drawing/illustration

Fine arts artist working in charcoal, pencil, pastel, color pencil and watercolor. Most of my work involves portraits or figure drawings with forays into still life and landscapes now and then. For years I worked mostly with pencil. More recently I've returned to charcoal as it is a much more workable medium and allows greater flexibility in changing and correcting a drawing. I've also worked a great deal with color pencil, pastels, and watercolor in the past few years to broaden my experience in color. I'm also beginning to work with oil paints and hope to do much more with this medium in the future.

Last year I opened Enterprise Art Studio in a re-purposed building on the former Chanute Air Force Base. The building is well situated for easy access from US 45 and I-57. During the summer of 2013 we began holding life drawing sessions on Wednesday mornings and plan to begin holding both life drawing and portrait sessions beginning in 2014 in the early evenings. The sessions are open to all artists and mediums. More details coming soon.

We also participated in the Boneyard Arts Festival 2014, a first for Enterprise Art Studio, with about 30 people stopping by to see artwork by several local Rantoul artists. We also held a live portrait session with a model and multiple artists which allowed visitors to see how different artists approach the same subject.

www.barrydarnallartist.com

Hua

At a very young age, Hua Nian and her family were forcibly moved from Beijing to a small rural town in southern China during the political upheaval of the Cultural Revolution. This harsh childhood experience and rigid environment prepared her to become a close observer of the world. The move to the United States made a profound impact on her life, and on her making and thinking about art. The strong contrast of Chinese and American cultures inspired her to transform all her personal experience into new, fertile soil. From her early “Mask” printmaking series to her current series of acrylic paintings, “Where the Wild Things Glow”, Nian expresses feelings about our ongoing life under the force of nature and the scale of history.

As a signature artist of the International Society of Acrylic painters (ISAP) and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS), Ms. Nian’s paintings have been shown in numerous art exhibitions thought out U.S. and in Germany, Australia and China. She has been a frequent award winner at various local, states, and national shows, and her works have been widely collected by co-ops, universities, and by numerous private collectors around the country. Her works and interviews have been featured in the American Artist Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, Dialogue: An Art Journal, and in numerous local and Chinese newspaper and magazines, as well as cover art for books, music CDs, and posters produced by Stanford University and others.

Ms. Nian moved to the USA in 1992 from China, after years of teaching photojournalism in Jinan University in Guangzhou. She received her Master’s degree in Art Education from Pittsburg State University, Kansas in 1996, and is now an active exhibiting artist and art instructor at her studio —Hua Nian Art Studio. She lives and works with her husband and two children in Urbana, Illinois.

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I moved to Urbana-Champaign in 2006 for my graduate studies and have been living in the area ever since. I've always loved art and my passion is drawing and painting. Two years ago I started focusing in my art again (after finishing graduate school) and it has become my obsession. I've realized this is what makes me happy and I hope my love towards painting comes through my art.

Im a graphic designer who is working on being a better artist. Although trained in traditional media I've developed a strong interest in digital painting. My work pulls in elements from both traditional and digital, depending on the piece being created. In other words, what ever works

I'm an artist/illustrator/writer living in Urbana, IL. I graduated in Fine and Applied Arts/Painting from the U of I.
I'm currently involved in writing and illustrating a children's book but, as mentioned, am involved in a variety of artistic endeavors. You may refer to my painting website (listed below) if you're interested in purchasing original art, or contact me through the 40North website for illustration projects, art lessons, and writing-related services.
As mentioned, I am able to assist you with children's book illustration services or help in an advisory capacity for writing - everything from kids' material through adult fiction. In addition to ghostwriting, my strengths are helping to develop storylines, characters, and dialogue to help advance your project.
I'm able to create/assist with song lyrics as well, having played in a band for several years.
Finally, if you're interested in art lessons, I offer drawing and painting lessons for beginners through advanced.

Richard Benoit, from Kankakee, Illinois, is a self-taught artist with a degree in photography. He works in a full complement of subjects using pastel, charcoal acrylic paint and mixed media. He has been pursuing a career in art as a means of self-expression.
Richard has been exhibiting his artwork, including his photography, for many years. Originally he got into photography when using that medium to take visual notes for his paintings and drawings but now he concentrates almost exclusively on that latter mode of expression. His work has been described as wonderfully intense, powerful and original and is included in the Illinois Institute of Art and Governors State University’s permanent collections, the Bourbonnais and Bradley Public Libraries, Aventis Pharmaceutical, Riverside Medical Center and many private and public collections throughout the U S.
Richard is a Guild member of the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL. and is an artist member of Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, IL.

Ian

I grew up in Liberty Missouri, just North of Kansas City. During my early 20's I would spend Saturday nights in KC with a sketchbook and a couple of pencils. This was also how I was introduced to the wonderful world of blues and the odd Busker or two.
When I moved to Champaign the first time, it was 2003 and the goal then was to attend Parkland College and earn my Associates in Art and eventually get a BA in art somewhere.
During the Winter of 2008, that somewhere turned out to be DeKalb Illinois where I was accepted at Northern Illinois University. There I took all the illustrations courses I could and met many new people. I also worked at the Art Museum which was as much a learning experience as the classes I took were. When I graduated in 2010, I began my freelance Illustration career and continued to live in DeKalb until the winter of 2011

Today I live back in Champaign where I continue to work as a freelance illustrator.

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