Instructor Spotlight: Richard Elmer


Richard Elmer has worked as a professional illustrator for over 35 years. He began teaching at FIT in 2002. He teaches in both the lower and upper divisions and also serves as Admissions Chairperson for the Illustration Department. He studied illustration and graduated from School of Visual Arts in NYC. He spent his early years freelancing in publishing and marketing while honing his illustration skills. His strong conceptual style garnered work in major corporate, publishing and advertising markets.


Prof. Elmer teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HIL 160 Illustration Rendering Techniques

Work by Prof. Elmer

Teaching Philosophy:
We build our skills one painting at a time, so every effort plays a role in improving the next work. We must respect our efforts even if the outcome is not what we intended. Creating art can be broken down into a process, but it is not a science. Science follows formulas, which produce the same outcome every time. Artists employ patience and persistence to develop skills to rely on. Refine your craft to bringing your vision to life.

On Precollege Programs:
As Chair of Admissions for the Illustration Department, I have seen the benefits of the Precollege Programs first hand. I review a lot of work from all over NY State, neighboring states, even other countries. I can say without a doubt that these programs offer a significant leg-up on the standard portfolios I see. Artwork often conveys a broader sense of awareness and sensibility in subject matter, media, even the presentation of the work.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Robert Wood Johnson Annual Report Paintings, Strathmore Paper, Concept Artist, PSP Sports/Nike, Nestlee and Becks. Time Life / Books for Young Readers. Head Creative/VortechX Technologies. RX Illustration Award of Excellence.

Works by Prof. Elmer:












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2 responses to “Instructor Spotlight: Richard Elmer”

  1. iptv Avatar

    Experience and exelence illustration works. I like and best rendering techniques for illustration. I hope start NY after more states. Best wishes

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