Illustration News

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.

Posted on Monday, December 5, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Dugald StermerView slideshow 

Just making “art” was not of interest to me. I always wanted to use my craft to say something to people I could not speak to directly -- large groups of people who I would never meet, but who I could address about issues that I thought important.
-- Dugald Stermer

Illustration chair Dugald Stermer died on December 2, 2011, at age 74. He started teaching in the Illustration Program at CCA in 1989 and was appointed chair in 1994. In 2003 he was given the designation of Distinguished Professor.


Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Clay Walsh

Congratulations to this year's juried R.A.W. Video (real artists at work) contest winners! The contest, open to all current CCA students, challenged contestants to create a two-minute (maximum) high-resolution digital film (including audio) with “In and Out of the Studio" as the required theme.

The goal was to encourage students to pick up their digital camcorders and highlight their community at CCA—whether in the classroom, studio, residence hall—or away from the college altogether. And the goal was definitely met several times over!

2011 R.A.W. Video Contest Winners

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2011
Hardcover/eBook, 240 pages, $15.99

Ronald "Cheesie" Mack is not a genius or anything, but he remembers everything that happened before, during, and after fifth-grade graduation, and he's written it all down in his own unique and hilarious way, with lots of lists, drawings, and made-up words. Cheesie -- with a little help from Steve Cotler and black-and-white illustrations by Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) throughout -- writes about family, friendship, and tough choices with great humor. Steve Cotler is also the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

June and August
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009
Hardcover, 32 pages, $16.95

In June and August, a misunderstanding leads to the humorous but pivotal moment, bringing together two very unlikely friends. One night in the jungle, June is thrilled to see a shooting star while August loves looking at the moon. Although they can't see each other in the dark, the two promise to meet again the next day. But when morning dawns, they face a dilemma. How are they going to recognize each other? This imaginative story, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty), explores the concept that the greatest friendships can come to be if you are willing to overlook differences. Vivian Walsh is the co-creator of several best-selling books for children.
book video trailer:

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme
Sterling, 2009
Hardcover, 50 pages, $17.95

Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) designed this book to look like a treasured scrapbook, every page features an eye-catching mix of drawings, photos, and handwritten text. It is a collection of letters, notes, and interviews: the fruits of a monsterologist's research. In engaging rhyme, the monster master tells all about Count Dracula ("When you visit Transylvania, be sure to stay with me"); issues a werewolf warning; and dishes on trolls, ghosts, witches, ogres, and myriad mythological and literary creatures. Winner of the Society of Illustrators gold medal and AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers!

Check out the book's website and video trailer

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Kristin Olson, "The Bellowing"

Hi all! Here on the CCA admissions blog, summertime is our special opportunity to introduce you to a few recent CCA graduates and to share stories of awesome summer internships.

Let's start with the graduates: Kevin Krueger and Kristin Olson, who each graduated in 2011 from the Individualized Major Program, moved to San Francisco to attend CCA after meeting (and getting married!) in Santa Cruz.