.
What it means to me?
Well, it means a lot.
Mr. English, there's no shame in saying, respectfully: I love you, sir.
All the best,
January 25th, 2010, 04:09 PM
Mark English is truly amazing. Meeting him this past summer at the Illustration Academy and having the opportunity to watch him work was so inspiring. He is an incredible artist and a fantastic instructor.
One thing that really stood out for me from watching Mark work was his astounding patience. I feel like it is so easy to get impatient with oneself and one's art that we often give up or rush through things. Mark was not like that - he worked through the demos with a calm patience that changed the way I felt about making images. I constantly refer back to his work and my notes from his demos, reminding myself to stay patient.
January 25th, 2010, 05:33 PM
He is the MAN. He's the hero's hero as Sterling put it (I'm just going to steal a bit from everyone!). Someday, I only hope to be as intuitive as he is with moving forward with a piece, and confidently making marks.
Thank-you for being such a great example to us, Mr. English!
January 25th, 2010, 07:47 PM
Thanks for the breakfast this morning, and for the crit of my painting last night, your kind words mean alot to me. I am so glad that I can not only call you a great mentor but a good friend as well. This program is so solid, its a little unfair to all other art students out there trying to survive. Your great vision has changed just about everybody affiliated with it- we owe it all to you and your trial and errors.
Thanks again Big Daddy for opening up your home and studio to Jane and I,
all the best,
January 26th, 2010, 01:52 AM
When I was in school I looked with true longing at the advertisements I saw for the Illustrators Workshops. To be able to study with Mark English, Bob Peak, Alan Cober, Robert Heindel, and Bernie Fuchs would have been the greatest thing since sliced bread. Every one of those guys was an art hero of mine and my buddies. Mark English, in particular was one of the major gods. I still have a copy I did of one of Mark's pieces. It was always an inspiration to go to the Society of Illustrators and see Mark's large oils. They literally glowed. They stood out in the shows, always.
And another thing that has always been an inspiration about Mark is what a gentleman he is. If anyone could be full of themselves and their abilities, it would be Mark. But he's the most unassuming guy you'd meet and such a nice guy to boot. He doesn't hide his information. He lets it all hang out and is there to really impart the truth about what he does. It doesn't get much better than that.
One of the highlights of the Academy has always been, for me, to watch Mark draw and paint. He makes it look effortless. One only has to try it to know that it's not. But the simplicity in his work is a grail for all to follow.
Everyone owes it to themselves to hear what Mark has to teach. It's a rare opportunity.
I count myself lucky to be able to call Mark a friend. He continues to be an inspiration to me, not only through his work, but the kind, warm-hearted individual that he is as well.
February 3rd, 2010, 02:09 PM
It's almost painful to see how much Mark English achieves with so few paint strokes. Makes me feel useless to be honest.
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