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!
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.
MF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY is proud to present a new show of paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and installations by three international female artists: Nicoz Balboa (Italy/France) Aya Kakeda, (Japan) & Angie Mason (U.S.A.) These artists, all known for creating colorful and whimsical worlds where animals interact with girls and all sorts of fantastical characters, will have new art for sale, and each artist will also be creating a permanent mural in the entranceway to the gallery.
Aya Kakeda was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and is now living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In her art, she often depicts an imaginary place she created, called ToTai Island, and the creatures that inhabit it. For this new show at MF Gallery, she illustrates the microscopic world of ToTai island; the girl (named “Micro-Chan”) who lives inside of the creatures on the island, and her story. She will be showing gouache paintings and ceramic sculpture installations. This is Aya’s first year with us at FIT and we couldn’t be happier! Aya is also the recipient of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators Annual Show. What an year for you, Aya!
Martha Rich is showing in Philly, her present hometown. Yes, that’s right- she brings it from Philly every week to teach for us! So, show her some love and see her great work-Opening April 5. Here is the Facebook invite. Good luck, Martha!
By day, Anelle Miller is the Director of the Society of Illustrators in New York. Dennis Dittrich is the President. They have turned the place on its ear- there is not a night when there is not a drawing session, a lecture, film, dinner, trivia contest, or happy hour. How fortunate for us that by night, Anelle and Dennis are on our faculty. Anelle teaches Business and Promotion Strategies, specializing in marketing and grant writing. Dennis commandeers our Visual Thesis classes, expertly steering our students to producing their culminating body of work. Well, how fantastic is this? The New York Times featured Anelle today and quoted Dennis- and btw, mentioned another faculty member, Monika Maniecki for a lecture on creating art on an iPad, that was first delivered at FIT.This is a wonderful article and a great acknowledgement for someone who delivers 1000% wherever she is.
There are certain people in this world who need no last name- they are known as the icons that they are when you simply say their first names- faculty member Murray (Tinkelman, for those of you who need to get up to speed) is one of those- reknown illustrator, lecturer, educator, and on a personal note, incredible life-long mentor to this Chair, and many of our faculty. We are so, so very proud to tell you that Murray will be inducted into the Society of Illustrator’s Hall of Fame this coming June- and that’s not all- Murray has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Kendall College of Art & Design. Congratulations, Dr. Tinkelman! We are so happy that you are with us!
Martha Rich may be new to the MFA faculty but she is no stranger to teaching, illustrating, exhibiting and inspiring others to create. Check out this great interview with Martha, where you can hear the love for being around and making art. http://kipiboo.blogspot.com/2013/01/liberating-rebel-interview-with-martha.html
Martha’s energy is contagious, and we are so happy to have her with us. Welcome!
Wednesday Jan. 30th
144 West 14th Street Rm 213
Daniel Pelavin joins other legendary designers and illustrators, Seymour Chwast, Tom White and Gerard Herta to speak about the worlds of design and illustration at a Graphic Artist Guild sponsored panel discussion.
Explore the evolving hybrid world of illustration visual design and technology.
Daniel will be a part of a panel discussion on design and illustration to discuss, teach and explore in sharp clear focus, the vast range of tools, ideas, the creative process and how illustrator/designer approach thier client projects. Also up for discussion-other tactics available to all illustrators, visual designers and other creative professionals.
Seymour Chwast regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, is founder of the world famous Push Pin Studios. It would be difficult to imagine contemporary American and European graphic design and illustration without the presence of Seymour Chwast. www.pushpininc.com
Daniel Pelavin: Daniel is in his fourth decade of transforming images into cogent and compelling messages for publishing, advertising and communication design. He shares his knowledge and experience with students and fellow professionals alike and continues to play a pioneering role in the evolution of digital art and the seamless merging of design and illustration. pelavin.com/
Tom White: Tom White of 9 Surf Studios is a classically trained illustrator / designer / typographer who is fully immersed in the modern media. He is one of the original pioneers of digitally-based image design started in the early 90s. For 25 years he has been working with clients in the areas of education, business, science & technology, healthcare, publishing, sports, entertainment, and games. www.9surf.com
Gerard Huerta: is a designer of letter forms and creator of custom artwork. Born and raised in southern California he graduated from Art Center College of Design and began his career at CBS Records in New York designing album covers and creating letter forms and logos for Boston, Ted Nugent, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Bob Dylan, Ramsey Lewis, The Isley Brothers, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, George Benson, Rupert Holmes, Stephen Stills, The Charlie Daniels Band and others. www.gerardhuerta.com
To Register Click Below: 212.791.3400 x11 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, the Society of Illustrators in New York, our dear friends and colleagues, are some smart peeps. Following the success of our own what’s hAPPening lecture, featuring faculty member Monika Maniecki, MFA ’11, and illustrator Laura Tallardy, Anelle Miller, director SI, and MFA faculty member, invited Monika and Laura to SI to repeat the event. Monika is a digital painting whiz, and will demonstrate the magic that she creates on her IPad. And it does not end there- Monika also was invited to lecture at the Apple Store! Stay tuned for info-
You do us proud, Monika!