Illustration Master Class 2011

June 11-16, 2011
Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts

This June will find me once again at the fourth annual gathering of the illustration Master Class. Begun by Rebecca Guay to bring together some of the most talented teachers and students in science fiction and fantasy illustration, this week long, mind numbing, action packed and sleepless night filled experience has no rival in other workshops. In addition to the usual faculty of Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Irene Gallo, Greg Manchess, Rebecca Guay, Dan Dos Santos, Scott Fischer, and myself, The IMC welcomes the incredibly talented and respected Iain McCaig as its guest additon for the week. A handful of visiting artists, including Peter DeSeve and James Gurney, will also fill out the lectures and demonstrations throughout the week.

Visit www.illustrationmasterclass.com/ For information about space availability, housing and registration.




Open Studio for 2011 Atlantic Avenue Artwalk



June 4th- 5th
1pm-6pm
397 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY

Once again I will be opening my studio to the public for the eighth annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk.
Come by to say hello, view new art and pick up some freebies! I will showcase numerous new paintings and drawings from my book, Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth as well as epic new paintings in progress for my showing at the Richard J. Demato Gallery this summer.

The Atlantic Avenue artwalk takes you through the historic neighborhoods of Atlantic Avenue in a free tour of open studios, gallery shows, and public art projects. Special events will be held all day and into the night.

A wide range of artists across media will open their studios to the public for a special, rare glimpse into the artist’s workspace and creative process. Events will include live music, film, vibrant public art projects, and activities for families and children of all ages.

Held along the cultural corridor of Atlantic Avenue, visitors can view and buy work, meet the artists and sample the Avenue’s restaurants, shops and bars at their own pace. Participating restaurants and bars offer specials and happy hours to ArtWalkers all weekend.

Check http://www.artwalk2011.com for updates and a list of all the artists participating.




Pictures from Water: A Parallel Universe Opening

August 7-27, 2010
90 Main Street Sag Harbor NY 11963
631-725-1161

Sloan, Richard Demato and Donato
Harriette Sawyer Demato (right) entertaining a few guests
Donato and daughters by the painting, Knowledge, which features the girls
Definitely a good time had!


There are some more great pictures on Irene Gallo's flickr



Solo show at The Richard J. Demato Gallery

August 7-27, 2010
Opening Reception August 7, 2010
90 Main Street Sag Harbor NY 11963
631-725-1161

I am pleased to announce the opening of my first solo exhibit at the Richard J. Demato Gallery this summer. Water: A Parallel Universe will feature 7 new large oil paintings as well as numerous landscapes and science fiction pieces will be premiered. The past months has found me locked in the studio creating work exclusively for this show.
A couple of the new works are below.

Knowledge Waiting

This show has given me an opportunity to create and showcase a large body of work with a continuing theme that I've long been facinated with - the shore.


Press

The Opening Reception will be in early August, with the show running through the rest of the month. For more information, please visit http://www.rjdgallery.com/



Donato selected as one of the top 100 artists in
Art Renewal Center's 2009/10 Salon competition

I am pleased to announce that three of my works have been selected into the top 100 finalists for the 2009/2010 Art Renewal Center Salon. More than 1,700 thousand entries were received for the jury to consider.

Shaman's Loss Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Sleeper Vast Oceans of Truth

The Art Renewal Center Salon presents a collection of some of the finest realist art of the day,
so to be chosen as a finalist is a huge honor.

Visit http://www.artrenewal.org/ to see the full list of this year's finalists and winner.




Donato wins Silver Award in Spectrum 17


I am very pleased to announce my painting, Shaman's Loss, has won the Silver Award in the Unpublished category of Spectrum 17. This year's winners are a true force to be reckoned with as far as talent, old and new, goes so I am very honored to be included in this group.

Visit http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com/ to see the full list of this year's winners.




Lunacon 2011

March 18-20, 2011
Hilton Rye Town
Rye Brook, NY

Once again Donato will be attending Lunacon, New York's oldest Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, in Rye Brook, New York this spring. He will be showing work, signing and participating in panels and a demo:

Stop by and say hello if you are in the area!

Visit http://2011.lunacon.org/ for more information about the convention and to register.


Pictures from Lunacon 2010

Mark Shallcross took some great pictures of my Smaug demo at Lunacon 2010.
See the entire flickr set here.


IlluXCon III

November 11-14, 2010
Altoona Heritage Discovery Center
1421 12th Ave.
Altoona, Pennsylvania

Once again I will be in attendence for IlluXCon III, an amazing gathering of some of the top talent in the scince fiction and fantasy art world. Over 55 artists exhibiting, numerous demonstrations, and a continuous stream of lectures will fill the weekend long event. Last years convention was such a success, I had to return!

The Following Artists Have Confirmed Their Attendance At Illuxcon 2010:

Greg Hildebrandt, John Jude Palencar, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Ralph Horsley, Justin Sweet, Tom Kidd, Jeff Easley, Michael Whelan, Justin Gerard, Anthony Palumbo, David Palumbo, Mark Zug, Scott Altmann, Vincent Villafranca, Thomas Kuebler, Jordu Schell, Stephen Hickman, Bob Eggleton, E.M. Gist, Christopher Moeller, Lars Grant-West, Mark Nelson, Cyril Van Der Haegen, Marc Fishman, Matt Stewart, Dan Dos Santos, Omar Rayyan, The Roy Krenkel Estate, Bruce Jensen, Eric Fortune, Joe Kovach, Raoul Vitale, L.A. Williams, Volkan Baga, Ian Miller, Dave Seeley, Daren Bader, Lucas Graciano, Michael C. Hayes, Robh Ruppel, Steve Prescott, Tom Taggart, Dave Leri, Mark Poole, Patrick Jones, Steve Ellis, William O'connor, Ken Kelly, Jeff Menges, Ryan Pancoast, Steven Belledin, Randy Gallegos, Todd Lockwood

Visit http://www.illuxcon.com/frontpage For information about panels, exhibitors and registration.


