Illustration News

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Laura Kenney

Ming & Khen Soh pose with Ming's 32-pound king salmon

The following exchange between Wai Khen Soh and Wai Ming Soh -- twin brothers and each an Illustration major -- appears in the spring 2015 edition of Glance, the college magazine, as part of the How We Got Here series.


Ming: I started thinking about my next course of action in life while I was serving my mandatory service in the Singapore Armed Forces. I had taken a diploma in digital media design in a polytechnic (which is like American community college) prior to my enlistment.

I asked myself: Shall I embark on work, or further my studies? Whatever path I pursued, I wanted to do the same thing as my twin brother, Khen, as it would be cool to see a pair of twins in the same profession.

Khen: It’s nice seeing brothers face tribulations side by side, especially when they have the same faces! Like most twins, we are always tearing at each other’s throats, only to give the other a friendly pat on the back when the going gets tough.

Also like most twins, we have similar interests. Drawing and creating stories are passions going way back to our childhood. It helped that our parents were encouraging.

I went to a polytechnic, too, and took a diploma in graphic design, and while the education was invaluable, I felt more interested in drawing and painting narratives. So we decided to take an undergraduate program in illustration together.

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by Laura Braun

It’s been 10 years since the stroke that changed his life, and he is no longer in a wheelchair, but walking (albeit with a limp). Art has always been his way of expression and it’s carried him through. He graduated with his BFA in Illustration from the California College of the Arts this year, a couple of months before Mike Brown was shot and killed in the streets of Ferguson.

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

After she graduated, she headed to the California College of the Arts to study illustration and ceramics. In 1990, she returned to Hong Kong to teach at the Museum of Art and the Art School. "I was one of the few people bringing back the American perspective to Hong Kong, [things such as] ceramics with a sculptural edge," she reminisces. "I was trained in the West Coast Bay, where everything was possible."

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Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Emily’s Blue Period
Roaring Brook Press, 2014
Hardcover, 56 pages, $17.99

Illustration faculty member Lisa Brown illustrated this book about a young girl who loves Picasso and uses her own art to come to terms with her parents’ divorce. School Library Journal says: “The pencil and watercolor illustrations are appropriately muted, sticking to a soft blue, green, and brown color scheme with highlights of yellow and red. The subtle addition of some digital imagery creates lively, relatable illustrations.”

Posted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy
McSweeney’s McMullens, 2014
Hardcover, 32 pages, $14.95

Illustration faculty member Lisa Brown illustrated and designed this picture book that collects 29 “myths” about a small-town pharmacy, delivered by a young pair of siblings who are obsessed with this mysterious establishment. Booklist says: “Brown paints the pharmacy a drab gray that permeates the rest of the story like a dense fog, and her children, dressed in yellow, orange, and red, stand out against the inky obscurity like the incisive investigators they are.”

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Laura Braun

Lis Kula aka Alek Morawski is a Bay Area native creating fantastically whimsical illustrations. SInce graduating California College of the Arts he now lives in Poland, focusing mostly on illustration and mural paintings he is inspired by Eastern European cartoons he used to watch as a kid. Painting imaginary worlds and translating dreams to painted pictures he entertains with eccentrically quirky figures throughout his portfolio.

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun

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 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.