A few detailed images of a new painting, Calibration, 18″ x 24″ Oil on Panel, making its exhibition debut at IX Arts Convention (IlluxCon 18) later this month in Reading , Pennsylvania. Also posted here is a rocking short video demo of the acrylic lay-in on this piece before finished off in oils. Produced with a little help from my daughter Cecilia!
The preliminary pencil drawing in graphite and chalk leads off the composition formalities, with a few close ups of the acrylic washes and starts executed in oils, and a finish of the final work as a full oil rendering.
Born in 1967 and raised in Colchester, Vermont, USA, art was always a hobby for Donato as a young man, he would steal away into the basement of his parents' home to work on drawings, create his own maps for the game Dungeons & Dragons, paint figurines, read comics, and construct model tanks and dinosaurs. His love of imaginative play dominated his childhood, both indoors and out. At the age of twenty Donato enrolled in his first formal art class, the beginning of his professional training. Immediately after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 1992, Donato moved to New York City to immerse himself in the inspired and varied art scene. Formative years in the early nineties were spent as the studio assistant to the preeminent figure painter Vincent Desiderio, and long days of study in the museums of New York. It was then that his love and appreciation of classical figurative art took hold. He continues his training even now, visiting museums regularly, learning from and sometimes copying original paintings by Rembrandt or Rubens, attending life drawing sessions with illustrator friends and constantly challenges himself within each new project. Pilgrimages to major museums are his preferred reason to travel.
Donato has released a revised hard cover compilation of his works on the theme of J.R.R. Tolkien, Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend from Dark Horse Comics.
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