July 15, 2010

San Diego Comic Con

July 22-25, 2010
SAN DIEGO Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101


I will be heading off to San Diego Comic Con once again this year and have a lot of new, exciting things to show. I will be featuring a handful of new paintings and prints from my upcoming Art of Middle Earth book, and the Spectrum Booth will be giving away some freebie bookmarks from it. Joining me again this year are Stephan Martiniere and Cathy and Arnie Fenner at the Spectrum Booth. Brom will be signing on Friday from 2-5 and I will be doing a demo on Thursday from 1-3. You can see the full breakdown of events here:

http://www.spectrumfantasticart.com

So stop by booth #4503 if you are at the convention and say hi!

Fangorn

Visit http://www.comic-con.org/ For information about panels, exhibitors and registration.


May 5, 2010

Open Studios for 2010 Atlantic Avenue Artwalk



June 5th- 6th
1pm-6pm
397 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY

Once again I will be opening my studio to the public for the seventh annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk.
Come by to say hello, see some new art and pick up some freebies! I will be showcase numerous new paintings and drawings from my forth coming book, Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth as well as an epic new painting in progress for my first solo show at the Richard Demato Gallery in July.

The Atlantic Avenue artwalk takes you through the historic neighborhoods of Atlantic Avenue in a free tour of open studios, gallery shows, and public art projects. Special events will be held all day and into the night.

A wide range of artists across media will open their studios to the public for a special, rare glimpse into the artist’s workspace and creative process. Events will include live music, film, vibrant public art projects, and activities for families and children of all ages.

Held along the cultural corridor of Atlantic Avenue, visitors can view and buy work, meet the artists and sample the Avenue’s restaurants, shops and bars at their own pace. Participating restaurants and bars offer specials and happy hours to ArtWalkers all weekend.

Check http://www.artwalk2010.com for updates and a list of all the artists participating.


January 27, 2010


Illustration Master Class 2010




June 12-18, 2010
Amherst, MA
The 2010 Illustration Master Class is already looking to be an incredibly exciting week, with only three spots left as of today. We are pleased to welcome back our core group of instructors:

Rebecca Guay
Greg Manchess
Donato Giancola
Julie Bell
Boris Vallejo
Dan Dos Santos
Scott Fischer
Irene Gallo

And exciting new additions:

Master Illustrator James Gurney and Magic the Gathering art director Jeremy Jarvis!

This year's Master Class is currently full. Go to http://illustrationmasterclass.com for more information and to get on the wait list.


November 20, 2009


Photos from Lucca and Illuxcon

I had some amazing trips this last month. The first was Lucca Comics and Games at the end of October in the Tuscany hillsides of Italy and then IlluxCon only a week ago in Pennsylvania.

Lucca is a beautiful city, and the convention there was packed, 140,000 plus attendees! I was so busy enjoying the scenery, company and shopping that I didn't get too many opportunities to play tourist, but here are a few shots from the weekend.
Dinner with Rick Berry, Emanuele, Silvia and the Lucca crew Robot demo! The art auction
View of Lucca from its Guinigi Tower Solo show at the Palazzo Ducale

IlluxCon II was a wonderful opportunity to chat with fellow artists that I don't see very often, meet new people and enjoy a more relaxed convention atmosphere. Thanks to Pat Wilshire for making it happen!

Boris Vallejo painting away Steve Prescott chatting it up. Live bronze pour with Vincent Villafranca!
Dan Dos Santos shows off his beautiful art Raoul Vitale (seated): amazingly nice guy

More information about Illuxcon, its guests and reservations can be found at http://www.illuxcon.com/


December 18, 2009


Donato now showing at the Richard J. Demato Gallery

90 Main Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-1161
Donato has joined a stellar list of artists being represented by Richard Demato in his Sag Harbor Gallery. Donato is currently exhibiting several new works at the gallery, including Allegory of the American Empire, Shaman's Loss, Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep: Sleeper and The Mechanic.

"Allegory for the American Empire"
(The French and Indian War)
36" x 48" Oil on Paper on Panel
© 2004 Ensembles Studios
"Shaman's Loss"
36" x 48" oil on paper on panel
© 2009 Donato Giancola
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Sleeper"
36" x 24" oil on paper on panel
© 2009 Donato Giancola
"Mechanic"
36" x 48" oil on paper on panel
© 2009 Donato Giancola

Visit http://www.rjdgallery.com for more information about the Richard J. Demato gallery and the artists it represents.


July 5, 2009


San Diego Comic Con Photos!

It was another excellent year at San Diego Comic-Con! With attendance capped around 125,000 people, and sold out for two months beforehand, it was packed with fans and professionals ready to land autographs, dress up, attend panels and let their love of art and comics shine. Here are some memorable moments:

Ciruelo and Luis Royo stopped by the booth to say hello, and I got to be a fanboy for a little bit. My booth from the aisle. That kid looks like he doesn't know how to handle all the coolness! Captain Morgan and Red Sonja stopped by to pose with me under my own version of Red Sonja
My good friend and amazing artist Tony Diterlizzi was there promoting his upcoming Meno book. And of course what Comic Con is complete without arm wrestling! Here Rebecca Guay has finally taken Terese Nielsen's championship title.

Check out
http://www.comic-con.org/ for more information about registering for next year...I'll be back!


January 22, 2010




Donato to attend Lunacon 2010

March 19-21, 2010
Hilton Rye Town
Rye Brook, NY
Once again Donato will be attending Lunacon, New York's oldest Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, in Rye Brook, New York this spring. He will be showing work, signing and participating in two panels and a demo:

The Teaching End and the Learning End
Saturday
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Science fiction and fantasy as instructional material in (and out of) the classroom with Laurel Cunningham Hill, Donato Giancola, Leigh Grossman [M], Daniel Kimmel, Lynn E. Cohen Koehler

Smaug Demonstration: A Live Painting Demo
Saturday
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Join Donato Giancola as he shares his technique, palette, and craft while creating an oil painting of the legendary dragon Smaug. From extensive reptile research to observations from life, Donato culls multiple influences to create compelling illusions in his realistic images.


