Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Assignment: ZombieBOMB Anthology

Art Director and fellow artist Adam Miller will be picking one student work to be published in the "pin up" section of a new comic anthology involving zombies! We are looking for pieces that are, in Adam's words, "about zombies and awesome".

All mediums and styles welcomed.

Size: 11"x17"

Sketches due: Oct 5th

Final Due: Oct 12th, posted on blog by 6pm

You will have time to fix anything after the 12th. Adam's deadline will be sometime late October and will be posted ASAP when received.

Student Work: Creation Story

Our creation story about Sedna resulted in a tie for third place! Congrats to all.


Chelsie Sutherland (best use of clothes...meaning none)


Benjamin Donahue (best use of projectile animals)


Kevin Ilacqua (best action scene)


Michael Vance (best reference to a scene from "Jaws")

Student Work: "So, Tell Me..."

My trusty digital camera captured the nominated top three solutions to our editorial assignment, an article about the perils of interviews and its process.


Michael Vance


Chelsie Sutherland


Benjamin Donahue

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Student Work: 7 Deadly Sins

During every critique, students nominate their top three solutions to the assignment. Congrats! Look out for more student work soon...


"Pride" by Chelsie Sutherland


"Greed" by Kevin Ilacqua


"Sloth" by Michael Vance

Monday, September 21, 2009

Office Hours

I am in the back office of room 305 Mondays from roughly 11:30-12:15 if you need to see me for anything.

Assignment: Products

Products: Choice of Wine Labels or Tarot Cards

Size: labels are roughly 4”x4”, cards 2.75”x 4.75” (same ratio)

Illustrators enjoy a variety of product designs, ranging from novelty items to packaging. For this project you will have the choice of illustrating 3 tarot cards (2 fronts, one back) or 3 wine labels. If you pick wine labels you may want to plan not only a coherent style for all three labels but also think about necessary text for the brand of the wine, the type of wine (chardonnay, shiraz, merlot, etc), and possibly where it’s from. Tarot cards should be researched to make sure that the meaning and imagery correspond (for instance, the “death” card does not mean death as much as it does rebirth). Think about how imagery, style, and color helps to unite the elements of your project. Do not be afraid to try something unexpected if you wish.

Sketches due: Sept 28

Progress critique: Oct 5

(No Class Oct 12)

Final due: Oct 19

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Great Way to Think of Ideas

Seasoned illustrator and artist Nate Williams shares a great post about how he thinks of ideas for his illustrations. Check it out on his blog.

Assignment: Ogden Nash Poem

Illustrated Text: Ogden Nash Poem

Size: determined by artist

No Maximum Saturated Colors

Create an illustration incorporating hand done text for one of the Ogden Nash poems below. Notice that your samples given in class incorporate images and are still conscious of elements such as composition. Please use the title as well as the actual poem in your final illustration.

Color wise, create a palette that does not have any maximum saturated colors (colors will be lighter, darker, or grayed out from their purest form, so no fire engine red!). Remember to borrow ideas from the color presentation.

You can check out tigercolor,com to refresh yourself on some of the color theory we talked about


Sketches Due: Sept 21

Final Due: Sept 28

Ode To Baby

A bit of talcum
Is always walcum.

Further Reflections on Parsley

Is gharsley

Reflection on Ice-Breaking

Is Dandy
But liquor
Is quicker





Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Assignment: Creation Story

Creation Story

Size: must reprint as a 10”x 6” (h) image. Same ratio.

Color: try to create a palette based off of the presentation in class and the idea of “sophisticated complementary colors”.

Illustrate the Inuit creation story about Sedna. You will not have to worry about placement of text, as it would be placed below the image, not inside. You can take multiple approaches including being inspired by Inuit folk art, making this a children’s illustration, or exploring the dark nature of this tale. You WILL have to think about building your palette from a set of complimentary colors, something we will go over our next class before you move onto the final.

Sketches Due: Sep. 14th

Final Due: Sept. 21st

At the beginning of the world there were giants.

They lived on the land and ate the fruits of the land. One year, as the days began to get shorter and colder, a baby girl was born to two of the giants. They named her Sedna.

Day by day, as the sun became weaker and smaller, Sedna grew stronger and bigger. She grew and grew very quickly until, in no time at all, she was huge. Soon she was bigger than her giant parents.

The bigger she got the more she ate and the more she needed to eat, but there were not enough plants on the land to satisfy her hunger. One night, ravenously hungry, she began to gnaw her parents legs.

‘Owww!’ they cried, ‘that's enough of that.’ With a great struggle they bundled Sedna up in a blanket and carried her to their canoe. It was dark but they paddled out to sea in the light of a hazy moon. When they reached the middle of the ocean, they pushed Sedna overboard into the icy waters.

And that, they thought, was that. They started to paddle back towards the land, shivering for the cold and also for shame at what they had done to their own daughter. Yet before they had gone far, the canoe stopped - no matter how fast they paddled, the canoe would not move forward. To their horror they saw two hands, Sedna's hands, reaching out of the water to grip the canoe and then to rock it from side to side.

The giants felt the boat shaking. Soon they would be tossed into the ocean they would surely drown, unless they did something quickly.

Simply to save themselves, they pulled out sharp knives and chopped off Sedna's fingers. One by one the fingers splashed into the sea and, as they sank, they changed into swimming creatures. One became a whale, one a seal, another a walrus, another a salmon. The fingers changed into all the creatures of the seas.

As for Sedna, she drifted through new shoals of fish to the bottom off the ocean. There the fishes built her an underwater tent. Above her, the cold waters formed a crust of ice and sealed Sedna in her wintry, watery world. She still lives there, and whenever the Inuit are short of food, they call on Sedna and she provides it, even in the depths of winter.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

7 Deadly Sin/ "So, Tell Me What I Want To Hear"

The Seven Deadly Sins

Size: determined by artist

Black & White

In any style, create a black and white image depicting the sin you have selected. Use this as a chance to “introduce” yourself to me, whether it’s through high contrast, graphic shapes or subtly painted values and tones. Your final should be well-crafted and have a strong concept (we should be able to tell what it is when on the wall).

Final Due: Sept 14th

Editorial: “So, Tell Me What I Want To Hear”

Size: must reprint as a 5”x6” image (final has to be the same ratio)

Full Color

Writer Cecil Donahue manages to take a dry subject (the job interview) and create a fresh article full of whit, sarcasm, and interesting imagery (“corporate kabuki” is full of illustration potential!). This was originally printed in Gentleman’s Quarterly (known as simply GQ), a men’s magazine attracting young men along with older readers. Your goal is to create an equally fresh and engaging image to go along with the text.

Editorial Illustration is full of many styles and approaches, from silkscreen inspired images to sleek, fashionable interpretations. Create something that is in tune with the article as well as your artistic vision.

Sketches Due: please email 2-3 high quality sketches to me by 5:00 p.m. on Sept 7

(72 dpi Jpegs, no larger than 600 pixels tall or 5 inches tall)

Final Due: Sept 14th