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Hey Guys! George is an awesome dude, and watching his loose and spontaneous approach to painting will no doubt be a real eye opener for many of you. As usual, feel free to post your honest feedback below. Thanks!
Calling The Shots:
Spontaneous Painting with George Pratt
In this download, watch renowned graphic novelist George Pratt paint a WWI soldier at the first ever TAD workshop in Kansas City, MO.
In order to keep the entire painting process alive and invigorated, George begins without a thumbnail or a toned canvas. With nothing fixed, this puts him directly in the driver’s seat as he works. At the same time he is also listening to the painting, and at one point even comments that his favorite parts of a painting are often accidents. This push and pull is a unique part of George’s style, and he generously shares the decades of experience that inform his decisions.
As this video was recorded in classroom setting, George also responds to the questions of the students around him, providing the viewer with an added level of insight. If you’ve never seen a George Pratt demo you’ll definitely want to pick this up. If you have, then you already know you want to pick this one up.
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Born October 13, 1960, in Beaumont, Texas, George Pratt moved to New York City in 1980 to study Drawing and Painting at Pratt Institute, where he later taught Junior and Senior-level Methods and Media, as well as Sequential Storytelling for seven years. He also taught for two years at the Joe Kubert School in Dover, New Jersey; did per diem teaching for the Master Illustration program at SVA for Marshal Arisman; was Visiting Professor for ten weeks at Savannah College of Art and Design; and taught full-time at Virginia Commonwealth University for three years. He now teaches full-time at Ringling College of Art and Design.
A successful painter, his work is in private collections throughout the world, and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art.
George's first novel, "Enemy Ace: War Idyll", DC Comics/Warner Books, has seen four American editions, has been translated into nine languages, and was on the required reading list at West Point Military Academy. The book was nominated for both the Eisner Award and Harvey Award for Best Graphic Novel, as well as Best Foreign Graphic Novel in Angouleme, France where it won the prestigious France Info Award for Best Foreign Graphic Novel. In England it also won the SpeakEasy Award for Best Foreign Graphic Novel.
"No Man's Land", published by Tundra, gathers all the paraparatory sketches for "Enemy Ace: War Idyll" into one book along with unpublished monotypes and paintings, peppered with quotes from the Great War. The work has been in many exhibitions on war throughout America, Canada, and Europe.
With Steven Budlong and James McGillion, George created "See You In Hell, Blind Boy", a documentary film about his travels through the Mississippi Delta researching his blues novel of the same name. The film won Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival, and was accepted and shown at the Santa Barbara, Nashville and Hot Springs Film Festivals. The film subsequently aired for over a year on the Bravo Channel on television.
"Harvest Breed", a Batman graphic novel for DC Comics/Warner Brothers, was written and fully painted by George. The book was nominated for two Eisner Awards: Best Graphic Novel and Best Painter.
"Wolverine: Netsuke", a four-issue mini-series was written and painted by George for Marvel Comics. This became a bestselling mini-series upon its release, won the Eisner Award for Best Painter / Multimedia Artist, and was subsequently nominated for the Best Mini-Series Award by Wizard Magazine.
Current projects include: "See You In Hell, Bllind Boy: A Tale of the Blues", a text novel written by George which also includes his photographs, illustrations, comics and recordings made in the Mississippi Delta. George's Blues photographs were featured in the premier issue of Argosy Magazine.
"Find Me A Voice" includes paintings and prints of the Holocaust with poetry by Gabor Barabas. This has also been written as a play that has been produced in Cincinnatti, New York and New Jersey.
"Artists at the Front", a documentary film about the eight artists commissioned by the American Government to go "over there" and paint the First World War from the trenches.
George was honored to be included in Walt Reed's definitive coffee table book "The Illustrator in America 1860-2000". He was also awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards of 2002 and has had his work exhibited many times at the Society of Illustrators in New York, and is a member of that prestigious organization
George recently completed drawings and paintings for a Romanian film documentary in association with Kaigonan Films and National Geographic of Romania. Titled "Hill 789" the film traces the struggles of one Dimitri Dimancescu a young lieutenant in the Romanian Army.
George continues to illustrate and design books and book jackets for various publishers, including: Random House, Henry Holt, Inc., Warner Books, Clarion Books, and Columbia Studios.
He currently resides in Sarasota, Florida.