Middle-Earth Slide Show with Donato Giancola
Saturday
8:00 PM-9:00 PM

An installment of Donato Giancola's highly popular lectures discussing recent commissions, classical influences, museum visits, and painting techniques. Recent covers for Phillip K. Dick will be included alongside images produced for LucasFilm, gallery works and Donato's forthcoming book on Middle-Earth.

Stop by and say hello of you are in the area!

Visit http://2010.lunacon.org/ for more information about the convention and to register.


September 3, 2009


Donato wins two Chesley's and a Hugo!
Well this year is turning out to be very good one for awards. I am very honored to announce that I've received the Hugo for Best Professional Artist this year and two Chesley awards. My illustration for The Wraith (J. Robert Lennon -Playboy, 11/2008) won Best Interior Illustration and A Book of Wizards (edited by Marvin Kaye SFBC, April 2008) took home Best Cover Illustration in hardcover. All these awards are huge honors, and I am continually flattered by the community's support of my work.

Best Interior Illustration:
"The Wraith" by J. Robert Lennon
(Playboy, November 2008)
Best Cover Illustration in hardcover
"A Book of Wizards" edited by Marvin Kaye
(SFBC, April 2008)

Visit http://www.asfa-art.org/chesley2009.html and http://www.thehugoawards.org/2009/08/2009-hugo-award-winners/ To see a list of all the winners!


November 8, 2009


Donato to attend Illuxcon

November 12-15, 2009
Altoona Ramada Altoona, PA

The first Illuxcon in 2008 received such great press that I simply couldn't be left out this year. This is the only convention devoted solely to fantastic illustration and is already sporting an impressive guest list such as:

Michael Whelan
Boris Vallejo
Julie Bell
Todd Lockwood,
John Jude Palencar,
Jon Foster
and more!

I will have a booth on the floor where I will be selling prints, drawings and catalogues. I will also have a dozen paintings on display, two of which are new works never before shown.

Additionally I will be participating in a panel and a demonstration:


The Art of Self Promotion
with Donato Giancola, Ruth Sanderson, Caniglia, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell
Friday
10am-12pm, Room 001

Join professional artists and an art director as they discuss, present, and
visualize the various approaches taken to achieve success in a career in the
arts, from book cover commissions, to conventions, to gallery exhibits.

Portraiture: A Live Painting Demo by Donato Giancola
Demonstration 2 hours
Saturday
12pm-2pm, Auditorium

Ever want to get inside the mind of an artist? Aside from a brain transplant, this might be the closest thing...join the artist Donato Giancola as he shares his technique, palette, and craft while creating a portrait. From sketch to finish, the aesthetic and technical decisions the artist makes will be laid bare for observation and comments.

More information about Illuxcon, its guests and reservations can be found at http://www.illuxcon.com/

September 3, 2009


Spectrum Exhibit at Society of Illustrators



September 1st 11, 2009- October 17, 2009

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065




Spectrum is the second exhibit of its kind showcasing some of the best art featured in the annual Spectrum Publication. Created in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner to showcase fantastic-themed art work, Spectrum is now the leading resource for art directors, art buyers, and fans of the genre. Selected pieces are chosen by top jurors in the field and images are produced in the full color book printed annually.

The SPECTRUM exhibit features a selection of over 120 works from both legendary artists and talented newcomers from the last four annuals. Divided into seven categories, the exhibit showcases multi-media works including original art in both traditional and digital medium, video, 3D, comics and graphic novels. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale and many more. The artwork will be on display from September 1 through October 17, 2009. A percentage of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.

For more information about this and other events at the Society of Illustrators and to get tickets, visit http://societyillustrators.org



September 3, 2009


Events at the Society of Illustrators:

Spectrum Show opening and Art Out Loud

September 1st 11, 2009- October 17, 2009
Opening Reception: September 11, 6-11 pm
Art Out Loud: September 12th 1:00 -- 5:00pm

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065





Lots of events happening at the Society of Illustrators this month. First is the much anticipated second Spectrum Exhibit. Created in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner to showcase fantastic-themed art work, Spectrum is now the leading resource for art directors, art buyers, and fans of the genre. Selected pieces are chosen by top jurors in the field and images are produced in the full color book printed annually.



The SPECTRUM exhibit features a selection of over 120 works from both legendary artists and talented newcomers from the last four annuals. Divided into seven categories, the exhibit showcases multi-media works including original art in both traditional and digital medium, video, 3D, comics and graphic novels. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale and many more. The artwork will be on display from September 1 through October 17, 2009. In conjunction with the exhibit the Society will hold an Opening Reception on Friday, September 11, 2009. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for members, and are limited. A percentage of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.


The next big event is the 6th Art Out Loud painting demo, and this one's a winner. I will be joined by four other heavy hitters in the industry in a four hour painting demo:

James Gurney

Sam Weber

Charles Vess

Greg Manchess


This promises to be an amazing event!


Unfortunately this Art Out Loud event has already sold out, but keep your eyes on the SOI website for more events like this in the future.


For more information about these and other events at the Society of Illustrators and to get tickets, visit http://societyillustrators.org






July 17, 2009


Lucca Comics and Games



October 29-November 1, 2009

Lucca, Italy



I am pleased to announce that I will be venturing overseas to be an artist guest at Lucca's annual Comics and Games convention this fall.


From the 2008 event:

Almost four hundred exhibitors from all over the world, spread out over 18,000 square metres of covered area, large exhibitions mounted in important buildings in the historic centre of Lucca, meetings and discussions, innumerable new publications, meeting with the many authors who take part in the exhibition, more than 400 accredited journalists and more than 100,000 visitors - these are the current statistics for LUCCA COMICS & GAMES, statistics that have made Lucca a must for cartoonists, game writers, publishers, scholars, opinion leaders and fans.


