Monday, June 26, 2017

Figure of the Imagination: An Artist's Journey

Figure of the Imagination is an ongoing, labor of love project and this campaign is the foundation for that creative effort. Your support will allow me to further my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon



Pledges start at as little as $1 per month and include:

$1 TIER MESSENGER
Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed

Receive Inspirational Insights: a weekly inspirational & motivational message from me to guide you along your Creative Journey!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on upcoming books, videos, exhibitions and other projects! I am so honored to have your support, I will also add your name to a special landing page on my cyrstudio.com website!

First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal of $200/mo, You will also receive my monthly podcast! Listen while you work!

$3 TIER WARRIOR
Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast! 

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers

Plus all previous rewards


$5 TIER MYSTIC
10% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Works in Progress
Plus all previous rewards


$10 TIER LYRICIST
20% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Signed Exclusive Postcard sent to you!

Plus all previous rewards


$25 TIER MAGICIAN
One Time: Signed copy of my Creative Writing Journal “Paint Picture with Words” featuring The Creative Spirit Within(available after second month of patronage)

Exploratory Process & Technique postings...Learn how to create intriguing effects!

Plus all previous rewards


$50 TIER DREAMER
One Time Patreon Exclusive: A hand-marked, signed copy of one of my mixed-media books! (Experimental Painting or Art Revolution). Available after the second month of patronage.

Plus all previous rewards


$75 TIER VISIONARY

One Time Patreon Exclusive: A hand-marked, signed limited-edition print of The Visionary (shown above) or an image of your choice that is still available. (sent after the second month of patronage) 17" x 13" sized print in Edition of 200.

Plus all previous rewards


$100 TIER LUMINERE
Individual Portfolio Review of your Art on Skype (Three pieces of art total per year). Each one hour review will be spread out to one piece of art every four months, with the first review to begin after the second month of patronage. This is renewable every year.

Plus all previous rewards


$150 TIER COLLECTOR
Original Sketch Artwork by the Artist (sent after 3 months of patronage.)

Private notification of all Artwork for Sale 

20% Discount on the Sale of Artwork and Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons! 

Plus all previous rewards except the Personal Skype Review from the Luminere tier.


As the body of work grows, I plan on releasing signature, limited-edition books as well as videos with hybrid, multimedia approaches to storytelling throughout. In addition, illustrated sketchbooks of the work in series, note card sets, creative writing journals and inspirational calendars will also be created. I hope to someday have a major traveling exhibition of the work as a whole!

As an ongoing patron, you will not only receive special rewards but also VIP access to private openings, special discounts to newly released products and so much more! When certain goals are reached, I will have monthly audio postings on creativity, group chats online, process and inspirational insight postings, technical tips and behind-the-scenes videos, just to name a few.


I am very excited to go on this fantastical journey. Let’s do it together! Sign up HERE!


"By amassing myself into the midst of other worldly places, I create a gateway, transcending me back to a time when the creative spirit reigned in a vast and limitless field of dreams. In my world of the fantastic, supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, epic dreamscapes, heavenly realms and timeless places. Adventurous quests to worlds beyond awaken my subconscious, leaving me spellbound and wanting more."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NEW WORKSHOP Figure of the Imagination: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works!

with Lisa L. Cyr

8, 12 and 16 week formats available (3 hour sessions)

This highly-visual, hands-on workshop will explore drawing and painting the figure in imaginative, magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques. From fantastical dreamscapes and realms to supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities, works created in this workshop will transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. 

Topics will include the use of costuming, props, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography architectural detail as well as drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable fantastical characters. Exploration into mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore will also be discussed. Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches will be shown, including employing alternative working grounds, using custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects.

This class is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in adding that magical, transforming element to their work! Sign-up to my mailing list for locations, dates and times!



"Within the artist’s personal narration, poetic visual tales of quests to worlds unknown evoke transcendental experiences for those who are willing to enter into the pictorial drama. 

Through the multilayered narrative, we journey to a world beyond, where the awakened subconscious leaves the viewer spellbound and wanting more." 





