Look Who’s Talking

We’ve had a bunch of great guests come in to lecture this semester! First up, famed illustrator and character designer, Peter De Séve! Peter is the magic hand behind Scrat, and a lifetime of other masterful drawings, and characters, from New Yorker covers to a slew of animated movies, notably the Ice Age series from Blue Sky Studios. Having him in the intimate setting of our classroom was such a rare and special treat. Thanks to Professor Brian Ajhar, a top notch character designer in his own right, for bringing him
into the classroom. As you can see, Peter is a living character!

Fall Happenings

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 

And We’re Back!

Welcome back! Though classes were not in session, things have been pretty busy around here. There is so much to catch up on- but let’s start with some new news first-and it comes from students in each year of our three year program.

First up, one of our third year students. Jennifer Merz, MFA ’14 is the first runner up in NJ
SCBWI Books for Kids’ project. We are really proud of you, Jenn!

If you have been to Bryant Park these past two weeks, in and amongst the masses of people you might have seen Bruno Nadalin, MFA ’15 out and about with his sketchbook, paints, brushes, charcoal and other assorted drawing materials, doing what he does so masterfully, reportage. Bruno was selected from a huge pool of applicants to be an Artist in Residence. This is a huge honor and we are so proud of you, Bruno!

Maria Carluccio, MFA ’16, has arrived with a statement! As she has been working away in Digital Boot Camp, after only three nights on campus, we got word that Maria has been awarded a Bronze medal in 3 x 3 Magazine’s Picture Book Annual Number 10. Hundreds of illustrators enter this contest and this is a great honor. Way to come to school, Maria!





Busy Brian Ajhar Joins MFA Faculty-Check Out his New Work

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!


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.