In addition to attending, I will also be partnering with the city of Lucca in organizing a special exhibit at the Palazzo Ducale, featuring the largest display of my works ever. I will post more information as I have it, but this will be an amazing event!


Visit http://lucca09.luccacomicsandgames.com/ for more information about Lucca, the events and guests.
























June 25, 2009


Mind Machine Exhibition at
Distinction Gallery in San Diego



July 11, 2009- August 1, 2009

Reception: July 11, 6-11 pm


317 East Grand Avenue

Escondid, CA 92025








It has been a good year for interesting exhibits so far, and the Mind Machine show at Distinction Gallery looks to be no exception. I will be joining such big names as Roel Jovellanos, Android Jones,Nathan Wragg, Edwin Rosell, Joseph Watson, Thomas Sincich and more in displaying some new works created especially for this show.











For more information about the show and Distinction Gallery, visit http://www.distinctionart.com





June 25, 2009


San Diego Comic Con






JULY 23-26

Preview Night: July 22

San Diego
Convention Center

111 W. Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101



Well it's that time of year again! Once more I will be trekking out to sunny San Diego to show some art, meet some folks and sign things. I will be showing a number of new paintings this year:















I will also be premiering a number of new drawings which I will be selling at exclusive San Diego Comic Con prices. Additionally, the lovely Cathy and Arnie Fenner next door at the Spectrum booth will be hosting three painting demonstrations througout the weekend featuring Brom, Rick Berry and myself. So please come by booth #4503 to say hello!

This year's Comic Con is sold out, but if you already have passes, visit http://www.comic-con.org/ for more information about the panels, events and guests.






April 16, 2009


Donato to appear at Sony Online Entertainment's
Las Vegas Fan Faire


June 26-27

Bally's Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada








I have been invited to participate in this year's annual Fan Faire in Las Vegas. I will be there Friday and Saturday sketching and signing so if you are around, stop by and say hello!

Visit http://events.station.sony.com/fanfaire/ for more information about the Faire and how to register.





May 15, 2009


Open Studios during Atlantic Avenue Artwalk


Saturday and Sunday
June 6-7 from 1-6pm


Portrait Drawing Demonstration from 2-3 pm on Saturday


397 Pacific Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217



Once again I will be opening my studio up for the sixth annual Atlantic Avenue Art Walk. Several new pieces and works in progress will be premiered, as well as dozens of drawings, paintings and hundreds of prints offered for sale at discounted prices. A unique chance to select and own a beautiful piece of art from the studio which has never been placed before the public. Below are a few of the images I will be featuring:


























ArtWalk is a self-guided tour of open artist studios and area exhibitions, a range of public art projects, special events, with local merchants hosting a range of artwork and events. ArtWalk provides a relaxed setting for dialogue, collecting, and for artists to discuss current bodies of work, while offering viewers a glimpse into the creation process.

ArtWalk includes artists across all media, participatory events, film, public art, live music, and activities for families and children of all ages. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, view and buy work, meet the artists and sample the Avenue's restaurants, shops and bars at their own pace.

Visit http://atlanticavenueartwalk.com/home/ for more information about the events and artists participating.






Illustration Master Class 2009




June 15th- 21st, 2009


Amherst, MA






The inaugural Illustration Master Class of 2008 was such an astounding success that we have decided to put it on again this summer with a few new faculty members and guest lecturers. Joining the man faculty are:


Rebecca Guay

Charles Vess

Greg Manchess

Donato Giancola

Julie Bell

Boris Vallejo


With special guests:

Dan Dos Santos

Scott Fischer

Irene Gallo

Jon Foster

Michael Whelan



See the Master Class website at www.illustrationmasterclass.com for more information and registration.









March 26, 2009


Donato nominated for a 2009 Hugo
for Best Professional Artist









It is an honor to announce that I have been nominated for the Hugo for Best Professional Artist this year. The Hugo Awards are voted on by the thousands of members of the current Worldcon which is also responsible for administering them. Given annually since 1955, they are one of science fiction's most prestigious award.

Eligible work that was published during the last year:













This year I am in very good company, as the other four nominees are exceptional artists whom I admire as well:

Daniel Dos Santos

Bob Eggleton

John Picacio

Shaun Tan

(Stephan Martiniere was nominated as well, but stepped aside after winning last year)

Good luck to everyone nominated this year, it is certainly a very deserving group!


Visit http://www.thehugoawards.org/ for more information about the Hugos and a list of all the nominees.





November 19, 2008


Donato wins five Chesleys!
















I am very honored to announce that of the five illustrations nominated for Chesleys this year, all five brought home the award!
The awards are as follows:


"The Outback Stars": Best Cover Illustration-Hardback Book, author Sandra McDonald, Tor, 4/07

"Crystal Dragon" : Best Cover Illustration-Paperback Book, author Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Ace, 11/07

"Red Sonja" : Best Unpublished Work -Color

"Season of Change": Best Unpublished Work -Monochrome

"Vanguard: Saga of Heroes": Best Gaming-Related Illustration, Sigil Games Online








My congratulations to the other winners this year:


Best Cover Illustration - Magazine

Cory and Catska Ench, Fantasy & Science Fiction, 3/07

Best Interior Illustration

James Gurney, "Dinotopia ;Journey to Chandara", Andrews McMeel, 9/07

Best Product Illustration

Todd Lockwood, "War of Angels", poster for Bullseye Tattoo

Best Three Dimensional Art

Vincent Villafranca, "Conscious Entity and Its Maker", Bronze

Best Art Director

Irene Gallo, Tor Books

Award for Artistic Achievement

Michael Wm. Kaluta


The Chesley, named in honor of Chesley Bonestell, is the only science fiction/fantasy art award voted on by the artists themselves. The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists has sponsored the Chesleys since 1984. This was an unexpected honor, and has left me feeling extremely grateful, if still a little bit floored, as the competition was heavily laden with talent.







