Quick note to let you know I have just made some basic layout changes which I hope are cleaner and clearer to look at and the site now has a static front page to replace the old one that I made in iWeb!! So when you type in www.ankaris.com, you will be taken directly to the new static home page.
And from this coming Monday I start teaching the Colour/Light subject of the Production Art Department (PAD) Diploma at North Sydney Institute.
I am still painting concept art for film clients, finishing off the last of four book covers for Momentum Books (a new Matthew Reilly book) and painting my own science fiction paintings for Illuxcon.
Thought it was time to announce my involvement with a new Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Entertainment Design being run at North Sydney TAFE. We are calling it, the Production Art Department.
This is the second attempt at getting such a course off the ground that will allow us to teach Illustration the way it is meant to be delivered. It is biased toward film/games industries which means focusing on Concept Art but the core skills can be applied to Illustration for publishing for example.
I will be teaching the Light-Colour-Painting part of the course.
Feel free to drop me a line to discuss the course further. Enrollments will be open soon for a 2014 start. We will also be running a 3 week short course this month.
Just a news update to let you all know what I’ve been up to lately. Just before Christmas last year I finished off two concept paintings for the Maze Runner film. I was slated to keep going on this but production so far hasn’t needed me.
I was also asked to finish off two new Wolverine concept paintings by Fox which was great. The moment the film comes out I’ll have my Wolverine concept art up. One other film job I can’t mention has also crossed my desk these last coupe of weeks.
I’m working.. (slowly) with Marianne de Pierres on a short graphic novel project called Sentients of Orion: The Hue, that I’m itching to get back onto.. Sorry Marianne, we’ll get there!!
On the scifi side I’m painting two interior illustrations for Interzone magazine and working on an oil painting tutorial for ImagineFX magazine.
The Concept Art course that I was going to help teach at Randwick TAFE didn’t pan out, but an even better course looks to have risen from North Sydney TAFE. So a good chance I’ll be teaching there later this year and into 2014. This course will be a more intensive program of Illustration for the Film, Games and Publishing industries.
In amongst all of that I have repaired roofs, dug drainage and replaced pipe work and finally.. finally found the source of my studio flooding!!
Anyway, enough of that.. here is the cover image for the GN project I’m doing with Marianne. Enjoy!
Been a busy beaver lately finishing of concept art duties on The Wolverine (Sorry, still can’t show the work..) and finishing off my basement/studio. I now have most of my books in place and computer set up, so I’m ready to work. The down side of all that work was that I missed attending Illuxcon in November.
I have also been teaching a basic Illustration/Concept Art short course at Randwick TAFE here in Sydney with fellow teacher, illustrator and friend, Paul Bajada. The course will be full and part time right through 2013. I will be teaching the Colour/Lighting portion of the course at nights.
And as the title of the blog post suggests, I am also starting Concept Art duties on the film adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball. You gotta check out Wes’ awesome short film: RUIN, right here.
UPDATE: Just to let folks know that I am no longer painting concept art for Maze Runner, I finished two pieces before Christmas last year and wasn’t called upon to do any more. The production may require more later but who knows.
The TAFE Concept Art course currently being run at Randwick also did not pan out for me due to bureaucratic reasons. Randwick’s loss however is about to become North Sydney TAFE’s gain!