Thursday, February 24, 2011
Memphis College of Art hosts Drawing Comment: Illustration & Social Commentary
Feb. 19 through March 27, 2010 in the Main Gallery, Rust Hall in Overton Park.
Steve Brodner, Anita Kunz and Luba Lukova, the three illustrators included in the exhibition, will participate in a panel discussion moderated by MCA's Joel Priddy Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium.
Opening reception for the exhibition is Friday, Feb. 25 from 5-7 pm.
Please come! Ask questions!
Monday, February 21, 2011
This is for serious inknerds only, but Holy Moly, it's an inknerd's bonanza!
Gerhard worked for years drawing backgrounds for Dave Sim's Cerebus. I think I can say without fear of contradiction that they are the most amazing backgrounds in Comics History. Absolutely jaw-dropping stuff.
Now, he opens up with a in-depth interview over on the Comics Journal. Lots of specific discussion of drafting and inking techniques, plus an eye-witnesses account of Cerebus' plunge from brilliance to infamy.
MCA Students Win Broadside Competition
The work of two seniors from the Memphis College of Art has been selected as the winning entry in the National Portfolio Day Association juried competition.
The entry, an informational broadside, will be produced in Memphis and distributed in late summer to over 60,000 high schools and junior colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada.
MCA submitted two entries, placing first and second.
Associate Professor David Charles Chioffi directed the project in conjunction with Associate Professor Joel Priddy.
This will mark the fourth time MCA has produced the national broadside in six years of competition. Additionally, MCA is the only college to host three National Portfolio Days annually.
– Aisling Maki
Friday, February 18, 2011
In the wake of the Publisher's Weekly piece, the Memphis Flyer now has a nice, full-page article on our Comics program. We're two articles-worth of famous!
The website skips the attribution, so let me mention here that the image illustrating the piece is from Kayla Cline's Slag Valley, which is being created for the Comics 4 class.
The Memphis Flyer
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Adventure Time fans should check out all this neat stuff Executive Producer Fred Seibert posted on his flickr...it has a lot of concept art and super neat set ups for the initial viewing of the show. Lots of neat display ideas...and well, it's Adventure Time!
Okay, you have to get past the fact that it's a comic about anthropomorphic cats acting all dramatic and flirty. Tracy J. Butler has some solid comics chops, and this is a great set of notes on cartooning facial expressions. In particular, it is a brilliant and necessary skewering of the lazy shortcuts we so easily fall into.
This is of particular relevance to the Comics 2 kids, but good for all of us.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Well, I'm coming to the party late, what with the project having just wrapped up, but this is a fun blog to check out. Fifteen illustrators chose books they love, and made lovely pictures about them. Folks like Daniel Krall, Lucy Knisely, Meg Hunt, and Sam Bosma.
The above image is from Brave New World, illustrated by the superb Emily Carroll.
Picture Book Report
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
While there are only a few of these programs at present, their rapid growth matches the growth and development of the comics category and industry overall as the medium comes to be to be recognized as a legitimate creative discipline.
For further perusal:
Comics on Campus: New Programs Grow, Attract Diverse Students
Caroline Huss pointed out this link to an interview with Irene Gallo. I've posted about Ms. Gallo before, and, and as an art director deeply interested in fostering great illustration, she is worth paying attention to. Evidence to support this claim may be found at the following links:
Irene Gallo's blog
Illustration Master Class
Good job, Illustrators! And good job, Illustration instructors!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Thank goodness we live in the future, and distance is no barrier. All the lectures are now available to view via your handy information appliance.