*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. All Classes meet live and are not recorded due to proprietary content and teaching will not happen via email, teaching is only during class time
showcasing your style while working with established Characters
Great original character design is essential to illustration. All the action and composition flow from the central drama of the character. Often the most exciting challenge of doing an illustration is how to create a new character or re-design a character that already exists--how to give it your own flare and personality. This is the key challenge of art for video games, comics, book covers, or historical purposes.
Every illustrator needs to learn how to hold onto their voice when drawing a character. It can be tempting to follow in the footsteps of the art that has come before. But it is your originality as an artist that will make your work stand out.
With this class, David explores how to push outside of that safe zone and create work which is more personal, unexpected, memorable, and engaging. This could mean working to get a clearer picture of your own personal voice, or it could mean learning to apply a very outside-the-box aesthetic to well established character designs.
The guest for this class will be Jennifer Wu, who served as the project manager for the 2020 Marvel Masterpieces series for which David created 135 original paintings of Marvel superheroes. She will join the class to review student work towards the end of the semester.
An artist should not be just a pair of hands following orders. You have something unique to bring to any project, and our goal will be working to develop that ability. We are very excited to have David teach with us for the first time this semester.
After taking this class students will also receive a free profile on the Alumni Portfolio site the Smarter Art Market.
David Palumbo's most recent project was the creation of the 135 original paintings that comprise the Marvel Masterpieces 2020 collection, published by Upper Deck Entertainment. He has worked extensively as an illustrator in the fantasy and science fiction genres, where he has painted cover art and interior art for dozens of books and magazines, as well as numerous illustrations for Magic: The Gathering. Palumbo has also been a regular contributor to Heavy Metal Magazine since 2008 as one of the creators involved in the Tarot feature. He has provided artwork for collectible card games, comic covers, album covers, film posters, magazine covers, advertisements, and film preproduction and his artwork has appeared in such publications as Spectrum, ImagineFX, and 2D Artist Magazine. Other clients include Marvel Comics, Tor.com, Lucasfilm, Night Shade Books, Pyr, and Road Runner Records. His client list also includes Acclaim Entertainment, Black Library, Riley Films, Science Fiction Book Club, and Solaris Books. Palumbo has also been showing personal works in fine art galleries since 2003, at galleries in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, London, and Paris.