Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Narrative Art Drawing Workshop at ESSA

Narrative Art Drawing Workshop  
at Eureka Springs School of the Arts
Monday, Aug. 6th - Friday, Aug. 10th 
This week-long class I'm teaching is designed to give an overview of basic drawing and the narrative art medium. We will work in industry sizes and specs, covering a wide variety of narrative approaches from documentary to slice of life stories. Students will work in a variety of media as well. Set-ups, timing, props, choice of shot, and character development are all emphasized.

This is a unique experience to be teaching a class in the town that is the setting for my upcoming documentary graphic novel What Follows Is True...Crescent: The Baker Years.  I will be discussing  the production of this book and showing examples as well.  For more information about ESSA, visit them on the web at essaart.org.  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Basic Acrylics: Adult Class At NWA Community Creative Center

To purchase tickets for this class, click on the Purchase links, or contact Walton Arts Center by phone at (479) 443-5600 or by email at tickets@waltonartscenter.org.

This class is for beginners and intermediates to receive instruction in the use of acrylics: how to start, organize the composition and put on the finishing touches. Students will work with a variety of techniques and subject matter. Instructor will provide technical demonstrations as well as offer technical advice, constructive criticism and encouragement.
For more information, visit them on the web at www.nwaccc.org.
All supplies included
Instructor: Sean Fitzgibbon
July 27 August 3, 10
10 am – 12pm
Adult 16 and up
Cost: $70

Friday, July 20, 2012

Art Central Summer Classes

Art Central Summer Classes For Kids
Basic Drawing 101:  This class will explore basic fundamentals of drawing through a series of fun and informative drawing exercises. All supplies provides
Monday, July 23

Scratchboard Drawing: This class will explore scratchboard drawing techniques.
Tuesday, July 24

Cariacture Class: Learn the art of drawing caricatures in this fun and exciting class.  
Wednesday, July 25

Acrylics for Kids: I will work with kids to give basic instruction in the use of acrylics: how to start, organize the image and put on the finishing touches.

Thursday, July 26

Art Central is located at 1110 East 13th Street, Carthage, MO 64836.  For more information call (417)358-4404 or visit them on the web.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

From The Carroll County News

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By Tina Parker, Carroll County News

EUREKASPRINGS -- A documentary-style graphic novel that depicts the history of Crescent Hotel and its famous Dr. Baker is gaining some attention as it nears completion.
The novel, "What Follows Is True... Crescent: The Baker Years," tells the life of Norman Baker, the famed "doctor" who turned the Crescent Hotel into a cancer treatment facility in the 1930s.
Using paint and mixed media, illustrator Sean Fitzgibbon, alongside writer Kevin Brown, tell the story of the fraudulent doctor and his dark history in Eureka Springs. While the novel chronicles the life of Baker, the main focus is his time at the hotel.
Baker claimed to have the cure for cancer and lured several patients to the facility on promises of a treatment and healing waters.
"Baker's time in Eureka Springs are the darkest years for the Crescent Hotel," said Fitzgibbon.
Fitzgibbon and Brown first heard of Baker on a ghost tour provided by the Crescent Hotel, during which their fascination about Baker grew.
The next day, Fitzgibbon visited the Carnegie Library inEureka Springs to find as much as he could about Baker.
"It didn't seem real, so I wanted to research it; come to find out it was real and it made me want to know more about him," explained Fitzgibbon. "Turns out, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction."
After extensive research, Fitzgibbon and Brown began constructing the graphic novel, which took five years to compile. Though the novel it is not yet complete, the duo is planning for a Spring 2013 release of the book.
Despite the fact that Baker's time at the Crescent Hotel was short-lived, the stories of his time in Eureka Springs, and the lives he claimed, is that of large and storied legend.
The Fayetteville Public Library held an artist's reception on Thursday featuring a sneak peek at pages from Fitzgibbon's novel.
Fitzgibbon exhibits work in galleries and art centers throughout the United States, and he teaches at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Rogers.
In August, Fitzgibbon will teach a graphic illustration class at Eureka Springs School of the Arts.

Graphic Novel Book Club and Workshop at Crystal Bridges

This will be an informative and fun series.  Crystal Bridges librarian Jason Dean and library director Catherine Peterson will lead the first session with information below and offer a peak at a few rare graphic novels.  At the second session we will discuss a graphic novel by Sean Fitzgibbon.  Following in October, will be a workshop, led by Sean, and participants will make their own graphic novels.

Graphic Novel Book Club


Wednesday, July 25, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CT)
Adult Programs
CBMAA - Education - Adult Programs

Part One of Two (Teens and Adults) (Second August sessions are optional)
Join the Library’s Graphic Novel Book Club. Part One features an introduction to graphic novels and the history and current trends of graphic artists.  In this introduction, the Library will display rare illustrations including the 1930 Lakeside Press print of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, illustrated by Rockwell Kent, and a print by the popular graphic artist Sandow Birk.
Tickets include the two parts: $10 for non-Members  | 10% discount for members. 
 Order tickets here!    

