My name is David Lovegrove, I am a professional Concept artist and teacher from Australia.
I am planning a series of Concept Art related Workshops in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in early 2008.
My workshops will offer that same rock solid classical art foundation that ConceptArt.org has so ably promoted, with a constant undercurrent of concept art ideas and principles through it.
We will learn to draw and paint from the antique plaster cast, as well as plaster busts of movie stars (a cool take on the classical tradition), we will draw and paint the nude, work from still life compositions, work in the landscape, and learn to draw anything and everything from the imagination and from reference.
We will study the drawings and paintings of the past masters and learn their subtle tricks and ideas, and we will explore the art of the past up to now and open our minds to the great visual tradition. We will treat the great artist's of comics and fantasy art and illustration with the same respect due to the likes of Rubens and Da Vinci and Sargeant (and Picasso!)
In the digital art workshops students will be working in Photoshop, Painter, ZBrush etc.
As you probably already know, the concept art revolution is being mainly led by artists who have mastered the old fashioned art skills and materials.
Once you can THINK like an old master then you are ready to become a digital
Comic book art and Film/TV storyboarding will also be covered during the workshop series.
I will post confirmed details of the workshops soon in this forum (ART SCHOOLS and EDUCATION).
I have worked as a freelance illustrator for many years and recently have had the great good fortune to work for a top sfx company on the Gold Coast, Qld.
I created concept art for 2 Hollywood produced projects- "The Ruins" and "The Pacific" (a 10 part WW2 TV series).
(Unfortunately I cant show my film concept art on the web until well after the films are out and about, sometime in later 2008). Check out my art at www.davidlovegrove.com .
I started out on my own quest to become an artist in 1987, and for a couple of years I taught myself from books and the odd tip from an artist along the way. I found it incredibly hard to find a competent teacher, and most of the books I read just went over my head. They seemed to be talking to more advanced artist's who had some solid background training.
In 1991 I met two incredibly talented artists from very different styles - Tony Champ (one of Australia's best realist illustrators) and David Paulson (a brilliant and inspired fine art painter). I studied with both these guys, and in 1994 decided to sell up and go to Sydney and train at the Julian Ashton Art School (Australia's oldest art school and only classical art school) full time.
I studied there for 3 years, won a drawing prize, learnt a lot about drawing and painting and art history, and graduated with a Diploma of Fine Art.
I studied for (and gained) a Masters degree in Visual Arts from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2002.
I have been teaching drawing, painting and comic book art/illustrating to hundreds of people over the last 20 years and have been a part of the Australian comic book scene to varying degrees since 1986, and am totally nuts about comics, movies, computer game art, fantasy art and cool sfx and concept art generally.
Check out some of my art at www.davidlovegrove.com, write to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org,
and keep an eye on my website www.fineartschool.com as the details of my Concept Art workshops' come online.