August 13, 2008


San Diego Comic Con 2008.


Comic-Con was great! But you all know that....I've attached a few pics from the event, but unfortunately never got some of Irene wrestling Dan. I think I was too focused on cheerleading :)

Got to meet some awesome people, including John Howe and Greg Broadmore (you all know him as the creator of Doctor Grordbort's ray gun's) and the demos were all amazing... As much as I hate the cost of attending every year, can't imagine not being there for all the cool stuff and hanging with so many friends.























Chuck Berry, Jon Foster and Greg Manchess drawing huge crowds with their demos.

You can see Jon's demo here: http://tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=2845

And Greg's demo here: http://tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=2734






Greg Broadmore with his new line of state of the art ray-guns from Weta Workshop.







June 3, 2008


Donato wins the Society of Illustrators Hamilton King Award for "Golden Rose".




Donato Giancola will be honored with the Hamilton King Award by the Society of Illustrators in June for his painting "The Golden Rose". The award will be presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with the induction of new members to the Society's Hall of Fame.

The honor, created in 1965 by Mrs. Hamilton King in memory of her husband through a bequest, is presented annually for the best illustration of the year by a member of the Society which has been selected for inclusion in the Illustrators annual. In many ways a "best of show" award, the selection is made by former recipients and may be won only once.


Not only considered a significant peer-to-peer honor, the Hamilton King Award is widely seen as a major career benchmark. A list of past winners which includes Kinuko Craft, Michael Deas and Gregory Manchess reads like a Who's Who of the illustration community. Besides being scheduled to appear in Illustrators 50, the painting will also turn up in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual.


Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame: http://societyillustrators.org/honors/hof/index.cms





February 27 2009


Donato to attend Lunacon 2009




March 20th- 22th, 2009


699 Westchester Avenue


Rye Brook, New York, 10573


1-800-445-8667






Once again I will be attending Lunacon in Rye, New York. In addition to having some work in the Art Show, I will be participating in the following programs:


3/21/2009

Mermaid Demonstration: A Live Painting Demo by Donato Giancola


10am-12pm

Birch Room


Join Donato as he shares his technique, palette, and craft while creating an oil painting of a mermaid. From extensive fish research to observations from life, Donato culls multiple influences to create compelling illusions in his realistic images.


Evolution of a Drawing

4-6pm

Birch Room




Performing live, top artists in the book cover field share their technique, knowledge and approach to producing skillfully drafted drawings. From sketch to finish, the aesthetic and technical decisions the artists make will be laid bare for observation and comments. A wonderful insight into the foundations laid for book illustration by the modern artist.


Participants:

Joseph Bellofatto, Larry Dixon, Bob Eggleton, Donato Giancola, Tom Kidd, John Pierard,



Please visit www.lunacon.org/index.html For more information.









January 30, 2009


Boskone 46




February 13th-15th, 2009


Westin Waterfront

Boston, MA











I am attending Boskone once again this year and will be joining my friends for a number of interesting programs:

Evolution of a Drawing

Friday 8pm



Daniel Dos Santos

Donato Giancola

Stephan Martiniere


Performing live, top artists in the book cover field share their
techniques, knowledge, and approaches to producing skillfully
drafted drawings. The aesthetic and technical decisions made will be
laid bare for observation and comments, giving a wonderful insight
into the foundations laid for book illustration in the genre today.




Sketch to Finish

Saturday 3pm


Daniel Dos Santos

Donato Giancola

Stephan Martiniere

David R. Seeley


Enjoy an entertaining and comprehensive look on the processes and
techniques used by some modern masters. A roller coaster ride of
images will trace their work from abstract sketch to final drawing
to finish in oil paint/photoshop/acrylics. This presentation bares
the working secrets or these artists, and reveals just how similarly
they all work, regardless of media.



The Art Department Interviews Irene Gallo

Sunday 11am


Irene Gallo

Donato Giancola

Stephan Martiniere

David R. Seeley


Fellow professionals will engage in a raw (or heated) discussion
with Irene Gallo,the most popular and respected art director in the
field today. What does she have to say about the state of the
industry? How has she advanced the appreciation of the arts in the
illustration field -- from book publishing to conventions to board
memberships to gallery exhibits? Find out how she serves up the best
-- in art.




Master Class in SF Art - Amherst

Sunday 2pm


Irene Gallo

Donato Giancola

Find out about an amazing week-long immersion course in art held
this past year. What is it like to work 15 hours a day for a full
week -- and still want more? Images of what transpired, as well as
how to get in on the next experience, will be shared.




For more information about the convention and to register, please visit http://www.nesfa.org/Boskone/






January 9, 2009


Group Show at the Wendt Gallery




January 15th- February 15th, 2009


1550 S Coast Hwy

Laguna Beach, CA

(949) 497-4292



Gallery Hours:

Monday thru Wednesday 10am - 5pm

Thursday thru Sunday 10am - 6pm









This year I have been graciously invited by Serina and Joseph Manqueros to participate in the 2009 Annual Winter Exhibition at the Wendt Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. I have spent the last few months of 2008 creating five new paintings to premiere at the show: "Progeny", "Autumn", "Perseverance", "Sandstorm" and "Venus Awakening". In addition to these new paintings, I will also be showing part of my "Water" triptych.

















