Owen Smith’s comic style needs very little introduction. His portrait of Jay Z as Jackie Robinson has been a Rolling Stone cover. He’s done cover art for the New Yorker, the LA Times and Sports Illustrated. Currently the Chair of the Illustration Program at the California College of the Arts, his style is comic realism. The main classic comic element at play here is exaggeration. Facial features are almost over-the-top, but still realistic enough to avoid being mistaken for caricature.
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by Jim Norrena
With revenue in excess of $24 billion and having more than 44,000 employees worldwide, Nike Inc. is one of the world's largest suppliers of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.
For those California College of the Arts alumni who went to work at Nike, they describe their careers as innovative, creative, and truly rewarding.
CCA Prepares Alumni to "Just Do It"
CCA's alumni at Nike attribute their successful careers to their CCA education.
According to Industrial Design chair Sandrine Lebas: "The college offers courses that delve into soft goods and wearables, technology and user interface, crafts and making, and even bike-frame design and building; all with an emphasis on user-centric research, sustainability, market context, and entrepreneurship."
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun
I grew up east of los angeles. I always liked to draw but never pursued any training until high school. after that I bounced around for a while and then moved to san francisco where I soon attended the california college of the arts, where I followed my love of drawing and enrolled on the illustration program. for better or for worse it never occurred to me to take any graphic design classes. I loved to draw and wanted to spend my college experience drawing and not clicking. by the good graces of legendary art director bob ciano I landed a ‘temporary’ gig at wired magazine.
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
On a crystal-clear June evening in summer 2013, the sun is setting in Marfa, Texas, and a dozen CCA students -- together with a dozen more students from two art schools in the Netherlands -- are settling into the evening rhythms of their tent city.
The tents are cozily nestled in the courtyard of a former officer’s club, long abandoned by the US military. Elsewhere in the building complex, an old bar has been converted into an ad hoc Internet lounge. A spookily empty ballroom houses a broken-down old piano. The kitchen has accommodated the making of many a communal dinner.
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Smarty Marty's Got Game
Cameron + Company, 2013
Hardcover, 40 pages, $10.77
Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) illustrated this book written by Amy G, an Emmy-Award winning reporter and Bay Area native who is entering her 20th year in the broadcasting industry and embarking upon her sixth season as a San Francisco Giants in-game reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The book, which is aimed at both boys and girls, tells the story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey. Marty has always loved baseball and is known as "Smarty Marty" to her friends at school because she knows more about baseball than most grown-up baseball fans. Her younger brother, Mikey, just doesn't get it until he attends a real game and learns from Marty the ins and outs of baseball -- the lingo, the strategies, and more, often using real-life examples so Mikey can better understand.
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Ann & Nan Are Anagrams
Chronicle Books, 2013
Hardcover, 36 pages, $16.99
Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) illustrated this sequel to Mom and Dad are Palindromes. The story, by Mark Shulman, is about Robert (or Bert), who thought he had his hands full when his mom and dad were palindromes. But now, his Grandma Reagan is in anagram danger! In fact, his sisters, Ann and Nan, and almost every other thing in his world, have become anagrams. Can Robert (or Bert) figure out the answer to his word dilemma—or is he fated to live a scrambled life?
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford
Before helping to bring to life the metal band Dethklok in Metalocalypse or dreaming up the whimsical postapocalyptic Land of Ooo for Adventure Time (both Cartoon Network shows), animator Ako Castuera (Illustration 2000) was, perhaps surprisingly, a ceramics student.
Before coming to CCA, drawing really hadn't been her thing. She attended an arts high school and loved it, but thought drawing class was just too much like boot camp.
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Chris Bliss
New Tenure-Track Faculty
Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century.
Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.
The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, often with mobile stages that he brings to public events.
Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Minnie Phan
Minnie Phan with work presented at her Junior Review
Prior to hearing about CCA, college was not an option in my mind. Aside from financial issues and living in an immigrant household with little experience with higher education, my teenage years were rocky.
I never thought more than two steps ahead when it came to my future. I struggled throughout my schooling and was consumed with (infamous and debilitating) angst. I spent many nights alone.
The turning point of my life occurred when I began to use my hobby of art as an outlet -- as therapy, even. Having my sketchbooks and journals bear witness to my manic thoughts and wild ideas became something of a ritual. It became a channel for every stupid decision I had made, every jerk who harassed me, every class I failed.
Art and writing became profound parts of my persona, and, thankfully, I found a community and companionship in fellow artists.
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 by Rachel Walther
Grady Gordon in his studio (photo by Rachel Walther)
Grady Gordon (Illustration 2008) says that he does one thing, and does it well. Since his last year of study at CCA, he's been working almost exclusively in monotypes. This is a (somewhat unpredictable!) printmaking process in which ink is applied directly to a smooth Plexiglas surface, then paper is pressed to the Plexiglas, resulting in one-of-a-kind prints.
Gordon's portraits of demons, goblins, and warriors have a visceral and urgent quality to them. You half-expect his creations to leap off the paper and into the night.