Part Two of the Graphic Novel Book Club will feature a reading group for adults on August 22 from 7 to 8 p.m., and a teen reading group on August 29 from 7 to 8 p.m.  The reading groups will focus on artist Sean Fitzgibbon's recently published graphic novel DomestiCATed: Paths Once Crossed.  You can purchase the book club meeting July 25.

Explore the art of graphic novel-making in a hands-on-workshop, led by artist Sean Fitzgibbon.  Save the date for the Adult Workshop on October 6 from 1-5 p.m. or the Teen Workshop on October 7 from 1-5 p.m.  Ticket Reservations Coming Soon!


  • Beaton, Kate. 2009. Never learn anything from history: a collection of comics
  • Beaton, Kate. 2011. Hark!: a vagrant. MontrĂ©al: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Bechdel, Alison. 2006. Fun home: a family tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
  • Burns, Charles. 2009. Black Hole. Pantheon
  • Clowes,Daniel. 2001. The Death Ray. Drawn and Quarterly; First Edition edition
  • Clowes, Daniel. 2008. Ghost World: Special Edition
  • Clowes, Daniel. 2010. Wilson. Drawn and Quarterly
  • Corman, Leela. 2012. Unterzakhn. New York: Schocken Books
  • Farmer, Joyce. 2010. Special exits: a graphic memoir. Seattle, Wash: Fantagraphics Books
  • Fitzgibbon, Sean. 2011. DomestiCATed: Paths Once Crossed Infinity Publishing 
  • Geary, Rick. 2011. The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti (A Treasury of Victorian Murder). NBM/comicslit
  • Gross, Milt. 2005. He done her wrong: the great American novel and not a word in it--no music, too. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc
  • Hornschemeier , Paul. 2011. Life with Mr. Dangerous.  Villard
  • Ollmann, Joe. 2011. Mid-Life. Drawn and Quarterly
  • Powell, Nate. 2011. Any empire. Marietta, Ga: Top Shelf Productions
  • Say, Allen. 2011. Drawing from memory. New York: Scholastic Press
  • Shiga, Jason. 2011. Empire State: a love story (or not). New York: Abrams ComicArts
  • Spiegelman, Art. 2003. The complete Maus. London: Penguin
  • Thompson, Craig. 2003. Blankets: a graphic novel. Marietta, Ga: Top Shelf
  • Ware, Chris. 2000. Jimmy Corrigan: the smartest kid on earth. New York: Pantheon Books
  • Wortman, Denys 2010.Denys Wortman's New York: Portrait of the City in the 30s and 40s. Drawn and Quarterly
  • Yang, Gene Luen, and Lark Pien. 2006. American born Chinese. New York: First Second

Friday, July 13, 2012


Just like to thank everyone that made it out to the FPL reception.  Also thanks to the hard working FPL staff for all their help organizing the event.  It was a great turnout and I really appreciate it!  Also, thanks to 5 News for helping get the word out.   -Cheers

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Artist Reception Tonight

Join us tonight at 5:30pm in Walker Community Room at the Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville, AR for an artist reception and sneak peak at my upcoming graphic novel project What Follows Is True: The Baker Years. A documentary graphic novel set in at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Spring, AR in the 1930s.  Original art and prints will be available for sale at the reception, with 10% of art sales benefiting the Fayetteville Public Library NEH Challenge grant.

Concept Development: Scout Ship Color Roughs

Here are some variations on colors for my scout ship design I've been working on for the upcoming sci fi TV show Magellan.  

Thanks to Duane Bruner and Leigh James.  

Magellan: Scout Ship Concept Design

Lately I've been working on concept design for an upcoming, exciting sci-fi TV series entitled Magellan by Duane Brunner along with Leigh James and Paul Bradley.  

Here are some of my scout ship designs for the series along with stunning CG renderings of my design by Leon Maki Maki Kitchlew.  

Special thanks to Duane Brunner,  Leigh James, Leon Maki Maki Kitchlew, and everyone involved in this exciting project.  

I'll post more concept designs of ships and aliens from this project soon.  

Magellan will go live on Kickstarter n August 9.

This series takes place at some point in the future.  Humans and locis coexist peacefully on Earth (Homo loci evolved from Homo sapiens).  The locis are dying of an unknown disease and a cure has not yet been found.  Peace has been established on Earth but this is not a utopia.  Real threats and dangers exist throughout the galaxy.  Magellan, the most advanced starship in Earth's fleet, manned by humans and locis, represent Earth in a federacy of friendly planets in the Alpha and Beta quadrants.  
Their orders: Keep the peace, help those in need, find a cure for the locis, and explore the vastness of space..... 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Carroll County News Article: What Follows Is True

New book shows, tells Eureka tales

Monday, July 9, 2012
Carroll County News
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Fayetteville Public Library will host an artist's reception to honor artist Sean Fitzgibbon on Thursday, July 12 at 5:30pm in Walker Community Room for a sneak peak at his upcoming graphic novel "What Follows Is True: The Baker Years," a documentary/ graphic novel set at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Spring in the 1930s.

