After the first portrait I drew in my high school art class, I became captivated with the challenge of photorealistic drawing and the meticulous attention to detail that it required. The labor-intensive commitment to photorealism caused me to feel driven to continue improving my technique. In college I spent a majority of my free time drawing portraits with colored pencil. Being in the age of growing social media platforms, I decided to share my lengthy process online through time-lapse videos. I began drawing and filming portraits of people that a broad audience would be familiar with, including celebrities, athletes, and public figures. To my surprise, my work began to attract a large audience, with videos surpassing 1 million views. Along with my studies as an art student, I continued doing this throughout my college career. This generated a large global audience for my work, with over 1 million subscribers.
I received my B.A. in Studio Art at Emmanuel College, in the vibrant city of Boston, Massachusetts.
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Paul was born in 1965 and lives in Nottinghamshire, England. In 2007 he renewed his interest in art, and after a period of two years decided to pursue art education by enrolling in a Fine Art degree course at Nottingham University.
He continues to work on the degree course, and while taking a break from it, he has set up a small drawing workshop. This has driven him in the direction of developing a traditional method of cast and still life work that incorporates modern concepts. Paul is very interested in modern American artists who show a resurgence into Realism. He attributes this to the fact that he did not take technique based drawing courses or workshops in the UK.
Although he is inspired by the “traditional great masters,” he is just as much inspired by modern American artists and says “their so-called outdated classical approach is still very much alive and thriving.” This has given him the confidence to develop in the direction of a traditional style with modern conceptual thinking for his work and his drawing workshops.
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Kristina Carroll received her BFA from the School of the Visual Arts in New York City and now works out of Boston as an illustrator and fine artist. She has shown in Museums and galleries across the US and worked for clients such as Wizards of the Coast, Alderac Entertainment and Fantasy Flight Games. She was awarded a Bronze Medal from Illustration West, was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon and has also been included in the Leurzer’s Archive of 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide. Kristina has taught a variety of courses at colleges around New England and currently teaches in the illustration department at Montserrat college of art.
Her work can be seen at www.kristinacarrollart.com
Peter Johannes Bucks was born in the city of Chicago in 1971 and grew up in the neighborhood of Albany Park located on the city’s North Side. Peter’s father, also an artist, and an immigrant of Germany was trained in the traditions of the German Impressionist Heinrich Deege. While growing up, Peter was taught the fundamentals of perspective and proportions.
In 1989 Peter Bucks submitted a still life in the medium of watercolor for the Fifth Congressional Art Contest and placed third overall. The painting was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter was awarded an American Flag which was flown over the Capitol in his name. In fall of 1990 Peter Bucks was accepted at Ray College of Design and studied to become a professional artist under the supervision and teachings of Fine Artist, Bruno Surdo.
While studying, Peter was also instructed by illustrators Thomas Gianni, Kurt Mitchell, and Fine Artist Don Pollack. In Spring of 1994 Peter graduated and began a professional freelance career illustrating for various companies and agencies in the Chicagoland area. In 1996 Peter achieved a full time position at Skyline Design where he learned the principles of building stain glass windows, sandblasting glass, faux finishing, and painting large scale murals. Many of Peter’s commercial works from Skyline Design are scattered throughout the United States and Europe.
Currently Peter has been working on private commissions, and on various illustrations on a freelance basis. Peter is also currently an associate member of the American Watercolor Society.
I consider myself to be a student of the world, happily ignoring any attempt at “photographic” representation. In fact, I’m quite content directing my attention toward the mood or quality of a particular place and moment. The energy of a mark or brush stroke is more interesting to me than the labor of highly rendered “finished” pieces. A decision to leave such preciousness behind has been a conscious one, as was the choice of simple tools used to realize such expression: a fountain pen, a tiny watercolor kit, a sketchbook made by hand from my favorite paper.
My blog, Just Sketching, featuring quick sketches of life, can be found at https://justsketches.wordpress.com