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Jeff Miracola’s Fantasy Art Workshop

With just over 20 days to go, Jeff Miracola‘s acrylic painting technique DVD Kickstarter is well on its way to hitting double its pledge goal. You might be asking why is this news worthy, well we love Jeff’s work at the LCS and… it shows that people really do want original fantasy art and there is genuine interest in how it’s created. Jeff does a fantastic job of presenting his work and his videos are brilliant. He took part in our Mail Me Art project a few years ago and he even did a WIP video for that, so thank you for being awesome Jeff!

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Please support Jeff and fantasy art in general by backing this awesome Kickstarter project. You won’t be disappointed and I’m pretty sure whatever you pledge you’re getting good value for your money.

Here’s the important Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/1MiKBVy

IH8WAR: Artists & Designers Against War

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Friend of the LCS, Charles Hively, recently had a chat with us about a very intriguing project he’s running via his Artisanal Media LLC company with colleague Sarah Munt. Charles is hoping the project will eventually turn into a movement and take on a life of it’s own. IH8WAR was born of a talk they gave at Vienna’s Joseph Binder Symposium in October 2014 on the responsibility of artists and designers to become involved in the state of the world.

You can listen to the talk here…

If you weren’t aware, since 2003 Charles Hively has been the design director for 3×3, and is also the founder and publisher of that awesome publication and website.

The poster at the top of the post was created by Monika Grubizna and below you can check out a few more of the submissions.

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Stop the War – Alberto Ruggieri (Italy)

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Stand – Giulio Bonasera (Italy)

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War = Death – Seymour Chwast (United States)

IH8WAR is accepting submissions; head over to their site for more information. http://ih8war.com/

The art of Alé Mercado and his sketchbook

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A few weeks ago Alé Mercado uploaded a page from his sketch book that reminded me what a fantastic artist he was. Seeing a professional illustrator’s sketchbook is always a pleasure and the page featuring Alé’s Sea Creature/Evil Merman is no exception to this rule.

This isn’t the first time we’ve noticed Alé Mercado’s illustration, a couple of years ago he also took part in Mail Me Art with the piece below and we were very happy he did.

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As you can see, Alé’s work has a very nice quality to it and he isn’t afraid to tackle subjects and compositions that may send less established illustrators running for the hills. Below is a personal piece of his titled Happy St. Jordi. Great use of colour.

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If you’re interested in seeing more of Alé’s work, you can check out his portfolio website at alemercado.com or you can follow him on Facebook.

Graeme Neil Reid’s Doctor Who Watercolours

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Graeme is raising fund for his next promotional push and his orginal Doctor Who watercolours are being sold at a steal. We’ve already picked up “Don’t Blink”, but there are still a few gorgeous pieces to be had!

Check out his Doctor Who work and send him an email if any of the pieces tickle your fancy. They’re only £30 each, plus P&P.

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The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

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This is the art school we wish we’d been able to attend!

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is an unaccredited, private institution with one goal in mind: to teach artists who want to be illustrators how to become illustrators. Our hands-on approach and small classes allow us to tailor our courses to meet each student’s needs. Unlike traditional art schools, the Baltimore Academy of Illustration focuses specifically on illustration—learning the art while also understanding the needs and requirements of the profession.

One of the guys who was partly responsible for setting up this new school is friend of the LCS Alex Fine. Alex, Greg Houston and Scott Fuqua will be running the academy and also teaching there! Obviously if you’re an aspiring illustrator, sign up for a course. But if you’re a seasoned pro and you want to show a bit of support for this new educational centre, there’s a fundraiser you can donate to. We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of talent this new enterprise churns out and we wish them the best of luck!

Randy Gallegos: Level Up @ Krab Jab Studio, Seattle WA

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September 12th – October 3rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk at 7:30pm

I am super excited to announce this Solo Exhibition. Krab Jab Studio is an exciting working studio and exhibit space, that I had the privilege of showing at a few years ago as part of a group show on role-playing game art. I visited Seattle for the opening and wrote about it here. With the help of the indefatigable and talented Julie Baroh, we are putting together a show I’m very excited about. I haven’t hung a show this large in ever–the nearest was my Guest of Honor stint at LunaCon in 2014. In a sense, my recent show in NYC was a smaller dry run for how to manage and make sense of a show that hangs art of disparate subject matter in a cohesive way.

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You can find out more on Randy Gallegos’ blog.

SALE!!! Showcase 100 prints now 1/2 price!

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This is your last chance to pick up one of the Showcase 100 prints! Come Monday, all of the prints will be removed from the shop and for this weekend only all of the prints are half price. We only have one copy of each print and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The prints are super high quality and were part of the London exhibition earlier in the year. There are loads to choose from, created by the most awesome bunch of artists and illustrators you can imagine.

Shown is the work of Michael Hacker, Mark Hammermeister, Kim Herbst, John Joven, Mike Nash, Marc Scheff and Primary Hughes. Visit the Showcase 100 print shop to check out the rest of the fantastic artwork.

…or Something Like That Kickstarter Project

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…or Something Like That is an amazing collaboration between Portland artists Marc Girouard and Travis Abels. They have combined the personal stories, memories, and life changing moments of ten people to create immersive multimedia experiences combining sound, music, words, and images.

Their plan is big, beginning with a show at A.I.R. Gallery in Portland, OR this September 19th, the release of a vinyl record with accompanying artwork, and a website where the project will live and continue to grow.

This Kickstarter project will help fund the sound mastering and pressing of records, printing of art, headset rental, studio fees, and many more expenses of this ambitious project. But you can be a part of it! Watch the video, follow the link, and check out the rewards.

External Link: …or Something Like That Kickstarter Project

History Inspires: Captured by Indians

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The multimedia show will feature Pittsburgh-based artists and their works, which have been inspired by 18th century Western Pennsylvania history. This year’s theme focuses on Indian captivity to complement the museum’s new exhibition, Captured by Indians.

Artists featured include:

Jaime Cooper
Michael Burke
Maura Doern Danko
Bonnie Gloris
Susie Humphrey
Zack Lee
Nate McDonough
David Montano
Juliet Phillips
Mark Toneff
Jason Woolslayer

Image credit: Bonnie Gloris

External Link: History Inspires: Captured by Indians at Fort Pitt Museum

Viva! Le Tour.

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Viva! Le Tour 2015.

A brand new Gicleé print to celebrate the toughest race in the world by Simon Brader. The Tour De France – Cyclists take on a physical challenge like no other – 3,360km over 21 stages. This year’s penultimate stage of the three week epic is the Queen finishing atop the Alpe D’Huez, famed for it’s gruelling 13.8km of winding ascent.
All roads then lead to the centre of Paris were the rider in yellow will be crowned 2015 champion.

Prints signed and numbered by the artist.

A beautiful Gicleé printed on 100 year archival Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Print is available at 297 x 420 mm (A3).

22.00 GBP – Pound Sterling BUY ME