Fitzgibbon's current project, "What Follows Is True" is a combination of gallery art and narrative storytelling with a local setting. Focusing on the Norman Baker years (1938-1939) of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, the artist has been working with writer Kevin Brown to tell the story of these dark years as a documentary graphic novel.

To read more of this article visit them on the web at carrollconews.com

Friday, July 6, 2012

Artist Reception At Fayetteville Public Library

Join artist Sean Fitzgibbon at the Fayetteville Public Library, Thursday, July 12th at 5:30pm in Walker Community Room for an artist reception and sneak peak at his upcoming graphic novel project What Follows Is True: The Baker Years. A documentary graphic novel set in at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Spring, AR in the 1930s.

Through July 15th, Sean's painting and collage series Altered Perceptions will be featured in the library's Reading Room on the second floor of the library. This series is composed of drawn and painted, interconnected images that explore concepts of mystery and perception incorporating many visuals observed through traveling.

Sean's current project, What Follows Is True is a combination of gallery art and narrative storytelling with a local setting.  Focusing on the Norman Baker years (1938-1939) of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Sean has been working with writer Kevin Brown to tell the story of these dark years as a documentary graphic novel.

"I first became interested in this story after visiting the Crescent Hotel and going on their evening ghost tour with my co-writer, Kevin Brown," explains Fitzgibbon.  "The tour guide discussed the ghost sightings that have made the hotel famous, but the most interesting story to us was not the ghosts, rather the story of Norman Baker, a fraudulent "doctor" who turned the hotel into a cancer clinic in the late 1930's."

Fitzgibbon found the story too unbelievable to be true. "Skeptical, I ventured to the local library the next morning and learned that Baker and the cancer hospital were among some of the darkest years in Eureka's history." The two began collaborating ever since, and new fully painted pages and panel sequences will be featured at the reception for the first time. This will be a public sneak peek at the upcoming graphic novel.

"What Follows is True is a marriage of my gallery art and graphic novel illustrations," shared Fitzgibbon. "Using painting and mixed media, Kevin and I are revealing Norman Baker and the Crescent Hotel's story which demonstrates that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction."

Artist Sean Fitzgibbon exhibits work in galleries and art centers throughout the US, recently including solo exhibitions at Pittsburg State University Gallery (Pittsburg, KS), Jasper Community Art Center (Jasper, IN), Old Firehouse Art Center (Longmont, CO) and Illinois Central College (Peoria, IL).  He has illustrated books and teaches at Northwest Arkansas Community College.

Original art and prints will be available for sale at the reception, with 10% of art sales benefiting the Fayetteville Public Library NEH Challenge grant.

Visit seanfitzgibbonart.com for more information on artist or to learn more about the book visit http://followsistrue.blogspot.com/ <http://followsistrue.blogspot.com/>

Photo Caption: Sean Fitzgibbon's illustration for What Follows Is True: The Baker Years, a graphic novel project documenting the Norman Baker years of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

WHAT:  Artists' Reception for Sean Fitzgibbon at the Fayetteville Public Library

WHEN: Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 5:30pm

WHERE: Fayetteville Public Library, Walker Community Room, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville

To schedule an interview about this event, call Willow Fitzgibbon, Reference Manager at479.856.7210 or email wfitzgibbon@faylib.org

Drawing Basics for Kids at NWACCC

Stay cool this summer and draw in the studio.  Next week I'll be teaching Drawing Basics for Kids at NWA Community Creative Center (Nadine Baum Studios).
Ages 10 and up: July 9-13, 9:00-11:30 am

Put the fun in drawing fundamentals through a series of lively and informative drawing exercises.  This class will cover basic techniques for drawing from the imagination and from sight.  Students will draw the basic forms and build from that to create whatever their imaginations can conjure.  

Tickets for the class can be purchased at Walton Arts Center or by phone at (479)443-5600.  For more information please visit www.nwaccc.org.

The NWA Community Creative Center is supported by grants from the AR. Arts Council, local foundations like the Jim Blair Foundation, the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, the Starr Foundation as well as the generosity of business and patrons.  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Time Lapse Continued

Well, my camera battery ran out so I'm having to recharge in the middle of a job.  Here are some of my preliminary drawings for this time lapse illustration project.  I'm drawing each scene twice.  One image is the template and the other will be final rendering based on the template drawing.  The panoramic scene depicts a downtown square from a 100 year old photo and the other is the same scene taken from the same angle as it is today.