Rob Dunlavey Profile

For the last few years, I've been occasionally working on personal film and photography projects. Each project lent itself to learning more about various equipment and how to use them.

I met Rob through our association on Drawger and quickly started a friendship sharing sketchbooks and even working on one together. It was a fun and eye-opening challenge to work on the same art together. A few years later, I ended up moving up to Boston and we became closer friends. Rob has always interested me as an artist. His sketchbook work being the hub but also how he approaches his art and work.

Through my film experimentation, I thought I would further explore the documentary format that I started with the Kristina Carroll Profile film I did among other pieces. It's helped me learn how to work with the equipment but also learn how to work on projects in real time with external issues out of my control - weather and so on. Of course, this also gave me the opportunity to talk deeper with Rob about his life and work which was incredibly inspiring.

For this film, I wanted to show a few snippets of three major points. HIs 'free' sketchbook work; his illustration and children's book work; and his observational life drawing.

Kristina Carroll Short Film

Over the course of the last year, I've been experimenting with filmmaking and photography and may start putting it out there in a real way at some point. I'm enjoying it for what it is right now which is mostly experimentation. Originally, this was supposed to be a test of some new equipment but after going through the footage, I thought there was enough to put together a short profile of Kristina Carroll. Since I was just asking her questions about what she was doing prior to deciding to go to School of Visual Arts, the film led to her describing how she eventually made her way to New York City from Montana via acting school prior to her decision to become an illustrator.

Kristina will have a table at the upcoming Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! event in Kansas City from May 9th through the 11th and will also be on a panel called 'Fantastic Women' where they will be discussing what it means to be a woman in the male dominated Science Fiction and Fantasy Art illustration business. Here is also a recent interview she did about that same topic. 

If you visit SFAL, stop by the booth! We'll both be hanging out, drawing and chatting it up.