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    Fantasy Art + Oil Painting?

    Hi guys,

    I'm learning to use oils at the moment, and I'm interested in finding art and artists who work with the same kind of subjects I do (concept art/fantasy/fairy tale stuff, or even sci-fi might be interesting). Most of the great fantasy artists I'm familiar with work digitally, but I know there must be some out there who still work traditionally! Googling the subject didn't turn up very much for me so perhaps I'm not using the right terms, though I did find this guy and absolutely love his work: http://www.scottgustafson.com/Portfolio_F1.html

    If anyone can suggest some more names to me, I would be happy.

    I'm also interested in recommendations any of you might have for good video tutorials about oil painting techniques or "watch over the artist's shoulder" things, either free or commercial, especially regarding detailed illustrative pieces (most of the stuff I turn up on youtube is about looser and more abstract work than I enjoy). I should mention, I already have Donato Giancola's TAD video and it's amazing and exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for, but I want more .

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    Well, Paul Kidby http://www.paulkidby.net/Gallery.html and James Gurney http://jamesgurney.com/fantasyillo.html come to mind first. Also you're likely to find couple artists and walkthroughs from here: http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/
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    Dan Dos Santos
    Dave Palumbo
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    Donato Giancola
    Tristan Elwell

    ... These are a few from the top of my head who work in oils.
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    Richard Hescox
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    Roberto Ferri
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    Frank Frazetta
    Jeff Jones
    Bob McCall
    John Berkey (worked in a variety of traditional mediums)

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    I suggest you pick up a Spectrum and see how many artists are actually working in oils and other traditional mediums. I think you'll be surprised.

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    And Brom, don't forget Brom...

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    Between this and the latest "woe is me, I'm 21 and sooo oooooooold" thread, I feel like I should just go find the elephant's graveyard.

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    The late, great Frank Frazetta also worked in oils.
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    Edit: Oops doubled up with Tobba. Greg may not be strictly speaking 'high fantasy', but he does a fair bit wandering down that path... sort of...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Between this and the latest "woe is me, I'm 21 and sooo oooooooold" thread, I feel like I should just go find the elephant's graveyard.
    F**k that. I say we take the whiny 21 year olds, stick them in the ground and then party on their graves.

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    I meant "find the elephant's graveyard AND RAISE AN ARMY OF ZOMBIE ELEPHANTS, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

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    Even Imagine FX has a section on artists working in oils and traditional mediums.

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    He's not a Fantasy artist but David Gray has a great site on Oil Painting, if you want to watch someone over their shoulder.

    look for DG Oil Painting Techniques.

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    Sargent
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    Cornwell
    Michael Parkes
    N.C. Wyeth
    Frederic Church
    Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
    Waterhouse
    Bouguerau
    Gerome
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    Howard Pyle
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    Anders Zorn

    I think I'm leaving some out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Sargent
    Leyendecker
    Cornwell
    Michael Parkes
    N.C. Wyeth
    Frederic Church
    Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
    Waterhouse
    Bouguerau
    Gerome
    Elvgren
    Howard Pyle
    Richard Schmid
    David Leffel
    Joaquin Sorolla
    Clyde Aspevig
    Isaac Levitan
    Anders Zorn

    I think I'm leaving some out...
    How about Bosch, Breughel, Van Eyck, Durer and so forth and so on.

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    Yep...I thought something like "and almost everyone else" would have worked too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birkeley View Post
    Hi guys,

    I'm learning to use oils at the moment, and I'm interested in finding art and artists who work with the same kind of subjects I do (concept art/fantasy/fairy tale stuff, or even sci-fi might be interesting). Most of the great fantasy artists I'm familiar with work digitally, but I know there must be some out there who still work traditionally! Googling the subject didn't turn up very much for me so perhaps I'm not using the right terms, though I did find this guy and absolutely love his work: http://www.scottgustafson.com/Portfolio_F1.html

    If anyone can suggest some more names to me, I would be happy.

    I'm also interested in recommendations any of you might have for good video tutorials about oil painting techniques or "watch over the artist's shoulder" things, either free or commercial, especially regarding detailed illustrative pieces (most of the stuff I turn up on youtube is about looser and more abstract work than I enjoy). I should mention, I already have Donato Giancola's TAD video and it's amazing and exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for, but I want more .

    Thanks!
    I hear ya...That Donato video is effing amazing. Learned so much from it! Search David Leffel on youtube and then look at the recommended videos on the sidebar. There should be a bunch of shorter demo's for this company that puts out a ton of oil painting videos. They aren't in the fantasy genre, but basically the same techniques apply.

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    Last edited by Charlie D; April 18th, 2012 at 09:06 PM.
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    Most of these have already been mentioned, but this was my reply to a very similar thread a few years back:
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    I'm at a cross-roads in my dissertation for college. I am going to look at the works from the likes of Rembrandt and some works from people who use oil paints to create illustrations in present day. I am looking for the people who use the medium to create fantasy driven scenes. But I am having a tough time finding such an Artist/s..
    ???!!!!???

    A very incomplete list of comtemporary illustrators who work in oils (do your own googling):
    Daniel Adel
    Natalie Ascencios
    Jim Benett
    David Bowers
    Michael Deas
    Kam Mak
    Greg Manchess
    Rene Milot
    Tim O'Brien
    Marco Ventura

    And specifically F/SF:
    Julie Bell
    Brom
    Dan Dos Santos
    Donato Giancola
    James Gurney
    Scott Gustafson
    Don Maitz
    Vince Natale
    Glen Orbik
    Adam Rex
    Boris Vallejo

    And me.
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    F-i-n-a-l-l-y someone links mike!

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    I would really be remiss if I didn't mention Dice Tsutsumi who does incredible concept work digitally but has the most luscious little oils and watercolors.

    Thanks also for the Michael Deas and Tim Obrien shout out Tristan. I will tack on Vince Natale who does some beautiful work. But this is probably silly. We could list names until the moon turns blue.

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    Thank you to all of you who responded with lists and suggestions! You've given me a nice long research list and I'm sure I'll find some artists I love in there. Sorry if some of you found the question repetitive or obvious, but I'm not nearly as knowledgeable as the regulars here and the responses are very helpful.

    AvP, I am really enjoying David Gray's blog and video walkthroughs and that's just the kind of thing I wanted to find. And Charlie, I will check those blog links out too, thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmenSpirits View Post
    F-i-n-a-l-l-y someone links mike!

    Mikes amazing. Its crazy to think that he posts here.

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    Oils are great to work with, I should start working with them again pretty soon. Been doing a lot of drawing with graphite - I sometimes forget there's a lot of other media out there.
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