Sunday, May 31, 2009

Resume

DAN LEWIS
72 N. Cambridge Rd. Downey, ID 83234
208-897-5029
danlewisart.com
danlewisart.blogspot.com
OBJECTIVE
To obtain work that will allow me to continue utilizing my training and experience as a freelance illustrator / artist.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
  • Full-time freelance artist for twelve years.
  • I work primarily in oils in a style that can range from fairly loose to tightly rendered realism.
  • Also proficient with pastel, pencil, charcoal, and watercolor.
  • Accomplished in rendering people and wildlife.
  • Communicates regularly with clients in order to maintain focus on artistic objective.
  • Able to advise as well as recieve direction with projects.
  • Consistently meets tight deadlines.
  • Experienced in illustrating both children's and adults literature.
  • Competent with computer imaging software including Photoshop, Gimp, etc.

SELECTED WORK OF EXPERIENCE

1998 Listen Magazine and Signs of the Times

  • First published work while still ateending SUU.

2001 - current LDS Church Publications Salt Lake City, UT

  • Completed over 100 illustrations for Ensign, New Era, The Friend, and Liahona Magazines as well as other publications.
  • Work has also been used in sessions of LDS General Conference to illustrate talks presented by the First Presidency of the LDS Chuch.

2003 - current Participated in the annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show (St. George, UT) and the Shenandoah Invitational Art Show (Buena Vista, VA) where I've consistently recieved awards for my oil and pastel work, including the Shenandoah's People's Choice Award in 2005, and again in 2008. At these shows, I've enjoyed the priviledge of showing alongside the work of many artists whom I've admired for years including Greg Olsen, Del Parson, Walter Rane, Joseph Brickey, and Michael Malm.

2007 Juried into the Jackson Hole Art Fair Jackson, WY

2009 Juried into the Paint the Parks Mini50 and Mini 2nd50 International Art Competition

Other clients: Southern Virginia University, Adoption LLC, Farr's Ice Cream, Idaho School District 25, and numerous portrait clients from around the U.S.

EDJUCATION

1996-1998 Dixie College St. George, UT

Fine Art Major

  • Awarded Graff Fine Art Scholarship.
  • Awarded Liberace Fine Art Scholarship.
  • Awarded Student of the Quarter - Dixie College Art Department.
  • Nominated Student of the Year - Dixie College.
  • Studied portraiture, life drawing, and painting under Del Parson.

1998-1999 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT

Fine Art / Illustration Major

  • Awarded full tuition Art Scholarship.
  • Studied portraiture, life drawing, painting, and illustration under Perry Stewart.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Volunteer EMT with the Downey Ambulance - (Bannock County EMS).

REFERENCES

  • Scott VanKampen

Art Director, Liahona Magazine

Salt Lake City, UT

801-240-1000

  • Scott Knudsen

Art Director, Ensign Magazine

Salt Lake City, UT

801-240-1000

  • Scott Moy

Layout Designer, LDS Publications

Salt Lake City, UT

801-240-1000

  • Del Parson

Professor of Art, Dixie State College

St. George, UT

435-652-7796

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Art Lessons


My wife and I have discussed the possibility of using the new studio space to offer art lessons and after talking with a few people, I've gotten really excited about it. I'm still hammering out all the details, but at this point, I'm thinking of offering a few different classes.

1. CLASS FOR YOUNGER ARTISTS (Ages 11 and up. $30/month. One hour class held each week.) - This is a class that I'd love to do simply because this is the age I started to realize I could draw and paint things fairly realistically. Kids have a great ability and willingness to try new things and have a natural desire to be creative. Unfortunately, I won't be able to form a class for elementary school aged kids at this point, but it may be a possibility in the future. I believe art is such an important subject for kids of all ages and I know many of them miss out on these opportunities because they aren't offered them in their regular school courses or they have to choose between Art, Music, etc. This class will be a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to it.

I'd like to try two adult classes:

2. DRAWING ($65/month. Two and a half hour class held each week.) - This class would involve instruction and practice with several different drawing mediums and methods. I think this is the adult class that I'm most excited about because it seems to be like so many other things in that it "always comes back to the basics". I can't paint the way I'd like to paint without first being comfortable with my drawing skills. I can't maintain my drawing skills without constant practice. When it comes comes right down to it, drawing, for me, is the most fun and relaxing thing I do in art. I'd like to draw from "life" (direct observation of the actual subject rather than other methods - i.e. using photos) as much as possible. Subjects may vary, depending on class interest, but I think eventually, I'd like to bring a model in and cover some of the basics of portrait drawing.

3. OIL PAINTING ($65/month. Two and a half hour class held each week.) - This class would cover many of the basics of oil painting such as value, color mixing, and paint application techniques. We may also do some monochromatic (single color) studies to practice using the brush and improve drawing skills. Again, I'd like to work from life as much as possible using a variety of different subjects, which may vary with the class interest. These subjects might involve setting up a still life in the studio, bringing in a model for a portrait study, or taking our paints outside to paint a landscape. These types of life studies may seem a bit daunting to those who have never tried it, but I guarantee, it is some of the very best practice you can get!


DISCOUNTS are offered for multiple family members signing up or for individuals taking more than one class.


Please feel to contact me anytime for further details. Due to studio space, class sizes will be limited and I hope to start getting together by mid-summer. Hope to see you soon!

Portraits and Other Commissions

I am always happy to consider commissions for portraits and other types of work. I've put together a pricing guide which will help give you a general idea as to how these types of projects may be priced. This is only a general guide, however, and may vary depending on certain factors, such as additional figures, backgrounds, or other elements that would result in more detail work. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions.


PORTRAIT FEES


OIL - MONOCHROMATIC SKETCH (SEPIA TONED)

11x14 Head $150

OIL - FULL COLOR

18 x 14 Head $800
20 x 16 Head $1200
24 x 18 Head & Shoulders $1400
30 x 24 Head, Torso, & Hands $2400

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Four Apples and an Orange


O.K., so here's my life study posting for this week. Last fall, while visiting my parents, my mom sent me home with several small frames she's collected over the years. I thought this was a neat little frame that needed some kind of fruit or vegetable to fill it. As I stood in the grocery store this morning trying to figure out what to paint, looking at all the different varities of apples, I thought it might be fun to graduate the colors in them from green to red. I guess the orange is just kind of a silent observer.