I had the good fortune to be able to watch the first edition of this series. Even though the DVD's seem to be targeted towards concept artists, I would have to say this series would be extremely useful for any fine artist who intends on painting narrative works. He gives you a lot to think about in terms of composition, design, expression, planning, and story. This is not a purely technical DVD, as it will take you through the processes needed to put the images in your mind into something visual.
One of my favorite points he makes about expression is how it has to be read in context. He discusses the idea that if you were to take an actor with a rather neutral expression, then put him in various contexts, the viewer will read his emotion differently each time (even if the whole time he has the same expression). Basically, you don't need someone screaming with rage and pulling their hair out to show anger. In addition, he manages to get me extremely emotionally invested in the characters he is talking about.
This is literally the only art instructional video I could watch the entire way through without taking a break. It moved very well, and before I knew it, 2 hours had passed. In addition, it has great re-watch appeal.
Iain Mccaig was the creative force behind the new Star Wars movie. He designed Death Maul and many of the stunning costumes of the film. He is a veteran concept artist and storyteller.
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