Illustration News

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!

See also Owen Smith's website.

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.

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.

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

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.

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).

Posted on Monday, February 6, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

This Is the Game
HarperCollins, 2011
Hardcover, 32 pages, $16.99

In this picture-book celebration of baseball, aspects of the game are described in verse and illustrated with bold double-page spreads by Illustration faculty member Owen Smith). His illustrations, set in the 1920s and 1930s, feature images of American streets and stadiums of the time and capture the excitement of the sport. Many scenes show heroic figures in the foreground, posed against a misty backdrop of a crowded ballpark. Other pictures show people gathered around a radio, listening to a game, as well as kids playing stickball on crowded urban streets.

Posted on Sunday, February 5, 2012 by Alexis Mahrus

This month Illustration professor Barron Storey shares a new body of work in his solo exhibition, Soliloquy, at LeBasse Projects Gallery in Culver City, California. The collection illustrates Storey’s internal conversation, a layering and weaving together of thoughts, reflections, contemplation, and experiences. They are a magnification of his on-going personal journals, of which he reports to have filled 140 to date. The exhibition opens February 11 and runs through March 12, 2012.

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012 by Alexis Mahrus

Early last year, Illustration faculty Robert Hunt was commissioned to do a motion logo for a new division at the publishing company Random House. The new division, Random House Worlds, focuses on multimedia. Hunt is famous for his luminous oil painting illustrations, but working with video and music in conjunction with his painting was a new venture for him.