Robert Hunt
Criterion Designs
The upcoming, beautiful design book Criterion Designs is going to be available Nov 25! It is available for preorder now
I am honored to have my work included among that of so many great illustrators. Three projects I did for the Criterion Collection are included including my most recent, Picnic at Hanging Rock.
The book includes sketches, revisions, process shots and more form over one hundred illustrators. A treasure trove for anyone interested in illustration or film.
Art for Picnic at Hanging Rock. Used as the cover for an accompanying book as well as insert for the DVD. A real challenge to make an illustration that tries to capture the languid, mysterious, atmospheric nature of the film.
close up detail
Here is a complete list of all the artists included in the book:
Aesthetic Apparatus, Michael Allred, Eric Chase Anderson, Marian Bantjes, Michael Boland, Vera Brosgol, Evan Bryce, Art Chantry, Daniel Clowes, Tavis Coburn, Josh Cochran, Jorge Coelho, Darwyn Cooke, Béatrice Coron, Rodrigo Corral, Jordan Crane, Akiko Crowther, Fred Davis, Jack Davis, Paul Davis, Ian Dingman, David Downton, Ming Doyle, Laurent Durieux, Marcel Dzama, Marc English, Malika Favre, Gary Fernandez, Sean Freeman, John Gall, Robert Goodin, Geoff Grandfield, Turlo Griffin, Polly Guo, Sarah Habibi, Jason Hardy, Jaime Hernandez, Jessica Hische, Samuel Hiti, Human After All, Robert Hunt, Paul Jackson, Meredith Jenks, Rob Jones, Neil Kellerhouse, Victor Kerlow, Matt Kindt, Frank Kozik, Caitlin Kuhwald, Yann Legendre, Patrick Leger, Ron Lesser, Luba Lukova, Ha C. Ly, Andrew MacLean, Gregory Manchess, Benjamin Marra, David Merveille, F. Ron Miller, Scott Morse, Bill Nelson, Yuri Ono, Sean Phillips, David Plunkert, Paul Pope, Jesse Marinoff Reyes, Jim Rugg, Greg Ruth, Seth, Leanne Shapton, Jay Shaw, Yuko Shimizu, Bill Sienkiewicz, Eric Skillman, Sam Smith, Edward Sorel, Jhomar Soriano, Tyler Stout, Jillian Tamaki, Adrian Tomine, Riccardo Vecchio, Maurice Vellekoop, Ricardo Venâncio, Angie Wang, Barnaby Ward, Sam Weber, Kent Williams, Connor Willumsen, Ron Wimberly, George Wu, Lucien S. Y. Yang, Kate Zambrano, Danijel Zezelj, Vania Zouravliov
DVD cover art for Autumn Sonata, a film by Ingmar Bergman. I received a nice note from the girl in the painting, the now grown-up daughter of Ingmar Bergman and actress Liv Ullman (also in the film).
I am so pleased to have a chance to work with art director Eric Skillman, and to work with Criterion. To be involved with these films, this company and with this book is an opportunity to be associated, albiet obliquely, with some of the greatest works in film history. It's a great privilege.
Tom Petty for Rolling Stone
Earlier this month I got a call from Matthew Cooley at Rolling Stone to ask if I could paint Tom Petty for the Record review opener. 
Sketch. Nowadays I do paintings as sketches whenever the subject is simple enough to lend itself to this process. My thumbnails are usually on post-its.
Finish detail.
Dale Stephanos emailed me this shot of the painting in the magazine. Its still a thrill to see my work in there. (I subscribe to RS but was out of town and hadn't seen it yet). Later i had the ultimate thrill of seeing it being scrutinized by a fellow passenger on a plane.
ICON demo
For those who are interested, this was painted in the same manner as the first demo I did at ICON, oil over a loose charcoal drawing on bond paper.
In progress shot. I really didnt want to go much further than this but the face still needed work. The trick, of course, is knowing when to stop. How much detail to satisfy that this is a specific model Rickenbacker without having it pull attention away from the face?
The first time I ever went to RS, the art assistant told me my work wasn't of the kind they used.  I've been to the offices of Rolling Stone many times since then and stood in front of the work of so many great illustrators - I understand what she meant. Still- I wanted to be one of them.
Many years later, I'm still trying to get better. Getting in Rolling Stone  was a long time goal. I eventually achieved it a while back - but it's still a huge thrill to get that call.  Thanks Matthew and Joe at Rolling Stone for trusting me with this special piece of real estate.
I have been working since May on work for my new show UTOPIA, which opens tomorrow in Oakland. I wanted to have a show of landscape paintings  that worked as a cohesive entity, as opposed to a group of random pictures. Time has been in short supply this summer and I needed to work on the show close to home. Luckily, I happen to live a  30 minute drive from what to me is the most beautiful and serene place on earth.
The Meeting Place

Limantour Beach, a part of  the Point Reyes National Seashore, is protected from development by law, and protected from the crowds by a winding and obscure access road. It is a unique ecosystem and a challenging place to paint with winds, tides, light  and fog in constant flux.

I tried to go there every day for 30 days. ( I must confess that I missed a few days due to other deadlines). Worikng around my illustration assignments, I went usually very early in the morning or late in the aftternoon when the wind dies enough to keep sand out of the painting. I did over 40 pieces, 16 were keepers and are in the show.

All but two of these  pieces were painted in the last week of May through  June 25, 2014. All were painted on location.   Each painting is an artifact that represents a struggle between my ambition for the piece, the limitations of my own skill,  and the meteorological conditions on any given day. 

All That Remains
Ebb Tide
Primeval Wind
Primeval wind- detail

Love Letter
3 pelicans
fading light
Sand Castle
Hanging Gardens
East of the West
The more one looks at a specific place, the more one can see the beauty and complexity in the simplest things. One could spend one's entire life working on this spit of tidal land, trying to capture  a fraction of  the beauty and understated grandeur of Utopia. 
I hope if you are in the area that you can come to the reception tomorrow night!
Robert Hunt: UTOPIA 
Reception 6/28 6-10 PM
Arte Verissima Gallery
4432 Piedmont Ave,
Oakland, CA 94611 
Every year the Society of Illustrators hosts the Microvisions show and auction. This year I was among the ten artists  asked to create 5x7 original paintings which are auctioned to raise funds for the Scholarship fund.  To date the Microvisions auctions have raised over $25,000 for scholarships.Its a small way to help defray the cost of education for a few worthy students and get an anazing deal on original illustration art.
Please check it out and consider bidding- the auction is open for one more day.
Artists featured in this year's exhibit include Richard Anderson, Steve Belledin, Nicolas Delort, Eric Fortune, Robert Hunt, Greg Manchess, Iain McCaig, Tran Nguyen, and Karla Ortiz.
Medusa, 5x7 inches plus frame, oil.

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