Our first demonstrator for 2018 was local artist and teacher Rob Wood. Rob has been a member of the Society of Illustrators since 1989 and has had his work accepted in their Annual Illustration Exhibition numerous times. He has received awards for excellence from Communication Arts Magazine, the New York Art Directors Club, the American Illustration Annual, the Art Directors Club of Washington, DC (gold and silver medals), Spectrum’s Best in Contemporary Art, inclusion in the National Geographic book on the best diagrams, Best in Show and gold medals from the Illustrators Club of Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
He was also a guest lecturer and judge at the World Infographics Conference in Pamplona, Spain and was invited to design and paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. Rob taught illustration at Towson University where he also acted as a graduate advisor and is currently an instructor at St. John’s College in Annapolis.
For his demo, Rob chose a winter scene of large trees and barn, with snow on the branches of the tree silhouetted against a blue sky. Although he says he does not often use liquid frisket, Rob used it to preserve the white branches of the tree. After completing the sky, he showed us how to remove the frisket and add detail to the branches and trunk, while paying attention to the composition as a whole.
Here is what Connie Robinson, one of our members, had to say about Rob’s demo:
“In addition to learning some painting tips from his painting demonstration, I really enjoyed chatting with Rob Wood about his career and his work. And, it was a treat to see some of his original work on display for the AWC. It was a delight to hear that some of the books in our home have covers illustrated by Rob: Tom Clancy’s novel, “Without Remorse”. And also, Jean M. Auel’s novel “The Land of Painted Caves” published 2011. Jean Auel is one of my favorite authors – I have seven of her novels — the first was “Clan of the Cave Bear,” which was made into a movie.”
To see more of his work, visit his web site: http://robwoodfineart.com/robwoodfineart.com/Welcome.html
Thanks to June Poole and Connie Robinson for contributing some of these photos. Click on any of the images below and use the arrow buttons to advance through them.