Sunday, January 8, 2012

New DVD from Donato Giancola

Brooklyn-based Donato Giancola has just released a new DVD which documents his processes as he creates a tribute to Joan of Arc, whose 600th birthday will be celebrated later this year.  The four hour long instructional video follows the award-winning illustrator from the first, abstract concept sketches, all the way through to the final glazes.  Filmed and edited by Aaron Fagerstrom, the same person behind Donato's The Mechanic,  Joan of Arc promises to offer the same detail and insight as that which made his first video so successful.

"The desire to create a painting about Joan of Arc had been flittering about in my sketchbook for years," says Donato, "ever since returning from a visit to France and the region of Burgundy where she lived. Thus when considering what subject matter to tackle for my second step-by step process DVD, Joan was an obvious choice, not withstanding the celebration of her 600th birthday occurring in this year, 2012."

"Rather than portray her in an overly heroic pose, I pursued an image which entwines her in the political forces at play during her brief fame and martyrdom - the noblility of France and England, the Church, and the common Frenchman."

"... it was my intent to use ambiguity to stress the complexities of the forces which shaped Joan of Arc. Are we here at her moment of triumph at Orleans embraced by a sympathetic French Nobleman?  Or at her capture outside of Compiegne a little over a year later by the Burgundians?  Is the Clergyman bowing in awe and prayer, or attempting to strip Joan of the symbol of her Faith? Is that arm supporting the banner, or pulling it down?"

The DVD is available for $49.95 from Pijjen Media, or directly from Donato Giancola.
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"One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it.  But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying." ~  Joan of Arc


Jonathan said...

To be able to have a glimpse into his world in creating a painting is truly amazing. He is one of our modern masters in the way he tells a story through his paintings. Refreshing to see an "illustrator" respected by painters and fine artist across the board. Thank you for sharing his DVD on your site and excited to receive my copy.

Ventsislav Nikolov said...

Thanks for the great news, Matthew! Just purchased it and can't wait to see it already! :-)

billspaintingmn said...

Matthew, again you bring to the table things that nourish and nurture.
How thoughtful you are to do these things.
Thanks so much.

Vincent Nappi said...

A beautiful piece by a true modern master. Thanks for putting this post up! I'll be sure to grab this one when I can if it's any bit as good as his Mechanic video.

Julie Mardell said...

Hey, Matthew - it's just after Christmas and I'm broke. Even more broke now I have ordered this DVD! Thanks Mate!!!

innisart said...

@Julie Good to hear I'll have company in debtor's prison.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

Hi Matthew, thank you so much for posting this, I had never heard of this artist but I've ordered his DVD!
You are amazing, besides being a very talented artist, you have SO much information. My only conclusion is that you must only require about 2 hours of sleep each night. Thank you for keeping so many of us informed about all, and I do mean all, aspects of art.
I noticed you got an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Salon International in San Antonio. Congratulations! I wonder if you were in SA last Spring? I had a painting in that show too, I am sorry to have missed meeting you if you were there.
Thanks again for this great post!