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The Mandalorian Helmet

Gregory Manchess

What can I say. The Mandalorian. C’mon…he’s great. The students from my SmArt School Dynamic Illustration class told me I’d get hooked, and they were right. They were so interested in the character that they pushed each other to do Mandalorian self-assignments during the weeks between classes. Coming up this Spring, I’m devoting an entire semester to teaching portraiture. Portrait As Story will be 14 weeks long, taking a hard look at how to make…




The War of the Worlds

Justin Gerard

January 26, 2021 - Today, I'd like to share some sketches with you from an upcoming commission for H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds. I have always loved this story, both the book and the radio drama, ever since high-school. It has remained a fascinating story ever since, one full of inspiring scenes, concepts and moments. Yet for all its hold that it had on my imagination, I never really had a chance to paint anything for it. So I am very excited to finally take a shot at it! Before beginning any major illustration project like this, I love doing dozens of moments from the story as little sketches. There are so many scenes, so many interesting opportunities! It is hard to pick just one. So here at the beginning, I think, why not do a lot…



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