NYC TRIP to Art Out Loud

Artist Vlog: NYC TRIP to Art out Loud // Painting Demo by Donato, Manchess, and Barlowe

I recently took a day trip to NYC. It turned out to be a magical day for me. The Society of Illustrators was holding a painting demonstration from 12-4 on a Saturday. The artists that were performing the live demos were Donato Giancola, Gregory Manchess, and Wayne Barlowe. Along with that, art directors Lauren Panepinto (of Orbit Books, Everyday Original, Drawn and Drafted, and Yen Press) and Irene Gallo (Tor Books) were offering 15-minute portfolio reviews. As soon as I heard about the event I booked my ticket!

I drove into the city early in the am to ensure that I would arrive on time with no issues. I parked in a garage and hit the streets. I wandered around and found a Starbucks, thank god for that Midnight Mint Mocha! It's to die for. I found a spot to chill with my drink and made some art. Nothing beats a good coffee drink and time with my art supplies. NOTHING.

At noon I had my appointment with Lauren for my portfolio review. I was very nervous and excited to meet with this incredible woman. She has a strong voice in her field and is a real advocate for artists. You can learn a lot from this woman in the world of Illustration. My meeting with her went very well. She offered me points and good direction to move my focus on. I highly recommend meeting with a mentor, teacher, or pro, if you wish to get your portfolio kicked into gear. Being out of the game for so long, she offered me great advice and courage that I am not far off from where I want to be artistical. I have homework to do!

Now to the painting demos! Each art