EPIC Lecture! Tyler Carter of Blue Sky Studio visits MFA in Illo

Pun Intended! In just two weeks, the latest animated feature, EPIC will open, delivered  from Blue Sky Studios, of Ice Age and Rio fame. We were SO very lucky to have Vis Dev artist Tyler Carter come to our classroom to deliver a jam-packed with info lecture and
A-MAZING demo. It was magic all the way around. Tyler is an incredible talent and speaker and as a great surprise ending, brought some give-away goodies. After mapping out to us in detail the way the pipeline works, he created this portrait- in just under 40 minutes. You could hear a pin drop as we all watched in awe and listened to a rousing lesson on VALUE in digital painting. What a night! Look for his work on EPIC. Thank you, Carter- you blew us away!

Adobe Got this one Right: Professor Danny Pelavin Speaks at Adobe Max Conference

Our own resident designer, typographer, illustrator, and of course, professor, Danny Pelavin is just back from  Adobe Max 2013 Conference on Creativity in SoCal. With his usual mix of smart, cunning commentary, coupled with a sublime visual history, a nod to his mentors, and self-depricating humor that belies the brilliance of his work, he delivered his lecture, Fonts? We Don’t Need No Stinking Fonts! It is all at once humorous, informative and inspiring, just like Danny. Adobe described it this way: Take a tour of typographic design that crosses the boundaries between lettering and illustration with master designer Daniel Pelavin. Rarely using standard fonts, Pelavin prefers to create his own, giving his work an individuality made possible in large part by the powerful tools in Adobe Illustrator.
We are so proud that year after year, Danny donates his time and brilliance to design our catalog for Visual Thesis.

For the love of Chimps: Nathaniel Gold MFA ’11

Today marks another chapter in Nathaniel Gold’s life-long ambition to be “The Chimp Artist.” Nathaniel has long been a lover and a champion for the rights of chimpanzees. What began as an MA  capstone project and continued with Nathaniel’s MFA Visual Thesis presentation, has grown in unexpected ways, from a regular column in Scientific American online to today-the opening of Nathaniel’s collaborative show, Equality and Individuality,  in Vero Beach, Florida.  All proceeds will go to the Save the Chimps organization and the preservation of the animals so near and dear to us all, but especially to Nathaniel. The show runs from May 1 to June 1. Great work, Nathaniel and best of luck to you!