Illustration News

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Artist and CCA alumnus Nigel Sussman. Photo by Clara Rice.

Artist and alumnus Nigel Sussman (BFA Illustration 2005) will create the artwork for the 15th annual Architecture + the City festival hosted by American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) and the Center for Architecture + Design. Sussman creates complex isometric murals and illustrations and can often be found painting pictures of giant cats or flying food.

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

CCA associate professor and chair of illustration Owen Smith.

CCA associate professor and chair of the Illustration program Owen Smith is the designer of 19 New Yorker covers, subway images for San Francisco MTA, award-winning murals and sculptures. Smith’s artistic inspiration is a blend of Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, film noir, femme fatales, pulp illustrations, and the high-drama of Renaissance art. A recent article in The Daily Beast boasts a number of his accomplishments—including "killing Christmas."

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Maggie Beasley

Featured designer, Alicia Cardell, Illustration Senior, talks about design, dogs, and life after graduation.

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 by Laura Braun

Brown, who also teaches a class on picture books at the California College of the Arts, wanted the book to look friendly, despite its quiet sadness.

“It is about death and loneliness and I wanted to mitigate that by having a warm and friendly feeling,” she said of her illustrations. “I wanted children to understand that this isn’t a sad story. It’s a wistful story.”

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 by Laura Braun

This is the question Mike Boyce, a senior at California College of the Arts double majoring in Graphic Design and Illustration, focuses on in his final project—a children’s book that tries to make visible what many people intentionally hope remains invisible: homelessness.

Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Laura Braun

Although Gravel & Gold owners Holly Samuelsen (Textiles 2008) and Tomra Palmer focus on modern silhouettes, their textile designs are influenced by 20th century Vienna collective Wiener Werkstätte and the British Omega Workshops, along with midcentury Finnish textile design. “We’re always looking back, particularly at the last century moving toward modernism,” Samuelsen says.

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Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Laura Braun

Wesley Woo, 28, and Zach Hing, 22—both of whom now play bass and guitar and sing in the group—first met in the spring of 2015. Woo, who majored in music at the University of California-Berkeley, was gearing up for South by Southwest with a different band; Hing was wrapping up his illustration major at California College of the Arts.

Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

Late last year, MM6 decided that it was time to collaborate with an outsider. They chose Aaron De La Cruz, a former graffiti artist. De La Cruz turned to painting and graphic design after studying illustration at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. His visual style revolves around taking letters apart and putting them back together again, creating an interconnected maze out of the alphabet. His deconstructive mode has great synergy with the Margiela brand.

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Chris Bliss

Nancy Howes at her company Know Yourself

CCA trustee and alumna Nancy Howes (Jewelry / Metal Arts, 2005, with High Distinction) is the founder and co-CEO of Know Yourself, a startup in Oakland that produces innovative educational materials promoting what she calls “self-literacy.”

The idea for the company came to her after her then three-and-half-year-old daughter Zhi ran into the kitchen, excited. “Mom! Mom! Can you feel it?” She put Howes’s hand on her sternum. “Mom, it goes all the time.”

Quick to figure out that her daughter was talking about her heartbeat, Howes then explained about the heart and how it pumps blood, but realized she was only scratching the surface.

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

Dill, originally from Florida, and a burgeoning graduate of the California College of the Arts, has been siphoning off his own personal experiences onto paper over the past few years as a means of trudging through uncertainty and, sometimes, recklessness. Many characters and objects in his upcoming show will make repeat appearances in one form or another, following works from “In My Own Time,” his prior show, which debuted at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco around the same time last year.