Rob Carlos

Pacific Northwest artist Rob Carlos got his start illustrating for the Robert Jordan “Wheel of Time” card game in 1998, and has been working with book and game publishers ever since. After moving to Washington is 2001, Rob began to show his work at fantasy and sci-fi conventions, and participates in panel discussions where aspiring artists come to learn about what it takes to become part of this industry.

In the past year, Rob has taken on a position with Red Level Games as the art director for “Dragon- The Game,” a fantasy world RPG where the player gets to assume the role of a dragon that lives by its own code of rules and deals with the consequences. With dragons being a prevalent theme in Rob’s work, the game seems like a perfect fit!

With most of his work being created in the digital realm, Rob can most often be seen with one of his three cats (also known as house dragons) snuggled on his lap, under a Wacom tablet. They have had years to get accustomed to the arrangement, and these days, there is minimal complaining from either feline or human.

Fantastic Composition Master Class

4-hour Master Class. $81.00
Class is limited to 18 students
Friday, June 9th, 9am-1pm

All art benefits from a good sense of composition. The way an image is organized can become clarifying or confusing to the viewer – the effect you’re trying to achieve is up to you. Fantasy artist Rob Carlos will give you a set of compositional tools that you can use to get your idea across.

a) Simplify or complicate?: How many different elements to you want to use to create your image. Tone, hue, texture, detail – everything adds another level to take into account.

b) Direct the eye: How to create a sense of motion, suggesting to a viewer how to read the story behind the image.

c) Relaxed vs. Tense: Different choices in design can cause a sense of being balanced or off-balance. How can you use that to your advantage when telling your story?

d) Final touches: How do you know if your composition is working? Do you have trouble knowing if an image is ‘finished’? Leonardo DaVinci says Art is never finished, only abandoned. We will discuss how to know when to abandon it!

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