Saturday, October 31, 2009

Alex Harrison on Arts Memphis

MCA Illustration Alumnus Alex Harrison talks about art, music, and life without TV while sporting a couple different hair styles.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Marjane Satrapi at the U of M

For those of you who have mastered being in two places at once: On November 3, 6:45pm, The University of Memphis and Memphis Reads present Marjane Satrapi, creator of Persepolis. This is a very rare opportunity to Ms. Satrapi, as she doesn't come to the States that often. It is free and open to the public.

Bill Plympton at MCA

I highly recommend next week's guest lecturer, Bill Plympton. Funny, perverse, and a rare instance of colored pencils turning into something nice to look at.

There is a screening of "Idiots and Angels" at Malco on the Square, Monday Nov 2 at 7.30 pm (free to students with MCA ID)
and the lecture in Callicott on Tuesday, Nov 3 at 7.00 pm.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sinbad surprises/attacks several students!

Hey Gang, Sinbad stopped by the illustration room last Wednesday to spend a few moments striking poses from some of his more memorable adventures. Such a nice guy! Anyway, you'll find a handful of those poses right here:
Now, you have NO excuse not to have the most beautiful Sinbad illustration in the history of Sinbad illustrations!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

500 Pencils Competition

As seen in The Black & White, is co-sponsoring a student competition to draw 4 scenes for a children's coloring book:
Devise 4 scenes of an original story and illustrate them for a coloring book for children of ages 5-7.
We are looking for imaginative, positive stories and illustrations that translate into fun coloring-in pages for young kids.

You must be a student to enter (winner and honorable mention recipients will be required to provide proof of their student status).
Your narrative and drawings must be understandable to 5-7 year olds.
The 4 scenes must be consecutive scenes, but they do not need to tell an entire story from start to finish.
As with all coloring book illustrations, the drawings must be outlines.
Your story and drawings must be original.

Your entry must include:
• 4 illustrations that follow the requirements stated above.
• A brief description of the scenes and characters depicted.

$500 plus a set of 500 Colored Pencils to the winning design.
Judges may award up to 2 Honorable Mentions to receive a set of 500 Colored Pencils.

You know, I hate colored pencils. Just hate them. But even I would kinda like 500 of them. Imagine the colors!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Where The Wild Things Meet Up

Movie Time!

Official MCA Illustrator viewing time for Where The Wild Things Are is 9:15 at Studio on the Square. It is recommended that you get your tickets ahead of time.

And to get yourself in the spirit of the thing, check out the great WTWTA illustrations over at Terrible Yellow Eyes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Maurice Sendak

The Rosenbach Musuem & Library, home to the Maurice Sendak Gallery, has a number of interview videos with Mr. Sendak. Sendak brought both incisive intelligence and raw emotional experience to his books, and it's nice to hear some of teh stories behind the pages.

via Drawn!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Strathmore's "How Do You See Green?"

Strathmore, the people who make the stuff you make art on, are having an Illustration Contest.


Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (CT) on November 30, 2009.

How to Enter:

  • Create a piece of art that expresses the theme of “green” and “environment” using dry media techniques on Strathmore paper. (pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc.)
  • Scan or photograph artwork for submission to the contest.
  • Complete the online entry form and upload image from your computer.
  • Images must be in jpeg format and no larger than 2.0 mb file size. No mail-in entry is available.
  • Once you have completed the submission process, you will receive a confirmation that the upload was successful.

Who May Enter:

  • Contest is open to all artists 18 years of age or older on or before the date of January 31, 2010.
  • Artists may enter in 1 of 2 categories: student or professional/hobbyist.
  • There are no entry fees. Contest is void where prohibited.


  • Artwork may not have been made commercially available, have won any other prize/award, or been previously submitted to any other contest.
  • Art must be the exclusive original work of the entrant.