Sterling Hundley: Looks Fast: Speed in Illustration
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This video, recorded in a classroom setting at the first ever TAD workshop in Kansas City, MO, features award-winning illustrator Sterling Hundley as he takes students through his process of painting a horse and jockey. The real subject matter of this video, however, is concept.
For Sterling, an illustration is built on the foundation of a strong idea, and this is what guides the artist throughout the creation of a painting. In this case, the concept is "speed", and the video begins with a discussion of different means to convey that message. This is followed by the actual execution, and the materials are kept to a minimum (white acrylic, ink, two watercolors) to help keep the focus on idea instead of technique.
Throughout the video students and faculty ask questions about a number of topics ranging from photography to art directors, and Sterling's responses are always articulate and full of clarity. This 1.5 hour demo ends with a nearly finished painting, and the viewer will walk away with a much stronger understanding of the underpinnings of a compelling illustration.
(b. 1976, American) The work of illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley has appeared regularly in the pages of Communication Arts Magazine, American Illustration, Print Magazine, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, 3 x 3, Graphis, Step by Step Graphics, the Society of Publication Designers, and the New York Society of Illustrators. In addition to winning three gold, and two silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, New York, Sterling has been awarded gold and silver medals from the Illustrators Club in Washington, D.C. Sterling and his work have been the subject of feature articles in Communication Arts magazine (2008), Print (Young Visual Artists, 2004), and RVA magazine (2008). Sterling lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is currently represented by Richard Solomon Artist Representative in New York City. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and he is one of five core instructors at the Illustration Academy, held on the campus of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.