*SmArt School teachers sometimes have to travel for professional reasons. If they must miss a class they will notify all students during class time and add a session to the end of the calendar. All Classes meet live and are not recorded due to proprietary content. Teaching will not happen via email, only during class time..
Mythology & Narrative Painting
This class will focus on mythological painting for both publishing and private commissions. Digital and traditional media are welcome. Donato offers instruction in painting techniques as well as professional practices. He will cover the business of working as an illustrator as well as insights into generating private commissions. The mentorship will include extensive critiques, lectures, and presentations on painting and narrative image creation as well as discussions covering contracts, self promotion, and client negotiations.
Towards the end of the semester special industry guest Mike Mrak will review student work. Mike is currently the design director of Scientific American Magazine and was previously the art director for Esquire, Discover, and Architectural Record Magazines.
After taking this class students will also receive a free profile on the Smarter Art Market, a destination for art directors and collectors.
About Donato Giancola
Donato’s epic oil paintings have defined science fiction and fantasy art for the last three decades. He has won twenty-three Chelsey Awards and nine medals from Spectrum. His work has been featured in multiple solo museum exhibitions across the country. In his twenty years of teaching experience he has taught at many of the best art schools in the country. His illustration clients includes: National Geographic, Microsoft, LucasArts, CNN, Milton Bradley, Hasbro, DC Comics, Playboy, The SciFi Channel, Franklin Mint, Avon Books, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkley, Penguin, Random House, Scholastic, Sega, Simon & Schuster, Tor, Warner, Iron Crown Enterprises, Five Rings Publishing, and Wizards of the Coast. In addition to working in publishing he has built a thriving practice of private commissions and selling directly to collectors.