Sit at the right elbow of a highly recognized master of classical realism while he creates a masterwork oil painting - from concepts to final glazes.
In this film, Donato provides step by step narration as he creates Joan of Arc, from initial abstract concepts, reference gathering, and detailed preliminary drawing to the final application of oil paint and mediums. His extensive professional knowledge and intimate trade methods provide the viewer rare insight into how to create a complex and detailed narrative work of art.
It's difficult to talk about the art of Donato Giancola and remain objective. Despite the best intentions to be analytical and coldly disaffected when standing in front of his art...it is simply not possible. There is so much passion, so much depth, and so much truth in Donato's paintings that the viewer can't help but get caught up in the stories his works tell. Simply put, among contemporary narrative artists, Donato Giancola is a master. Watching him paint "Joan of Arc" merely drives home that fact.
--Arnie & Cathy Fenner/Directors: Spectrum Fantastic Art
A "painter's painter," artist Donato Giancola has been creating award-winning drawings and oil paintings in the classical realism and science-fiction and fantasy fields for twenty years. His resume lists an impressive number of honors: multiple Gold and Silver awards from Spectrum: The Best in Science Fiction & Fantasy Art, multiple Hugos, multiple Chesleys, and multiple honors from the Society of Illustrators. Donato teaches at the School of Visual Arts and the Illustration Master Class. His paintings can be seen at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York.