Digital illustrators come out in force for the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn digital art event
Though nothing about Trojan Horse was a Unicorn is shy and retiring, the directors Ines Silva and Andre Luis may have underplayed one key aspect of the event.
A brief glance at the second day’s schedule of talks and workshops reveals a wealth of top 2D digital talent, something that 3D artist Jose Alves da Silva is eager to stress.
“This is a great event, with 3D, animation and Alex Oliver's sculpture, but they could have shouted even louder about the illustration artists here,” he says. “There are 10 of the best artists in this field in the world… Tiago Hoisel, Marc Simonetti, you’ve got Dan LuVisi, Jana Schirmer, Kemp Remillard… the list goes on.”
That list includes young talent such as French concept artist Geoffrey Ernault alongside established names like Serge Bircault, who led a packed auditorium today through his talk Everything Pin Up.
In between talks visitors grab artists for portfolio reviews and impromptu questions, but it’s not just the paying customers that get a little star struck. Many artists are meeting each other for the first time this week.
This is only the second event this year for Aaron McBride, but the film art director is making up for it. “It’s wonderful to see someone in person for the first time. Like Raphael Lacoste – I love the aesthetic of Assassin’s Creed, and I got to meet him yesterday for the first time and tell him, ‘I’m a big fan of your stuff!”
Fast-paced and full of humour, Dan LuVisi’s talk focussed on his Popped Culture series – reworked characters such as the Simpsons and Muppets. The Last Man Standing artist discussed the power of backstory in even the simplest piece of art.
Jana Schirmer is next to take visitors through her process of portrait painting. Massive Black’s vehicle artists Kemp Remillard is scheduled to take a sci-fi vehicle design from start to finish straight after, and then there’s a choice – a ‘not so classic period drawing session’ with two Suicide Girls modelling, or the 22-year old French concept artist Geoffrey Ernault with his Speed Painting Techniques - a win/win dilemma to end another great day of digital art.