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Beyond Imagination

23/05/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Beyond Imagination, a one-day conference in the UK organised by the Association of Illustrators, explores the variety of styles, subject matters and commissioning areas in the popular Science Fiction and Fantasy art world.

It is being held at University College London in the Gustave Wilkins Tuck Lecture Theatre On Saturday, 20th May 2006, from 10am to 6pm.

The conference reveals the story behind top British Science Fiction and Fantasy artists, their inspirations and techniques and tells how they have developed their technique from the painted to the moving image.

The speakers are:

Alan Lee: British artist and illustrator for Peter Jackson's the Lord of the Rings trilogy

Dave McKean: acclaimed Artist and Director of Mirror Mask

Jim Burns: (Award winning British Science Fiction Illustrator)

Fred Gambino: British Painter and Illustrator

Chris Moore: Commercial Illustrator

Dick Jude: Author of Fantasy Art of the New Millennium and Fantasy Art Masters

Brian Sibley; Writer and broadcaster.

Chris Moore, Jim Burns and Fred Gambino will show their work and give an insight into how professional illustrators have dealt with the variety of commissions and continuous changes in the industry.

Writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley will interview Alan Lee about his watercolours and work for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings.

Special guest of the day is Dave McKean, one of the most successful artists and director of the recent critically acclaimed film Mirror Mask.

The artists who have agreed to speak represent a broad range of techniques and imaginations currently active in the field of fantastic illustration, from the detailed pencil and watercolour landscape of Alan Lee, through the terrains of space opera painted by Jim Burns and Chris Moore, to the digital realms of Fred Gambino and Dave McKean.

"Regardless of a liking for fairies or spaceships, pigment or pixel, this event should open the eyes and whet the creative appetites of anyone interested in pursuing a career in this field. Beyond Imagination provides the exclusive opportunity to hear these modern masters of the fantastic share their experiences of the business," Dick Jude, Author of Fantasy Art Masters and other books told

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