Has drawing the still life become a bit boring? How about an experience that will reenergize you and your passion for drawing?
Illustrators can wear many hats but the common thread that links us together is our desire to tell stories in the work we create.
Whether an assignment is for advertising, children’s book illustration, storyboards for film or television, editorial illustration or character development for animation, illustrators create the visual narrative and the viewer’s experience. Because all of these avenues for storytelling solve a visual problem driven by someone else, illustration is considered an applied art. More often than not, we create work to satisfy a client’s need and apply the artwork to a specific purpose.
Classroom assignments during this program will mimic real-life job situations and cover a variety of topics. You will explore the illustration creative process including brain storming, concept sketching, final comprehensive stage, and finishing the artwork.
Additionally, you will explore dynamic composition, storyboarding, fundamental rendering techniques, and basic pre-press print production. During the first week
you will sample many different avenues of illustration and develop core skills and design principles that will be applied to finished artwork during the second week of the program. Presentations and critiques throughout this program will help you verbally present ideas and gain the presentation experience necessary to selling the concept.
This course is designed to help you find your creative voice, execute advanced level artwork, and discover the diverse field of illustration.
Lincoln Adams is a Gund Award winner and graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art who has worked for 15 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist, and designer. His projects have included magazines, television shows, character design, book covers, and greeting cards. Lincoln was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles. Recently he finished work on the popular animated shows, Veggie Tales and Doc McStuffins. He is also currently working with Disney sculptor and CIA alumnus Zack Petroc on a sculpted novel, and has completed his fourth picture book. Additionally, he teaches at CIA as an adjunct professor in the Illustration and Animation Departments.
Suzanne McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received a master of arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009. Suzanne is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. Suzanne currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Illustration Department at CIA.
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