Some of the other amazing artists participating are:

Denise Pettee

Jim Pennington

Kathy Anderson

Karl Dempwolf

Yin Yong Chung

Joseph Todorovitch

Daniel Greene

Frank Mason

Casey Baugh

Jacqueline Kamin

Gregg Kreutz

and

Travis Seymour



For more information about the show and other artists participating, please visit http://wendtgallery.com/shows/winterexhibition2009/








July 17, 2008



Donato at San Diego Comic Con 2008




July 24-27

San Diego Convention Center


Booth #4503

San Diego, CA





Once again Donato will be participating in San Diego's Comic Con International, this will be his 10th straight year attending! In celebration, Donato has just released Legends, his first portfolio bringing together eight of his most popular and powerful images of imaginary realism. The large 12 x 16 inch prints are elegantly produced on archival, heavy stock paper, and feature the best of Donato's fantasy women from book covers to private commissions to trading card art.


Also in celebration of this event, Donato has just completed a new painting of Iron Man to be premiered at the ComicCon. This is his first interpretation of this character since his childhood drawings over 20 years ago. The work of John Romita Jr. and Bob Layton on Iron Man in the 80's was a huge influence on his artistic development and is the direct reason Donato loves to create shiny metal robots and suits of armor to this day. It was a real pleasure for him to revisit his old friend.

Iron Man as well as other original works of art, the Legends portfolio, and a huge selection of prints will be showcased at Donato Arts booth #4503. Stop by to get some art signed or just say hello!



UPDATE: As a promotion for Tor.com, Tor's art director Irene Gallo asked Donato to paint an Asus mini computer which you can win! This will be on display at San Diego Comic Con at the Tor booth where you can sign up to win it. You can also sign-up online to win at Tor.com. Check out Irene's post on the computer at igallo.blogspot.com and watch the video of the computer being painted here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL6mW8ng-Xw


Also Spectrum, as part of our large booth #4503, will be hosting live art demonstrations throughout the convention with masterful talent!

Thursday, 3:00-4:30 Jon Foster

Friday 3:00-4:30 Rick Berry

Saturday 12:00-1:30 Donato Giancola (compositional drawing)

Saturday, 3:00-4:30 Stephan Martiniere (creature development)

Sunday 11:00-12:30 Greg Manchess

It will be a mind-blowing fun time!


Please visit www.comic-con.org/ for more information on the convention.










Illustration Master Class to feature Donato
and many notable industry professionals

June 16-22 2008

Amherst, MA



A week long intensive Master Class in June will feature Donato Giancola and a hand full of other talented artists from the science fiction and fantasy genre. A full schedule of classes and lectures will be available to all attendees: figure drawing from an illustration perspective, use of reference, drawing from the imagination, digital and traditional painting technique, live demos and industry q&a, as well as extensive individual one on one critiques. Donato will be presenting live demonstrations and illuminate his approaches to figurative abstraction and referencing as he lays out a typical commission. Other such painting masters as Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, and Rebecca Guay and more will be joining the faculty to provide expert classes and insight into art and the illustration industry.


For more information about the Master Class and to download a registration form please visit: http://illustrationmasterclass.com/

The number of attendees is now closed at 70.









Open Studio in June and
Portraiture: A Live Painting Demonstration




June 7-8

1pm-6pm


Demo on June 7

2pm-4pm

Donato Arts

397 Pacific Street

Brookyn, NY 11217

Once again Donato will be opening his studio to the public for the annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk. Drop by to meet Donato, tour the studio, and see his original art. Many new works including those pictured below will be on display along with some of Donato's classic pieces. Prints and catalogues will be also available for purchase.

Additionaly on Saturday June 7th from 2-4pm you can join Donato Giancola in his studio as he shares his technique, palette, and craft while creating an oil painted portrait. From extensive research to observations from life, the artist culls multiple influences to create compelling visuals in his realistic images. Donato's paintings have garnered numerous awards and graced hundreds of products from book covers like The Lord of the Rings to illustrations for National Geographic, StarWars Galaxies, and The United Nations. From the great figuration of Rubens to the abstraction of Modrian, see how this contemporary artist blends these traditional influences with the fascinating worlds of science fiction and fantasy today.



ARTWALK08 is a tour of open studios, gallery shows, public art projects, and
special events around Atlantic Avenue featuring over 200 artists. It was designed to build awareness of the depth of historic Atlantic Avenue's cultural corridor by revealing its vibrancy and diversity, and develop a greater sense of community. The tour affords visitors new to Brooklyn and the locals alike the opportunity to meet their neighbors in the creative community, when artists and workshops around Atlantic Avenue open their doors to the public. Additionally, area organizations and businesses will host local artists' work and receptions, and many restaurants and bars will offer special rates to ArtWalkers throughout the weekend..

Please visit www.atlanticavenueartwalk.com for more information on the walk and all the artists participating.







April 16, 2008


ConComics 2008 in Guadalajara

May 23-25

Guadalajara, Mexico

Donato will be a special guest at the 2008 annual ConComic Convention in Guadalajara, Mexico where he will be displaying artwork, providing various lectures, and be available for signings.


For more information about ConComics 2008, including registration and directions please visit: http://www.concomics.com/gdl/indexgdl.html






Donato teaches a four day intensive class in portraiture at the Southern Vermont Art Center

July 30-August 2

Manchester, VT



This class will provide an in-depth exploration of the contemporary and historical approaches to portraiture. Emphasis will be upon figurative narration, draftsmanship, aesthetics of abstraction and contextualization as a generated through the traditional media of drawing and painting. Assignments will lead the student through the sketch, reference, preliminary and finishing stages of a portrait. Imaginative developement within these parameters will be stressed.


July 30-August 2

Wednesday-Saturday

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Minimum 7 students, maximum 12

$485 members

$500 non-members


To register for the class and find more information about the Southern Vermont Arts Center, visit: http://www.svac.org/index.htm






March 5, 2008


Lunacon 2008

March 14-16 2008

Rye, New York

Donato will be attending the 2008 annual Lunacon Convention in Rye, New York and giving various lectures and demonstrations on Saturday:



1-2 pm
Maple



The Art Department: An Interview with Irene Gallo



Engage in discussion with Irene Gallo, the most popular and respected art director in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy. This interview will illuminate the depth to which Irene Gallo has advanced the appreciation of the arts in the illustration field from book publishing to conventions to board memberships to gallery exhibits. Find out what makes her the best...



