R. Gregory Christie is a recipient of the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award, a three-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration, The NAACP’s Image Award, The Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, American Library Associations’ Theodore Seuss Geisel Award, 2013 Ashley Bryan Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature Award and a 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read Award in both 2014 and 2015. His illustrations have been featured on HBO Kids, PBS’ Between the Lions”, on New York City’s subway cars for a year, on the 2013 Congo Square New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster and on the 2013 United States Post Office Stamp entitled, “Kwanzaa Forever”.
WIK 2020 BREAKOUTS:
Drawing on the Masters: Finding inspiration in the work of great artists
3 Essential Things: Have you ever wondered how certain people are able to make it as an artist? Examine your individual strengths and challenges through drawing exercises. This is a hands on creative workshop is a chance to help your art and mind grow as you find your career longevity by focusing on the three dynamics that I believe are needed to “make it as an artist”. The session will consist of the following:
Craftsmanship. Samples will be shown of what the aesthetic of art by artists such as Basquiat and Caravaggio with the goal of appreciation for the “it factor”. It’s meant help develop an eye to appreciate styles beyond your personal tastes and inspire you to shake up or refine your style.
Discipline. It’s the focus needed and organizational ideas that are helpful to friends and colleagues. It’s an informal examination of what works for the audience and ideas that could be shared to help be the most efficient as an aspiring professional.
Luck. Good or bad, luck is the idea that things happen beyond your control after you’ve set some things in to place. We’ll also address the statement “The Harder you work…the luckier you are,” the idea that each artist has the potential to be their own worse enemy with thoughts of failure before you even try an idea, and the idea that you can find success by starting in your own circle. Everyone eventually needs an illustration for a project, sign made or mural painted (even if they don’t know they need it). It’s rare that anyone wakes up with the idea, I need to buy a painting today but this part of the workshop focuses on presentation and professionalism and the final idea that your greatest investment is yourself.
Overall the workshop is a means to check or reaffirm one’s thinking. I personally believe that artists fail or succeed based upon their mindset. One way of thinking is to understand that everyone has 4 walls so there’s a potential to sell some art. The lecture will therefore focus on selling to the public while waiting on that book deal.