Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fantasy Art Master: Dan Dos Santos Repost from ...The desk of Dragon One

Dan Dos Santos 

I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting our feature artist Dan Dos Santos at Dragon Con in Downtown Atlanta. He was the first artist I saw at the convention and I was awe struck by his talent, his body of work and the vividness of his art. I was like a little kid again as I poured over his paintings. The last artist who had such an impact on me was Frank Fazetta. I could not believe how detailed his art was when I found out he painted them in oil. We talked for a long time and I found him very personable and helpful, especially when I shared with him that I sponsor an Art Club at my school. I am a proud owner of some of his work and will continue to collect his work..

His webpage site "The Art of Dan Dos Santos" is informative and educational with a special short video clip showing how he paints his work. His blog site "Muddy Colors, An Illustration Collection" is full of great art, insightful commentary on varying artists, their art and great information about the art community. Aside from freelance illustration, Dan also co-hosts a series of instructional demonstrations called "Art Out Loud."

(edited from his Bio Page)

Dan's work spans a variety of genres, including novels, comics and film. He has worked for clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Boeing Aircraft, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scholastic Books, The Greenwich Workshop, Penguin Books, Random House, Tor Books, Upper Deck, Wizards of the Coast, and DC Comics.

Dan began at an early age it was pretty apparent that drawing was a talent he possessed early on. Growing up, he spent nearly all of his spare time drawing his favorite cartoon characters. By his teenage years he moved onto comic books, a passion he still holds clear.

His local high school sponsored a program called "Careers in Art." The program placed students in a weekly internship with a design company or working professional. It was through this program that he met his long term mentor and learned the basics of illustration, and thus decided to choose that as his major in college.

Later he convinced his parents to help pay for art school. He attended the School of Visual Arts from 1996- 2000. College is where he honed his skills and love for the traditional art of oil painting. He graduated the top of his class with a degree in illustration, and received that years "Special Achievement" award in his major.

After Graduation, with some scholarship money in his pocket, he began his career painting portraits out of his parents' basement. Eventually he rented a studio, and found a gallery to represent his art and start pursuing his dream of becoming an illustrator.

Dan has been the recipient of many awards. Recently he has received a 2010 Silver Medal from Spectrum, the 2007 Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist, and was the Chesley Award winner for the Best Paperback Cover of 2007. His illustrations have graced the #1 spot on the New York Times' Best Seller list numerous times.

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