Hello from South Carolina!
I was invited to an Artist Residency from at
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville South Carolina.
Thank you to the Museum and also to the
National Endowment for the Arts Foundation for the grant.
The Children’s Museum is having an exhibition called Hello Japan, introducing children to the old traditional as well as new Japanese culture such as Karaoke,
Prikura, Harajyuku Fashion, Manga, Anime, etc.
I was invited to do four workshops and an artist talk during this residency.
My workshop was about a simple way to make characters. It was fantastic to work with kids (and adults) during the workshop.
They were amazing once they got the “how to” part down-
they really got into it and created many of their own characters.
Here is a link to a TV show that museum president Nancy Halverson and I were invited to. You can see the exhibition here and very small part of what I did at the workshop.
You can see more of Aya’s work here
We are really proud of faculty member Dennis Dittrich. He is part of a distinguished panel of illustrators speaking today at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Here is the link:
Martin Wittfooth will not be teaching until the Spring semester,
but there is much to learn from him in this interview on clawclaw.com,
highlighting his evocative, surrealistic, masterful paintings.
Bri Hermanson, MFA ’11 is interviewed by Mark Kaufman for ICON8 The Illustration Conference. Only a select few get this nod- Check it out here. ICON8 is the place to be this summer- gathering in Portland with three amazing days for illustration folks around the globe. The MFA in Illustration at FIT is proud to say that faculty members Martha Rich and Aya Kakeda will be in Portland this summer- and Chairperson Melanie Reim will be the Volunteer Coordinator again- ICON6 and ICON7, too!
Faculty member Martha Rich has some cool guest speakers on a weekly basis-Here’s a great overhead shot of a drawing jam with Philadelphia based illustrator Gina Triplett-
Forever Stamp, USPS, Rudy Gutierrez
That’s because we are SO very happy and proud of faculty member Rudy Gutierrez. The US Postal Service unveils Rudy’s Jimi Hendrix Forever Stamp TODAY! It is a beauty. This is Rudy’s first stamp- it is a great honor to be included in this group of accomplished and recognized illustrators who do get to illustrate a stamp for our country. Congratulations, Rudy! You can read more about it here and here-and here!
Every Saturday in our fall semester, the lights dim and beloved professor Murray Tinkelman delivers his rollicking take on the History of American Illustration to our students. When he is not lecturing, he is always working and now, has a solo show, Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Ma., March 29-June 15, 2014.
Explore the award-winning art of Murray Tinkelman, a Hall of Fame illustrator whose pen-and-ink drawings have captured the essence of the American experience for more than six decades. The artist’s work has appeared in such national publications as Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and have been commissioned by The National Park Service and The U.S. Air Force, among others. An exceptional educator, he has inspired generations of illustrators at Syracuse University and the Hartford School of Art. Baseball, rodeos, classic cars, Native American culture, and other themes that inspire the artist’s passionate, life-long interest will be reflected in the works on view.
Meet Murray Tinkelman during our Special Exhibition Opening Event to be held Saturday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free for members or $20 for not-yet-members.
In no special order, it is time to fill you in on all of the goings on in the MFA in Illustration. Faculty and students have been BUSY with all kinds of great stuff!
Han-Yuan Yu, MFA ’15, NEVER stops! Here he is a featured artist as well as the cover artist for IMAGINE FX Magazine. We are so proud of you, Han! How do you do it all AND keep up with school? AMAZING!
Our students and faculty alike are busy this fall! MIldor Chevalier, MFA ’16 is having a solo show this weekend in Canada! Mildor is Haitian, educated in the Dominican Republic and NYC, and has been the recipient of several artist in residencies. With his entry to this year’s MFA class, he is a new, NYC resident, living in Queens. His show opens this weekend.
Brian Ajhar will again be a featured artist at the CTN Convention in Burbank in November! http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/brian-ajhar
Brendan Leach just launched his new graphic novel, Iron Bound. Here is a preview of the that that you are in for! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai0q7U9nCVs
This fall we are so excited to have Brian Ajhar join our faculty to teach Character Design! Brian’s wonderful work spans a career of creating stories and the characters that inhabit them for film, TV, children’s books and editorial work. His new book, No Pirates Allowed! is out to rave reviews and today, he has a piece in the Wall Street Journal. When does he sleep??!! Welcome, Brian!