Biography:
Lisa L. Cyr is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr's visually tactile, mixed-media work is composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. The artist's expansive visual vernacular and innovative use of alternative materials and approaches transcends mere technique, creating a dynamic pictorial idiom that is not only multidimensional but also multi-sensual.

A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr's artistic oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online, including features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and Incite: the Best of Mixed Media and just to name a few. In addition, Cyr's art is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration as well as in private collections.

The artist writes for many of the creative industry's leading art publications and has authored seven books on art and design, including the cutting-edge, mixed media best sellers entitled Experimental Painting and Art Revolution (North Light Books). In addition, Cyr speaks actively about successful promotional strategies, marketing opportunities and entrepreneurial endeavors for the creative industry and gives workshops on creating imaginative figurative art using innovative, mixed media techniques at professional organizations, universities and trade conferences. Her insightful, thought-provoking and highly visual lectures and workshops inform, inspire and motivate. She also teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs across the country. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City, Cyr works in partnership with her husband Christopher Short, painter, 3D illustrator and animator.

 



SPEAKING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

American Institute of Graphic Arts
The Society of Illustrators, NYC
The Art Students League of NY
The National Illustration Conference
The Norman Rockwell Museum
Columbus Society of Communicating Arts
The Hartford Art School MFA Program
University of the Arts
The Artist Network University
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
NH Creative Club
Pratt Institute
Parsons School of Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Kendall College of Art and Design
Southern Utah University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Syracuse University
Sage College of Albany
Marywood University MFA Program
Kutztown University
New Jersey City University
The University of New Hampshire
The University of Kansas
Keene State College
Notre Dame College
NH Institute of Art
Rochester Institute of Technology
Delgado Community College
Sharon Arts Center
Northampton Community College
NYC Final Cut Pro
Rivier College
Notre Dame College
Hesser College

East Stroudsburg University 
Ohio Tourism Bureau 
Mohawk Valley Community College 
Shanghai Normal School Cultural Exchange

CONFERENCES:
WOMEN IN ILLUSTRATION
Speaker discussing contemporary issues that face women in illustration.
The Norman Rockwell Museum

CONVERSATIONS: Rochester Institute of Technology
Speaker on a panel entitled “Inventing New Careers”, 2002

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Speaker discussing marketing and promotional strategies for illustrators.
Society of Illustrators, 2000

CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATION: 1930 TO PRESENT
Speaker and moderator on a panel discussing illustration over the decades.
Society of Illustrators, 2001

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION CONFERENCE , 1999, 2001, 2003
Speaker on a panel entitled Teaching the Industry,1999
Acted as the official writer for the conference, generating several feature articles and reviews. (2001 and 2003)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Check out my Dreams & Nightmares Video!

My latest illustrated video entitled In the World of Dreams & Nightmares is now live! 

"It's a time of immense change. What was once familiar is no longer. To make sense of the world collapsing around her, a young artist and writer escapes into the magical realm of her journals: a sacred place where dreams and nightmares come to call."

A free-spirited mix of the conscious and subconscious, the journey of self-discovery exposes the workings of the mind, where imagination and everyday life experience are recast into an entirely new role. 



By amassing myself into the midst of other worldly places, I create a portal, transcending me back to a time when the creative spirit reigned in a vast and limitless field of dreams. In my world of the fantastic, supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, epic dreamscapes, heavenly realms and timeless places. Adventurous quests to worlds beyond awaken my subconscious, leaving me spellbound and wanting more.


The illustrated video is part of an ongoing, labor of love project that I will be launching on Patreon by the end of the month. Your support will allow me to further my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon.

As the body of work grows, I plan on releasing signature, limited-edition books as well as videos with hybrid, multimedia approaches to storytelling throughout. In addition, illustrated sketchbooks of the work in series, note card sets, creative writing journals and inspirational calendars will also be created. I hope to someday have a major traveling exhibition of the work as a whole!

As an ongoing patron, you will not only receive special rewards but also VIP access to private openings, special discounts to newly released products and so much more! When certain goals are reached, I will have monthly group chats online, portfolio reviews, process and inspirational insight postings, technical tips and behind-the-scenes videos just to name a few.

I am very excited to go on this fantastical journey. Let’s do it together! Stay tuned for more details to come!


Join my mailing list!