Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Featured Artist ~ Jason Seiler

I'm posting a featured artist tonight because I'm a little under the weather and not feeling up to doing caricature manipulations at the moment. Jason Seiler is one of my all time favorite caricature artists. Most of you probably know of him or his work. For those of you who don't know Jason's work, you're in for a treat. I'm posting a bio of Jason Seiler and a two part video, that if you haven't seen will give you some great pointers on digital painting techniques, caricatures themselves and some of Jason's little tricks he uses to achieve likeness. The videos are approx. 7 minutes and 9 1/2 minutes, but they are well worth your time. I hope you enjoy. Have a great day and be inspired.
Take it away Jason!

Jason Seiler began his professional career in a rather unorthodox way. After getting in trouble for drawing parodies of his history teacher in high school, Jason’s quick-thinking principle hired him to draw caricatures of different faculty members. A professional artist was born. Jason went on to study fine art illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago for two years before beginning his professional work in earnest. Jason's humorous illustrations have been featured as covers and interior pieces for TIME, Business Week, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, MAD magazine, GOLF magazine, KING magazine, Revolver, Guitar Player, The Village Voice, Penguin Group, Disney, The New York Observer, D Magazine, The Bloomberg Market, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Aardman Animation, and Sony Image, among others. Jason also worked as a character designer on Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, helping to create such characters as the Red Queen, the Tweedles, the Bandersnatch and more.

Jason has published two books of his art: Caricature the Art of Jason Seiler and the coffee-table book, SEILER 2008-2009, featuring many of his humorous portraits and illustrations. Jason has also produced an instructional DVD entitled, Sketching with Jason Seiler.

Jason’s work has been exhibited several times at the Society of Illustrators in New York as well as at the Society of Illustrators West, where Jason was awarded the silver medal for his portrait of Elvis Costello. His work has also been exhibited in Communication Arts Magazine, American Illustration 29 annual, Taschen’s Illustration Now! 3, and the book, Digital Masters (2010).

Jason is a member of the Society of Illustrators NY. He has been an art instructor for several years with Schoolism, the online art school created by Imaginism Studios in Toronto. Jason currently lives in Chicago with his lovely wife, Kat, and his two irresistibly beautiful daughters, Isabeau and Ava.

For anyone intersted in knowing more about this incredible artist, please visit this link:
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