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Capturing Color and Light in Illustration With Visual Development Artists Tiffanie Mang and Zac Retz

By: The Art Institutes

April 11, 2016

Event: Capturing Color and Light in Illustration – Visual Development Artists Tiffanie Mang and Zac Retz

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Location: The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, 674 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408, Building 1 – Rooms 126, 127 & 128

Workshop Details
The digital age is taking over the art scene. There are countless brushes and painting apps to help one create beautiful illustrations with ease. However, the discipline of studying the world around you and capturing it on a canvas should never be forgotten. This workshop will focus interpreting color and light through plein air painting, and applying those studies to illustrations, color keys and other aspects of visual development. Starting with the foundation of understanding composition, color harmonies, and different lighting scenarios, students will ultimately be able to create beautiful paintings that tell engaging stories.

About Zac Retz
Zac Retz is originally from upstate New York where he went to school and studied illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating in 2012 he illustrated the children’s book, "Too Much Glue" which went on to become an amazon best seller. From there he started working at Workinman Interactive where he painted backgrounds for various Disney and Nickelodeon games.  Zac is currently working as a visual development artist at Reel FX, designing environments and painting color keys for the Scooby Doo animated feature film, due to come out in 2018.

About Tiffanie Mang
Tiffanie Mang graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in Animation and Digital Arts, and currently works as a freelance visual development artist and illustrator.  An avid plein air painter always inspired by the outdoors, Tiffanie loves to find stories everywhere through color and light. She believes that film and interactive media can connect different cultures though great story telling, and she strives to bring those unique stories to life through her paintings.  She is currently working freelance on an unannounced project. Past work includes visual development for Film Roman.  She is also teaching a plien air painting class for Society of Illustrators this Spring.

There is no charge to attend the event; however, all attendees must register for a complimentary ticket by clicking the link below

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By: The Art Institutes

April 11, 2016