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!

Barfly Wings His Way into NYT! Stephen Gardner, MFA ’11 featured in Magazine Section

What began as an assignment to draw on location has turned into a life’s work for MFA alum Stephen Gardner. Though hanging about bars was seemingly nothing new for Stephen when he first arrived to FIT, the idea of drawing bars was born out of one of his first assignments in grad school- and he has not stopped drawing since! Stephen has turned his drawings into paintings, his paintings into calendars, and now, this whole body of work recognized in the New York Times Magazine section.  Stephen’s work can be found here. Go, Stephen, Go!

Keeping Good Company: Julie Muszynski, MFA’14, gets a nod next to Eloise

Henley, the Japanese Chin who is adopted by Lulu Ziminski, “fashion maven extraordinaire” is the creation of our own style maven and MFA candidate, Julie Muszynski. Henley- and Julie- get a special mention on Petite Sophisticate. Henley enjoys the life of luxury in New York, and on Safari in his second adventure- but look out, Henley is going Hollywood soon after Julie and her class visit LA this June! Weare star-struck, Julie!

 

Where Whimsical Worlds Collide: Faculty Aya Kakeda one of Three Woman Show

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!

FIT Faculty in NYT!

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.