Wow, so much has happened since my last blog post! I have attended my second summer of Illustration Academy. This year was a shorter (only 4 weeks) version of the program in 2009 but just as intense and eye opening. I met so many amazing artist and am so excited to have them as friends and creative resources for years to come. The work I got out of Academy this year was great to add to my portfolio and a wonderful learning tool, but I maintain that the most important tool one gets from a program such as this is the vast network of supportive peers who are struggling with the same trials and nuances of the business that is freelance illustration.
So now to show my work from Academy. Last year's program was seven weeks and we came out with 6 pieces. This year's program was 4 weeks and we came out with 4 pieces. One assignment a week, given by a professional illustrator as if for a professional job.
First week's Assignment: "A Slice of Richmond, VA"
This one I did in Cut paper tinted with pastel. We were supposed to keep to flat shapes of value, so no gradients and no rendering. The carnation on the feet were a last minute addition thanks to John English's pop of color suggestion. I think it makes the piece.
Next Assignment: "Celebrity Portrait," given by illustrator Anita Kunz
I did a portrait of Ira Glass, talented host of the radio show "This American Life." I didn't think it was so necessary to worry about his exact likeness as he is a radio host and his face is not necessarily recognizable to most of his fans. Instead I focused on giving the viewer hints as to who they might be looking at. I used gouache and acrylic on illustration board for this one.
Assignment #3: Young adult novel cover, assignment given by illustrator Jon Foster.
Final Week's Assignment: "A Conversation," assignment given by illustrator C.F. Payne
I chose the conversation of story time. The young girl has fallen asleep and the father continues reading, consumed by the story. I did this in acrylic and colored pencil on illustration board.
Well that's all folks! If you are debating whether or not to attend Illustration Academy next summer you should probably just bite the bullet and go. It will motivate you, it will push you to your full potential and it will put you in touch with other people trying to do the same!