Zack’s talk was so interesting! From his initial interest in manga and how manga culture differs in Japan, through what it’s like to study in a Japanese university vs. an American one, to a hands-on demo of how manga is drawn, we all learned so much and in just one hour. It was inspiring! Here are some pics from the event:
Join us on Saturday November 10th from 1-2pm as Zack Wood demonstrates Japanese Manga technique and shares his own manga comics. He’ll also talk about what it’s like to live, work, and study in Japan where he lived for 4 years. Come with a friend and bring your questions!
Zack is a game designer and comic artist. You can see his game Cafe Murder here, which was launched via a Kickstarter campaign. One of the Kickstarter donors even became a character, designed by Zack, in the game!
Zack was featured in a New York Times article about American students heading to Japan to study Manga in preparation for careers in film, games, and comics. He currently has a graphic novel under consideration for publication in Japan. You may be more familiar with the work of his mother, R. Wood of R. Wood pottery, or his father, painter Lamar Wood who also runs the Brick House gallery.
Here’s another article by Nancy Lendved about Zack in Athens Patch. It offers a great explanation about the medium. From the article: Wood thinks anyone interested in drawing comics would gain from studying manga. “The Japanese developed manga as a mode of expression using unique symbols to convey the story. Design elements are used to convey emotional states. It’s all about the characters. They made comics into a new media to be read quickly, rather than be seen as art. The speed they read comics there is insane.” Wood explains that unlike here, where “comics are for kids or ‘weird adult men,’ in Japan, there’s manga for housewives, businessmen, boys, girls. It covers sports, cooking, tax codes and medical breakthroughs. Like movies here, it’s acceptable for everyone.”
Twenty-four participants showed up for the free demo last Saturday, courtesy of Golden Paints and artist Phil Garrett. They were treated to a fascinating and thorough demonstration of how to use various acrylic mediums to achieve all kinds of different effects. The sky truly is the limit when it comes to creating with acrylics! They’re not just for painting but also for printmaking, stenciling, drawing, preserving, inkjet printing, image transfer, fiber arts, and collaging.
Mention this post next time you visit The Loft and get a free packet of information which includes a hand-painted color chart, a comprehensive guide to how to use Golden’s acrylics and mediums, an amazing color-mixing guide that gives recipes for how to make at least 48 standard tube colors out of just 8 colors, and two recent issues of their informative Just Paint magazine. Also be sure to check out the handy Virtual Paint Mixer on their website!
Want to expand your painting practice with new acrylic technologies? Want to collage & mix media? Want to print from your computer onto unique surfaces? Then you need to see this demo!
Phil Garrett is one of Golden Artist Colors’ Working Artists who travels the Southeast demonstrating the versatile applications of acrylic colors and mediums. His free demo will explore a multitude of new surfaces for painting and collage created with Golden’s Glass Bead Gel, Translucent Molding Pastes, Fiber Paste (paper in a jar), Crackle Paste, and mor
It will also cover mixed media application and layering effects for drawing and painting, including using unique metallic paints, stencils and more.
He’ll also cover the popular and versatile new digital grounds that allow transferring your digital images onto a multitude of flat surfaces: non-porous papers, acetate, acrylic skins, even aluminum foil. He’ll also cover some of the technical challenges of working with inkjet printers and explore ideas for incorporating these images in paintings and works on paper .
A packet of literature and free samples of paint and gels will be available for all who attend.
Free pre-registration is required because we need a minimum of 20 people to attend. Call 706-548-5334 or sign up online here. See you on the 6th!