10.7.2022 | Chris Hopkins | "Composing Images for Narrative Painting"
Instructor: Chris Hopkins
Date + Time: Friday, Oct 7th, 2022 @ 530pm PST / 830pm EST
Format: Zoom Webinar (1 Hour Lecture + 30 Min Ask Him Anything)
Other Info: All webinar discussions will be archived for viewing at a later date.
After a high profile career designing, drawing and painting images for movie poster art in Hollywood — Return of the Jedi, Labyrinth, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — Chris now feels driven to produce works which celebrate compelling stories of American perseverance — the Tuskegee Airmen, First Nations peoples of America’s Pacific Northwest, and the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during WWII.
In 1979, after graduating from Art Center with honors, Chris heard that legendary illustrators Charles White III and David Willardson were starting a studio and looking for young talent. Chris’ persistence paid off and he was hired. After months of sketching he was finally assigned to paint the marquee art for The Mountain Men. Soon afterwards he discovered the airbrush and the whole process became fun, especially incorporating brushwork with airbrush techniques. He painted the clouds, skies, and water all from his Pacific Northwest childhood memories, and was known as The Sky King, a tribute to his unmatched ability to paint natural backgrounds After four years, Chris left Willardson and White ready for his next challenge — painting people. Yes, he learned to do that, too painting and drawing the comprehensive and finished poster and magazine promotional art for Return of the Jedi, Peggy Sue Got Married, Labyrinth, The Abyss, and Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. In 1988 he picked up his family and relocated to the state of Washington where he’s once again tackled a new, but classic, technique. Now he’s brush-painting stories of American perseverance.
Chris’ work has shown in galleries and museums around the world.He currently lives and works in the Pacific Northwest.
In every phase of his evolving career, Chris has set out to make the most powerful narrative work possible. Cramming as much visual information in a single image while still feeling aesthetically pleasing can be a huge challenge. Chris is a master of creative problem solving.
Over the course of this webinar Chris will discuss effective composition using examples of his own narrative work as an illustrator and gallery artist as well as masterworks through history. Not only will he give you a crash course on visual storytelling and problem solving but he will also offer technical tips on how to approach a painting.
Who Is The Webinar For?
This Webinar is for painters and illustrators of all levels looking to more successfully tell stories through their work.
Why Is This Webinar Being Offered?
Whether you're painting a landscape, a portrait, a historical scene, or fulfilling an illustration prompt, a good composition is key. With a career spanning over four decades, Chris has a bag of tricks that can help you compose your stories in a clearer and more direct way.