Wednesday, February 28, 2007

EAA composition lecture and demo

This post is coming very late but for what it's worth I will be lecturing at the EAA in Pasadena on Sunday from 11-2pm.
This talk is centered around composition as it relates to film story telling. Compostion is always neglected too much in school and on the job. I always receive more questions about this subject because it is not covered in enough detail in most institutions ,so I plan on drawing most of the time to visually help the class see my thought process on paper. I will also talk about my favorite films for studing compostion.
It should be fun and as usual, energetic! If you're available on Sunday and are in the area please stop by and say hi.
Sorry as usual about my terrible posting habits.
Call Mike Mattesi at EAA for the details. 626 440 5155
See you there.



martin wittig said...

AWESOME!!! I opened up your page, and to my delight...NEW WORK!! Samuel, these works are wonderful, I only wish that i could be in that lecture...:( Perhaps someday.

Samuel Michlap said...

Thanks for the kind words and congrats on the shop blog and prints. I will be buying some soon. I love your art.... it's always a pleasure to visit your page.

Forget the class, I'll take yours when you do one.

andy said...

Incredible stuff, those colour studies at the top are really inspiring! Good luck with the lecture, sounds like it'll be a blast... if I were on your side of the world I'd be there in a second :)

Sam Nielson said...

I'm amazed at how you're able to pull off an emotional effect with such simple strokes. How I wish I lived anywhere near Pasadena. . .

craig said...

Great post. The second from the bottom I find particularly sweet. Wish I could be there!

Ben Mauro said...

cant wait, see you there!

cdeboda said...

Looking forward to it also!

Philip Dimitriadis said...

Just gorgeous. What great feel and expression in these pieces. Really awesome work!!!

UrbanBarbarian said...

Fresh and innovative! I need to attend one of these someday!

HKB said...

Hello Sam -

As always it was great to have a chance to hang out and absorb a bit of picture making knowledge.

A bunch of topics came to mind as you were speaking.

The whole gallery fine arts scene - A totally baffling mystery to me. It would be great sometimes to hear your take as an illustrator as to what the fine art world is really all about, or what you chose to make of it. What is the game, how do you play it?

Architecture - Everyone and their cousin drools over Frank Gehry. I look at his stuff, and it's like OK - WTF.
I've even less impressed when I read about his working methods, where it seems he swoops in and does his twisty little box sculptures and leaves it to his support staff and contractors to make it work. His true genius is probably in promoting these concepts to the client. Much like the fine art scene.
What are you seeing out there right now in architecture that you like?
I remember that really nice day at the end of the perspective class that we spent sketching the Pasadena City Hall. For me that building, and old Caltech exemplifies so much of what architecture could be in terms of human scale, ornament, texture, and harmonizing with the land. It might be old, but it feels mighty good.

Pacing in visual story telling - You touched on a lot of the compositional aspects of building a story in a single frame
I'd like to know your approach visually building a sequence over time. and in particular, how much visual discomfort and rule breaking you can subject a viewer to in the name of creating tension. I remember one lecture I attended where the designer told the apocryphal story of a shot in a Hitchcock film where the main person in the shot is just barely visible behind a big foreground thing, and the producer was saying 'What's all this.' At the screening , the audience actually strained in their seats in an attempt to look 'around' this vase or whatever it was in the way. - That was Hitch's whole point.

That's my ramblings for the evening -
Please don't feel obligated to answer all this.
Perhaps it can be the nucleus for future blog postings or lectures.

Three websites I've really enjoyed: - A museum original focused on orientalism, they've expanded to cover all kinds of 19th century academic art - Killer digital technical illustration with some really detailed demos, and links to other insanely detailed mechanical illustrations - scratchboard and computer illustrations all in line art. Crispy.

"Watch Out: There's Moors, and ... Lava!"

Cheers -
Harold Buchman

A.Llupia said...
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A.Llupia said...

Great composition and sketches once more to show where is a good balance!thanks for show this!greetings Samuel

Mindy Lee said...

The ink and sephia tone one was really cool.

sourgrapes said...

These are beautiful Sam!! The time period and gondolas remind me of the movie "The merchant of Venice" with Al Pacino. Very beautiful lighting in that film.

Wish I could have been at the lecture. Will have to be satisfied with looking at your work from afar ^^. Cheers.

Roland Mechael said...

awesome pieces!

Alina Chau said...

Incrediable and inspiring!! :)

Donald Yatomi said...

sam...i guess you haven't changed at all: your work is still unbelievable! good stuff. hey just wanted to let you know that i give credit to where credit is due on my latest blog post.

adrian said...

Amazing as usual. Always a treat to come here and well worth the wait.

mackaydesign said...

Great to see more of your stuff. You always leave me wanting to see more! Thank you!

PEDRO NUĂ‘EZ said...

Awesome work...the ambient of your paintings is really incredible.
I´ll come back here every weeks and I hope meet more work.


R.Dress said...

Amazing! Could you be so kind and toss up a few films you like to study for those who are unable to attend?

the clownninja said...

lovely work

Andrew said...

I love this work. Where can I purchase prints?


Eric said...

Hi Sam,

Very cool to find you blog... great work as always. I'm working on learning to paint digitally, and would love to be able to attend some of your lectures or classes. All the best!

Eric Clark

Mark McDonnell said...

I hope you're still alive, we miss you my friend,


Cartoon Creators said...

Awesome stuff!! Great expression.

shahen said...

Hey Sam, Your approach is well thought thru before you touch the canvas...Very nice I like the energy in you sketches....
In July I will be giving a CGTALK Class, would it be it be OK to submit your link as one of the example of Professional work in the Entertainment industry for up My student and coming artists to look at???? Let me know......

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so.senthil said...

ur painting very nice

thank u

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