Irene Gallo, Donato Giancola[M]




3-4pm
Mianus River



Evolution of a Drawing



Performing live, top artists in the book cover field share their technique, knowledge and approach to producing skillfully drafted drawings. From sketch to finish, the aesthetic and technical decisions the artists make will be laid bare for observation and comments. A wonderful insight into the foundations laid for book illustration by the modern artist.
Bob Eggleton, Donato Giancola[M], Bruce Jensen




4pm
Brundage A



Art in the Information Age



The digital revolution isn't just affecting communication. All forms of media have felt its effects, including the realm of genre art. Several of the top names in the field discuss just how the digital age is changing the field.



Irene Gallo, Donato Giancola, Karl Kofoed, Dave Seeley, Diane Weinstein





For more information about Lunacon 2008, including registration and directions please visit: http://www.lunacon.org/








"Golden Rose" receives recognition and awards


"The Golden Rose", a book cover published by Tor Books for the novel of the same name by Kathleen Bryan has been garnering some very positive recognition lately. It has recently won the "Best in Show" award at the World Fantasy Convention Art Show in Saratoga, the Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and will be also be appearing in "Illustrator's 50" the New York Society of Illustrator's juried annual of the year's best illustrations.







First Issue Ceremony for Donato's United Nations Stamps


October 25, 2007

11am-12pm

Madison Square Garden

New York, NY


Donato will be a guest speaker at the first issue presentation of the new United Nations stamps that he designed in recognition of the anniversary of the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, 50 years ago this month. The "Space for Humanity" stamps portray a fine artistic rendering of space exploration in Donato's unique style, and will be issues in six denominations here in the United States, Switzerland and Austria. The original art consisted of a triptych portraying various aspects of humanities wonder and understanding of the universe. In addition to speaking at the launch, Donato will be available to sign customers' first day covers after the ceremony at the UNPA stamp booth.



To purchase the Space for Humanity stamps, please visit unstamps.un.org/UNPACommerce after October 25th.





Donato at World Fantasy Con 2007




November 1-4, 2007

Saratoga Springs, New York


Donato will be participating in the 2007 World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York. Planned for exhibit are never before displayed covers of The High King's Tomb and The Name of the Wind, as well as a handfull of other new works.
Donato will also be involved in two panels:


THURSDAY, 8 PM. City Center A


The Evolution of a Drawing

Performing live, top artists in the book cover field share their technique, knowledge and approach to producing skillfully drafted drawings. From sketch to finish, the aesthetic and technical decisions the artists make will be laid bare for observation and comments. A wonderful insight into the foundations laid for book illustration by the modern artist.

Bob Eggleton, Donato Giancola, Shaun Tan



SATURDAY, 4 PM. City Center A


The Digital Divide

Are computers creating a seismic shift in the creation of sf/f art, or are they just another tool in the artist's paint box? Hear some candid opinions (voices may be raised, tears may be shed!) about the digital revolution taking place in the field, from some of the best of today's artists and professionals.

Jill Bauman, Les Edwards, Bob Eggleton, Jane Frank (M), Donato Giancola



For more information about the convention, please visit http://www.lastsfa.org/wfc2007/






Solo Exhibition with Lecture and Demo
Vermont Festival of the Arts



July 21 - August 19, 2007


Opening Reception
July 21st
2- 4 pm


Southern Vermont Arts Center

P.O. Box 617

West Road

Manchester, Vermont 05254

802-362-1405


Donato will be exhibiting recent and retrospective works at the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Yester House Gallery and Elizebeth de C. Wilson Museum, as well as staging other events on the opening day, July 21st.



Demonstration 10am-12pm


A live oil painting demonstration will illuminate how Donato uses various references to make his paintings come alive and how he utilizes glazing techniques to achieve translucent colors. From sketch to finish, the aesthetic and technical decisions the artist makes will be laid bare for observation and comments.



Classicalism in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Lecture 12:30-1:30pm


Donato will present a comprehensive slide lecture on the classical and modern influences in his art; from the great figuration of Rubens to the portraiture of Rembrandt. See how Donato, as a contemporary artist, blends these traditional influences with the fascinating worlds of science fiction and fantasy to become one of the most talented and respected artists working in the field.
Please visit www.svac.org for more information and www.svac.org/directions for directions.







Microvisions Auction to raise money
for the Society of Illustrators' Student Scholorship Fund



Last year, artist Dan Dos Santos and Tor artistic director Irene Gallo asked a group of artists to dedicate their time and talent to help raise money for the Society of Illustrators' student scholarship fund. Each artist created a 5x7 painting that was exhibited at the Society for a month and then auctioned on eBay. That auction raised $5,700.00 for art students.



They are very excited to announce this year's auction is now up and running on eBay. Ten paintings and one sculpture. All were on display at the Society throughout June. All proceeds will go to help the next generation of illustrators.



Auction deadline: July 21
Click here. Or search "MicroVisions" on eBAy.



This year's participants are:








Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai

Tristan Elwell

Eric Fortune

Donato Giancola

Rebecca Guay

John Harris


Steve Hickman

Bruce Jensen

Tom Kidd

Red Nose Studio

Dave Seeley




SAN DIEGO COMICCON



July 25 - 29, 2007







Donato Giancola will once again attend Comic-Con International in
San Diego, California July 25-29, 2007 for his 9th straight year! Look for him on the main floor, Booth 5001, throughout all five days of the convention alongside his friends, Stephan Martiniere, Jon Foster, Dan Dos Santos, and new additions, Cathy and Arnie Fenner of Spectrum! Original art will be on display and available for purchase from ground breaking commissions, including book covers, concept designs, and numerous personal projects. Based upon critical response to Donato's annual catalogues of work, another 24 page book featuring dragons and new works of art is being issued in a limited edition of 1000 copies, signed and numbered.

