Illustration News

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 by Allison Byers

Although she has long harbored artistic aspirations, it wasn't until Maine native Mati Rose McDonough ( www.matirose.com) moved to San Francisco in 2000 that she became determined to make art her livelihood. "I was working at a small art law firm as a legal assistant and wishing that instead of helping to draft contracts for the artists that I was on the other side."

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Posted on Monday, July 9, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Matt Silady loves teaching, storytelling, and drawing. And as CCA's unofficial "Professor of Comics," he gets to do all three every day. Silady's passion for his job is infectious. It is truly a calling, and it explains why every fall and spring semester course he's ever taught as part of both the college's undergraduate Writing and Literature Program and the MFA Program in Writing has been full to capacity.

"Any day that I can spread the word and show people what comics can do, it's a good day," admits Silady, whose plans are afoot to greatly expand CCA's graduate and undergrad comics curriculum to offer more opportunities to students interested in graphic storytelling.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Allison Byers

CCA students take it all in at the New York Times.

Each spring, a group of CCA Illustration students travels to New York to meet big names in the editorial and illustration world. In March 2012, 17 students led by faculty member Robert Hunt visited the Big Apple and met face-to-face with top firms and illustrators.

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Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

Even if you've never set foot in an art gallery or a museum, you may be familiar with Owen Smith's work.

Smith is a local artist and illustrator whose work has been featured on the cover of the New Yorker (several times), in publications from Sports Illustrated to the Los Angeles Times, and up and down Market Street, for starters. If you're from New York, you've likely seen his work in Brooklyn's 36th Street subway station.

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Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012 by Chris Koehler

Tony Huynh's winning illustration

Congratulations to recent graduate Tony Huynh and Illustration instructor Owen Smith for their inclusion in Communication Arts Illustration Annual 53!

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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Tag Toss and Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games
Storey Publishing, 2012
Paperback, 208 pages, $14.95

Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) illustrates this book by Paul Tukey and Victoria Rowell. Remember those long summer afternoons spent playing Kick the Can, Capture the Flag, and Wiffle Ball? Now, even if you can’t remember the difference between dodgeball and double ball, you can brush up on the rules of your favorite classics (plus learn a few new ones!) and begin some new family traditions with your own kids.

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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Mitchell Schwarzer

Mitchell Schwarzer gives his introduction at the CCA faculty retreat

On February 4, 2012, the faculty at California College of the Arts gathered at the college's San Francisco campus for a retreat focused on the state of the arts across our many disciplines. In the morning, 25 short presentations offered insights into challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners and thinkers in recent times. The word aired most frequently was crisis: the crisis of the Great Recession; the crisis of Global Climate Change; the crisis of understanding and working within a discipline in our digital age.

Watch the video of all the presentations (91 minutes), shot and edited by Yoni Klein (Photography 2012)

The economic downturn has produced an economic squeeze within most of our disciplines. Art directors, as Alexis Mahrus remarks, have diminished roles in shaping an illustration. Smaller profit margins reduce the flexibility and time given over to experimentation. Branding and celebrity worship take up a larger slice of the creative pie. Some presenters, like Sue Redding of Industrial Design, see no problem in this conflation of art and business and, furthermore, dispute the notion of a crisis. Yet many presenters feel that the economic crisis is not only real but wielding dangerously asymmetrical impacts. Demand remains strong for high-end craft goods and blue-chip fine art. Some small nonprofits are struggling to survive. To Ignacio Valero of Critical Studies, the priority given over to luxury items can be attributed to the ongoing influence of classical economic policies that privilege individual decision making over collective social and natural needs. Likewise, Sandra Vivanco of Diversity Studies notes that economic inequalities have greatly worsened over the past few years, especially in the developing world. Contemporary society is forging a timeless, spaceless way of conducting business, a race for lucrative and short-term gains that concentrates investment more than ever in the hands of a few.

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Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 by Alexis Mahrus

A big congratulations to the following eight Illustration students for placing in the 2012 NY Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition:

Afu Chan
Monica Garwood
Jeff Gomez
Christina Jung (repeat winner from 2011!)
Caitlin Ng
Maggie Olson
Sara Sydnor
Jenna Trost

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Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula (Images of America)
Arcadia Publishing, 2011
Paperback, 128 pages, $21.99

Beginning with early playhouses and storefront nickelodeons, continuing through the movie palace period, the golden age of the drive-in theater, and the modern-day multiplex, this volume of vintage photos and carefully researched text the various eras of movie theaters on the San Francisco peninsula, from Sunnyvale to the San Francisco city limit. Coauthor Jack Tillmany, a former operator of Oakland's Piedmont and Parkway theaters, contributed the majority of the photographs from his personal collection. Coauthor Gary Lee Parks (Illustration 1988) has been involved for more than 20 years in theater preservation and restoration as both a professional and a volunteer. He accessed numerous public and private collections to compile this volume.

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Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Last of the Mohicans
Folio Society, 2011
Hardcover, 408 pages, $67.95

James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans was hugely popular when first published in 1826 and has become a classic of American literature. The story, partly based on historical events, is a tale of captures and escapes, betrayal and revenge, played out against the spectacular lakes and forests of the Hudson River Valley. The American culture critic Sarah Churchwell provides a new introduction, and the detail and realism of the story is captured in a series of 10 atmospheric oil paintings by Robert Hunt (Illustration faculty).

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