MARCOS CHIN IN THE HOUSE!

The MFA in Illustration had an incredible visit from Society of Illustrators Gold Medal award winner Marcos Chin. Marcos actually came in to do a bit of an interview role-play with our thesis bound students-turned out that he was a bit too nice to play the difficult interviewee and instead, showered us with tons of information! Afterwards, he stayed on and showed his work, self promo-pieces and his new silkscreened tee shirts. Marcos is really generous-
we reaped the benefits of some
give-aways- and so much fun to
be around.
Thank you, Marcos!!!  http://www.marcoschin.com

MFA Thesis Reading: Marguerite Dabaie, MFA ’13 on Women in Middle Eastern Comics: RESCHEDULED! Now on Dec. 5!

Marguerite Dabaie, who in May 2012 completed her thesis, “Women in Middle-Eastern Comics,” will explain her thesis-writing journey, from her initial idea, through her research  to the unique opportunities that have arisen since completion. She will also read a passage from her thesis and encourage everyone that completing one is indeed, possible!

Open to MFA students
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 6pm  SF 102
If you are from the FIT community and would like to attend, please email melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu

 

Chad Wallace, MFA ’11, Goes Digital and Under the Sea

We just heard from MFA grad Chad Wallace-his new book is beautiful and all digital-
complete with an animated trailer created by Chad!
Seahorses” by Jennifer Keats Curtis is my first digitally rendered book for children.  My experience in the Master of Fine Arts program at FIT has given me the skills required to stay current in a quickly changing field.  This includes animating the first few pages of the book to be used as a promotional trailer.  It’s a first step into a larger world as I explore the potential of moving/interactive e-books.”–Chad Wallace

Check out the trailer!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTTyskaILSo

what’s hAPPening? Lecture!

Monika Maniecki, MFA alum ’11 and now, MFA faculty, will speak on Tuesday night, Oct. 16 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre on her love for painting on her IPad. She has mastered the art of using ART RAGE and will share it with us. Monika will share the stage with illustrator Laura Tallardy, who has illustrated AND developed her own app, Mermaid Fashion Show. Laura has the whole how-to in a very revealing and generous presentation on how she conceived, designed, illustrated and sold her app! The FIT community is welcome!  6-8 pm. Light refreshments!

MFA Thesis Reading: Marguerite Dabaie, MFA ’13 on Women in Middle Eastern Comics

Marguerite Dabaie, who in May 2012 completed her thesis, “Women in Middle-Eastern Comics,” will explain her thesis-writing journey, from her initial idea, through her research  to the unique opportunities that have arisen since completion. She will also read a passage from her thesis and encourage everyone that completing one is indeed, possible!

Open to MFA students
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 6pm  SF 102
If you are from the FIT community and would like to attend, please email melanie_reim@fitnyc.edu

 

FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY

 

Tomi Ungerer rose to prominence in the late 1950s as the creator of acclaimed children’s books—”I dare say, no one was as original,” Maurice Sendak once ventured. Ungerer’s creativity also encompassed iconic 60s protest posters and lavish books of erotica; but when his work was banned, he risked fading into obscurity. This film performs a laudable act of rediscovery by capturing his incredible personality on camera and bringing his artwork to life through enchanting animated sequences.

  • 1:45 PM, Sat. Nov. 10, 2012 – SVA – Tickets become available on Friday, October 12, 2012.
  • 11:30 AM, Tue. Nov. 13, 2012 – IFC Center – Tickets become available on Friday, October 12, 2012.

http://www.docnyc.net/film/far-out-isnt-far-enough-the-tomi-ungererstory/#.UHYds7RgMlI

Pursuing Passion=Work! Nathaniel Gold, MFA ’11

Nathaniel Gold has a long standing love affair with anything chimp. We could not help but encourage him to put this amor together with his hand for his Capstone when pursuing his MA in 2007. Nathaniel has never looked back. His body
of work for his MA graduating exhibition was produced in his
self-published book, The Chimpanzee Manifesto and won
an Independent Book Award. Primatologist and writer
Eric Michael Johnson saw Nathaniel’s work while he was finishing his MFA at FIT and invited him to partner with him on Scientific American online-
a collaborative effort that has been keeping Nathaniel for the past two years.  The collaboration has just expanded to an article on Slate Magazine online. You can see the result of these great stories here:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/primate-diaries/
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/human_
evolution/2012/10/groups_and_gossip_drove_the_evolution_of_human_nature.single.html

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR GRAD STUDENTS

 

SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship

Each year, the SCBWI sponsors four conference scholarships for full-time graduate or undergraduate students studying illustration. Scholarship applications for the 2013 Winter Conference in New York open October 1st!
Each scholarship will provide:
Admission to all conference events including keynotes and breakout sessions
• Entry in the Juried Portfolio Showcase.  •The Illustration Master Class (Los Angeles) or the Illustrator Intensive (New York) •An individual portfolio consultation with an illustrator •Exclusive exposure to art directors at the conference •One year’s SCBWI membership dues. Transportation, accommodation and related expenses are not included.

ELIGIBILITY:To be eligible, you must be currently enrolled as a full time graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited educational institution.Applicants cannot have published a picture book or have received this scholarship before. SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarships in any given year.
More info here:

http://onceuponasketch.com/2012/10/scbwi-student-illustrator-scholarship/

 

Bri Hermanson, MFA ’11 launches Kickstarter project

Check out Bri’s beautiful book project on Kickstarter! Here is a little bit about it, from Bri~

BARK PARK, celebrates the magic of dogs and the equally magical alphabet, without which we couldn’t even give dogs names in the first place.  The dream for this book started while was living in New York City and going to grad school at FIT for my MFA in Illustration. Even in this crowded city, dog parks were nestled between tall buildings.  I noticed how the dogs loved to run, play, engage each other, and just be in the world. With this book, I explore the quirky, intelligent inner lives of each dog — celebrating their own intrinsic dogness. Also check out  Daily Dog Scratch blog~dogscratch.tumblr.com   Good luck, Bri!