Do not miss this masterful presentation of the very best of contemporary science fiction and fantasy art and the chance to meet and talk with Donato face to face.




DRAGONS AND RECENT WORKS 2007

NEW CATALOGUE!





Open Studio in June




June 9-10, 2007

1pm-6pm

Brooklyn, NY

Once again Donato wil be opening his studio to the public for the annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk. Drop by to meet Donato, tour the studio and see his original art. Many new works including those pictured below will be on display along with some of Donato's classic pieces. Prints and catalogues will be also available for purchase, including the new limited edition print of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.



ARTWALK07 is a tour of open studios, gallery shows, public art projects, and
special events on Atlantic Avenue featuring over 175 artists.


A wide range of artists across media will open their studios to the public
for a special, rare glimpse into the artist's workspace and creative
process. Programming also includes music, film, vibrant public art
projects, and activities for families and children of all ages.

Please visit www.atlanticavenueartwalk.com for more information on the walk and all the artists participating.







"Amazing Visions"
Group show at Roq La Rue Gallery



April 13, 2007

Seattle, Washington


Donato will be joining such artists as James Gurney, Brom and Michael Whelan in this group show co-curated by Travis Louie. Visit www.roqlarue.com for more information.







Science Fiction Night at the Society of Illustrators



Thursday March 1, 2007

Society of Illustrators

128 East 63rd Street

New York, NY 10025

212.828.2560


Members' Gallery 6pm-?

Come join Donato and other science fiction professionals, such as the respected art director Irene Gallo and artists Gregory Manchess and Dan Dos Santos, for an evening of casual dialog and to celebrate Donato's solo exhibit in the 3rd floor member's gallery. Event starts at 6pm. Please see the Society website at www.societyillustrators.org for directions.

Rsvp to Donato at 718.797.2438 or email: donato@donatoart.com








Solo show at the Society of Illustrators



February 20-March 9th, 2007

Society of Illustrators

128 East 63rd Street

New York, NY 10025

212.828.2560

A selection of Donato's recent paintings will be on display in the Members' Gallery at the Society of Illustrators from February to March. Please see the Society Website at www.societyillustrators.org for more information.











Donato at Lunacon 50



March 16-18, 2007

Rye, New York


Donato will be conducting lectures and showing his art at the 50th annual Lunacon. please visit Lunacon.org for more information and schedules.







November, 2006


Donato's "Prometheus" is featured on the cover of the 13th Annual Spectrum, a collection of the year's best Science Fiction and Fantasy art.

More information on Spectrum and the artists featured can be found at www.spectrumfantasticart.com. Or visit www.budplant.com to order your copy of Spectrum.








2006 Chesley and Hugo Awards Received at WorldCon



August 24, 2006

Anaheim, California


Donato has just been awarded the 2006 Chesley Award for Best Magazine Cover, from the Association of Science Ficiton and Fantasy Artists, for his self generated work Prometheus which appeared as the August 2005 cover to Asimov's Science Ficition. This painting has garnered numerous recognitions from a Gold Medal in Spectrum to being placed on temporary loan in the New York Hall of Science, where it is currently on view. This peer award is the highest of its kind in the industry.

Also received this weekend at the World Science Ficiton Convention, was the long expected Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist. Voted upon by the membership of WorldCon, only four other artists have received this award over the past twenty-five years.





Spectrum Gold Medal



April 2006

Kansas City, Kansas


The jury for the thirteenth annual Spectrum competition convened in Kansas City, MO on the weekend March 3, 2006 to make their selections from over 4000 works of fantastic-themed art for this year's book. The jury has given special recognition for superior achievement in the Advertising category to Donato Giancola for his painting 'Prometheus'. The artist will receive a Spectrum Gold Award sculpted by Joseph DeVito and Tom Banwell. The jury consisted of Brom [artist], Bruce Jensen [artist], Christopher Klein [artist/art director NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC], Heidi MacDonald [journalist], Stephan Martiniere [artist], and Meg Walsh [artist]. Art works created by jurors were excluded from consideration for awards. All of the art selected by the judges will be included in Spectrum 13: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art to be published by Underwood Books of Nevada City, CA in October, 2006. The series' editors are Cathy and Arnie Fenner.
For more info on Spectrum visit:

spectrumfantasticart.com









 
Balance of Trade at the Society of Illustrators



Through April 29, 2006

Society of Illustrators

128 East 63rd Street

New York, NY 10025

212.828.2560

The 48th Annual Illustrators exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, Institutional category, is now hanging the month of April. Donato's award winning painting Balance of Trade will be displayed: a major book cover created for the novel authored by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

societyillustrators.org






The Art of Science Fiction



April 1, 2006 - June 30, 2006


New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street

Queens, NY 11368

718.699.0005

Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Museum hours:
Tuesday - Thursday
9:30 am - 2 pm

Friday
9:30 am - 5 pm (free 2 - 5 pm)

Saturday & Sunday
10 am - 6 pm (free Sunday 10 - 11 am)

Closed Monday


The NY Hall of Science in Queens New york will host this prestigious show which first appeared at the New York Academy of Sciences in 2005. This exhibition offers a close look at the eye-catching and exotic images that often illuminate science fiction and how the concepts depicted are grounded in real science. Curated by Vincent Difate, one of the world's leading painters of futuristic themes and whose book,Infinite Worlds is considered the definitive volume on the subject.
Artists represented within the show include Donato Giancola, Wayne Barlow, Michael Whelan, John Berkey, Dean Ellis, Murray Tinkelman, Vincent Difate, Paul Lehr, Richard Powers, John Shoenherr, and Gene Szafran. Featured are some of the most famous images from each artist as well as five of Donato's exceptional paintings: Psychohistorical Crisis,Contruct of Time, Otherness, Lethe and Ringworld Engineers. A slide show of the old exhibit is available on the Academy website.


For more information on the museum visit:

NY Hall of Science