A true master of the medium.
massively impressive and inspiring
I had a blast working on this. Watching Zhanglu paint is a total joy.
When I first decided to work with artists in China, it was for one reason alone. Artists in China still hold traditional painting values in high regard.
Not long ago, when I was in school, I found it hard to learn traditional drawing and painting from my teachers. I would arrive at a new school and find perhaps a couple that could teach and do what they were talking about. The USA (and Europe)had from the 1920's - 1990's shunned traditional art learning as unnecessary. The methods of the traditional masters were ignored. In China, this is just not the case. The same teachings that were popular in France in the 19th century, or Russia in the 1950's Socialist Realist period, are still thriving in China.
The rich tradition of Chinese painting and refined eastern/western composition and image making theory is a powerful mix. In my search for artists with such knowledge, I found ZhangLu and/or he found us.
Since then, ZhangLu has been working as a concept artist at MB Shanghai. He is working directly with me for these videos which will go a long way to helping support this community. We are lucky to have ZhangLu with us. His work is of very high skill and his spirit stands out from the crowd. His art is unique and I am happy to have had the chance to work on these videos with him. He is able to capture soul in his work, and saves the humanity of his subjects in the pixels he paints.
Here are a few more images for you all to enjoy: I am happy to see others appreciating what I too see in ZhangLu. His work is amongst my favorites.
Last edited by Jason Manley; May 22nd, 2009 at 08:23 PM.
Wow this is honestly my first comment i give on the site besides my own sketchbook. But you change my habbid i just have to say i love your art. Its reallistic but has a very distinct style at the same time just mind blowing. Very inspiring hope to be at your level some day.
I can't wait for the dvd release. Thank you to Massive Black and all their contributions.
Thanks for all the kind words everyone. I really enjoy painting and it is nice to hear that people enjoy the art. I have made lots of paintings this year and make more every day. I will post more soon. For now, here is a wizard painting I made recently. I hope you like it. Thank you.
Zhanglu, you style and ability are really amazing and inspirational. The download was more than worth the money and I look forward to seeing and learning more from you in the future.
enjoying the scenery
Wow...that's all that comes to mind. Absolutely amazing.
Imagination is more important
than knowledge. Knowledge is limited,
imagination encircles the world.
Man, your stuff is amazing, completely inspirational. I just bought the download and it's beautiful. I do have one question for anyone though. How does zhanglu set up his brush? Thanks for being great.
Very beautiful work
What is the name of this program
Damn Intoduce me to the girl in the 2nd image. Beautiful work man.
Your Images have such great feeling, yet that style you have is so Non abrassive. I bet you could paint a guy getting his hea dcut off and still keep a softness and beauty to it.
Love your Demo as well.
A Thanks to Jason for the Commentary as well.
Man I dig this stuff!
This is one of the most inspirational threads I've seen in my entire life. I'm not even kidding, lol.
O_O great post, portraits, characters, environments everything is awesome
Those portraits are probably the most inspiring pieces of work I've seen this year. Sounds silly, but they look so natural.
To be all 'arty farty' and conceptual, it seems the ink has simply leaked out of the paper to form the shape. LOVE IT!
"I try to make everyone's day a little bit more surreal" - Calvin - Calvin & Hobbes
Hey totally awesome work!
I love your portraits, bought both female and male downloads - it's soooo cool to watch hearing Jason's helpfull tips and thoughts!
Is it possible to get the psd's for the male download too? because the files were only included in the female download.
Thanks for all the effort!
the portraits are stunning!!!
Totally inspired! Thanks!
pld: NEED CRITIQUE! But BEWARE your Eyes might BLEED OUT of YOUR eye SOCKETS <---cause I really suck and haven't done shit pld:
My Sketch Book!
Amazing work there, so refreshing.