Tag: Kam Mak

  • Daisy Ruiz’s illustrated South Bronx tale

    Daisy Ruiz’s illustrated South Bronx tale

    Daisy Ruiz, Illustration ’16, has released her first book, “Gordita: Built Like This.” In this illustrated long-form comic, a Chicana Bronx teen is bullied for not being curvy, but is helped by friends and mentors. The plot mirrors the author’s own middle school experiences and offers lots of good advice to victims and to folks…

  • Corky Lee the Unofficial Historian of NYC’s Chinatown and beyond

    Corky Lee, a chronicler of Asian culture in Chinatown and nationwide, has succumbed to COVID-19.  Lee put Asians back in the historical picture of American life. He was a great friend to FIT faculty and students, introducing them to chronicling Manhattan’s Chinatown. “Corky Lee was the unofficial historian of Chinatown and Asian life throughout New…

  • Kam Mak’s Studio Class: Virtually Live

    Illustration Professor Kam Mak revels in teaching studio painting classes with live models. It’s been part of his class syllabus for 20 years. Pre-pandemic he led a popular study abroad program in Florence where students paint in the medium of Renaissance masters. Naturally, remote teaching poses challenges. But Prof. Mak has technology on his side.…

  • The semester’s first assignments

    How do you teach remotely a curriculum grounded in creativity? Creatively. The high level of teaching and student engagement within the School of Art and Design shows how quality instruction can take place under unusual circumstances. First assignments are often what set the pace. This semester, there’s no such thing as being too far away…

  • Angela Rizza: Old-school storybook, folk, geometric, carefree, ink and calm

    Angela Rizza: Old-school storybook, folk, geometric, carefree, ink and calm

    Angela Rizza, Illustration ’11, has long been obsessed by detail. “I started with ballpoint pen drawings in high school. I’d render each illustration with pens using them like graphite.” During her early studies at FIT, “I’d zoom in at 200 percent on the computer and go to town on some animal scales.” Rizza’s early work…