The twelve week series is for the dedicated artist who aspires to pursue further development and refinement of their skills as draughtsmen, image-makers and storytellers. The intimate structure of the class with live Q&A will insure a highly focused environment and intense lecture sessions with the artist.
Graduating summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a BFA in Painting, Donato entered the commercial illustration marketplace immediately upon graduation while apprenticing for years in New York City as the studio assistant to the preeminent figurative painter, Vincent Desiderio. Over the course of his career, Donato has acquired a multitude of highly acclaimed awards, from three Gold and six Silver Medals from Spectrum, to nineteen Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists , to three Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Society, to the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators.
Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by narrative art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of the genre that extend beyond the commercial commissions of his clients. To those ends, Donato teaches at the School of Visual Arts and the Illustration Master Class, exhibits at various galleries, and demonstrates and lectures at various universities, workshops and conventions across the country. This is a rare privilege to study in an intimate setting with an artist of this caliber and experience.
Lectures over the course of the semester will consist of a one hour visual presentation culling images and information from the art of Donato, that of his contemporary peers in the industry, the contemporary art marketplace in general, and masters from art history. Class participants will be invited to submit art for potential inclusion in these presentations. A comprehensive survey of art and its context within our ever-changing cultural environment will be focus of the dialogs. **An additional special feature of this class is that unlike our other SAS classes( which often cover NDA material) Donato's lecture series will be recorded, and students WILL have access to a password protected file for the duration of the semester so that they can catch up on the lectures at their convenience!** Donato's Seminar is an exclusive though, and will not be part of the additional SAS monitoring options- see enrollment page for more details.
Topics of discussion will include:
Painting Between the Lines – Developing Complex Narrative and Emotional Content
Abstract Thumbnails and Preliminary Drawings
Compositional Aesthetics – Balance, Pattern, and the Modern Eye
Marketing and Self Promotion
PhotographicReferences – Manipulation and Sampling
The Mud of Venus – Painting Skin Tones
Controlling Color – Theory and Implementation
The Portrait – Covers, Commissions and Psychology
Mastering Metal and Complex Visual Effects
Composing with Multiple Figures
Challenges – Advancing your Artistic Career
BusinessNegotiations – Communication, Correspondence, and Collaboration