Storyboard artist visits Bricktown Brewery

Esteemed graphic designer Saul Bass once said that design is “thinking made visible.” And Gabriel Hardman’s work is an example of that statement. A comic writer and illustrator and Hollywood storyboard artist, Hardman brings characters to life from the minds of directors like Christopher Nolan, Sam Raimi and Doug Liman along with hallowed comic characters Wonder Woman and The Hulk.

Thursday, Hardman brings his insight and experiences about the comic and film industries to Bricktown Brewery, 1 N. Oklahoma Ave. The evening is part of an event series by the Oklahoma chapter of AIGA, formerly known as the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Tickets are $25 for the public and are free to AIGA members.

AIGA Oklahoma’s programming director, Brian Winkeler, a longtime friend of Hardman, said this visit offers a perspective that local designers and fans of the comic and film industries rarely experience in person.

“He brings expertise and knowledge that have not been shown here before,” Winkeler said. “He’s done storyboards for Inception, Edge of Tomorrow, Interstellar. He has great stories about working with directors and other people.”

Winkeler expects Hardman to speak in-depth about “process,” or the steps taken in creating storyboards.

“In storyboarding, you’re basically breaking down a film into a comic strip,” Winkeler said. “This not only involves the artist, but also the director and set and costume designers. Gabriel’s got plenty of experience and stories about this process.”

Hardman also writes and illustrates original work. Last month, he and his wife and collaborator Corinna Bechko released part one of Invisible Republic a three-part graphic novel series. Norman resident Jordan Boyd is the color artist for the series.

AIGA is the preeminent professional organization for design. Founded in 1914, AIGA aims to advance the craft and create a community of practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons. Hardman’s appearance is one of a series of events the Oklahoma chapter has held at Bricktown Brewery.

“Our goal is to bring in talent and share it with the city and creative community,” Winkeler said.

Recent guests include Dave Curd, a video game art director whose resume includes five titles of the Call of Duty series; Bob Calvano, vice president of design for A+E Networks; and designer, illustrator, author and teacher Tad Carpenter.

Winkeler also uses the events to bring positive attention for Oklahoma City to the influential players in the design industry.

He spoke of the industry’s evolution in Oklahoma, which he has witnessed since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1992.

“There was nothing here for designers back then. Many of my friends moved off for jobs,” Winkeler said. “But now ... you can find great graphic design jobs here.”

Print headline: Visual storytelling, Artist Gabriel Hardman brings his knowledge of art and the film industry to OKC.

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