UConn Illustration In Print!

Dylan Fedora hard at work on his "seed" image
©UConn Today

Hey Kids, we've gotten some good press for our current project, "Peace Corps Anniversary Posters!" You'all look good in this photo essay by Sean Flynn and Sheila Foran in UConn Today. Well done, Colonel!

Check out the rest of the essay here: UConn Today
Sherry Wong makes revisions.
©UConn Today


Bruce Mau, Creative Director, Has Some Kick-A** Advice For YOU

Bruce Mau, enthusiastic and smart creative director.
His Advice for YOU!
 Take a few minutes to read this. You won't be sorry. Re-read it again in six months. Especially if you graduate. ;-)


Featured Alum, Shawn McCauley- New Publication

Our Hero! Shawn McCauley!

Alum Shawn McCauley releases his gazillionth comic book today through Silver Dragon Books. It's the Discovery Channel's graphic novel "Top Ten Deadliest Sharks." You can buy this wonder through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc., or through the Silver Dragon Books site.

Totally Frightening Shark Book! ©Silver Dragon Books,
©Discovery Channel
Catch Shawn's other offerings in the regular series "Shadows of Oblivion" amongst other works. We'll look forward to another update from him soon!


PrintShop Open House, 12/1

Imprimerie Karcher, circa 1910 fr. Poster Classics.com


Wednesday, December 1 from 6-8 pm
Everyone is welcome!!!
Please tell your students to come see lots of prints and have some refreshments!

I mean, look at these guys. If they don't look like fun all the way, I don't know what does!

Raab Associates Prize Winner, Phil Morgan!

Philip Morgan with guest Liz and tasty beverages.
Philip Morgan with Adjunct Instructor, Patti Argoff.

Well, a great time was had by all! Philip Morgan, Senior Illustration student, was awarded First Place in the 12th Annual Raab Associates Prize competition, and as a result, got to attend a fancy-schmancy dinner with a lot of other authors and illustrators. The event coordinates with the Connecticut Children's Book Fair right here on the UConn campus. It was swell! Get the story on the Raab Prize and check out Phil's entry here in the near future: Raab Prize site.

Or take a look at some of the press on his portrait of Geno Auriemma and Kay Yow here: Hartford Courant

And a BIG shout-out to Susan Raab, UConn alum, sponsor of the competition that bears her name, and all-around fab gal! Also, thanks goes to Jane Yolen, internationally known writer, who donated her poem for our use, as well as Terri Goldich, Curator, who is the glue who holds the Dodd Research Center, and this competition, together!


UConn Illustration Takes Over Society of Illustrators

That's right- we invaded the Society of Illustrators (as the Living Dead) in NYC on November 6th. Well, we participated in EPIC, the new art collective for students that has formed there. UConn represented well and even stepped up to take on some leadership positions. Well done students, and welcome to your future network!

Pretty worn out on the way home. Except for Mitch, who enjoyed sitting with his new "Travel Parents."

Rishi Bhoodram, Supastaaah!

Our very own Rishi Bhoodram demos his figure painting technique in front of a live crowd in East Hartford. It's a brave move, especially when you announce that you are going to paint everyone in the audience! Well done, Rishi!


Visiting Illustrators Betsy + Ted Lewin! Awesomeness Continues!

Whether they’re working individually or collaboratively, Ted and Betsy Lewin’s work is recognized the world over, and with good reason. With a pair of Caldecott Honors between them, and multiple awards from the Society of Illustrators, this legendary husband and wife team of visual communicators represents the very best in contemporary illustration for children.
Be with us on Friday, November 12th, to share in their work and tales of their many adventures in the wild world of illustration... and beyond!

Friday, November 12th
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Babbidge Library
Class of 1947 Room

Visit their websites and sample some greatness!: Betsy Lewin, Ted Lewin

Images ©Ted Lewin (top) and Betsy Lewin (bottom)


Local Boy Makes Good!

Fall Art League features Rishi Bhoodram!

Our very own Rishi Bhoodram will give a presentation of his work on Sunday, November 7th, from 2-4 pm in the Fine Arts Commission room located on the lower level of the East Hartford Cultural Center.. What a great accompishment! Come out to support him! Details are at the East Hartford Art League website: East Hartford Art League


The Legend Visits This Thursday!

Click here for a nice visual survey of Murray Tinkelman's work. He's going to bring some originals, people... don't miss this!

Babbidge Library, Class of 1947 Room
Thursday the 4th, 12:30 pm


iLLuSTrAtiON cLuB!! iLLuSTrAtiON cLuB!! iLLuSTrAtiON cLuB!!

TUESDAY OCTOBER 26th, 7pm, room 108

All concentrations are welcome!  Come help to build a permanent, active arts community within the department, and stop complaining!  With opportunities like...


All of these activities, and much, much more, await  at the ILLUSTRATION CLUB!  Be there and get a(n artistic) life!


Murray Tinkelman! Don't Miss Him or You'll Regret It!

©Murray Tinkelman, Tinkelman studio

Murray Tinkelman! He's coming to see us on November 4th! The time is 12:30 pm. The place is the "Class of 1947 Room" in the library. This work is all pen and ink. That's right, PEN and INK. His reputation as both an illustrator and educator is legendary. And you'll see why!

Read about a current show here: Murray Tinkelman Rocks it at the Society!

Or check out his studio web page here: Murray Tinkelman's Studio

Well, just Google his name and you'll see what I'm talkin' about. There's plenty more to get excited about. We're lucky he'll join us. Be there!


Sanjay Patel/Pixar/Great Interview w/ Process Shots!

Wow, this guy's good! And he's a great study for those of you working with the current Raab Associates Prize competition artwork (i.e. images for a children's magazine that need to be fresh and hip). When I said, "Look at Charley Harper's work" that wasn't wrong (amazing!)! You'll see that Charley Harper serves as one of Sanjay Patel's major influences.

Treat yourself and look at the work of both of these fellows (complimentary links included, as always).

Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel

(You can buy this book. And you probably should)
Images ©2010 Sanjay Patel



Informational meeting: Friday, October 15th, 6:30 pm

Room #108 (Art Building). Come to share ideas and excitement.

Thank you Adam del Re and Jake Anderson for the poster!

Come to this meeting! Don't be as sad as this little worm! Not only can s/he not drink, s/he can't DRAW!
Artwork ®2010 Adam del Re


International Children's Digital Library

The BEST resource for looking at children's picture books on the web. Period. Great search features and you can view entire books. Many of them are international. So, get out of your bad mock Japanese anime rut and take in some new ideas!

International Children's Digital Library

Click on that link (above) and then click on "Read Books" in the upper left. Search!

Image ® Marcus Nada


Wanna Make An Animation?

Ok, so, I know that NONE of YOU (my students) actually fit this profile, but this is a funny animation from a SUPER-COOL app online that allows you to make animations from text you type in.

This might be just the thing you need to distract you from your work as mid-terms approach. Possibly a good stress buster. I can see all of the animations about ill-prepared profs now...  ;-)

Go to Xtranormal.com and let the fun begin!


Letters, We Get Letters!




Watch this... and be amazed. Luca Barcellona will change how you feel about hand lettering.

Legacy of Letters from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo.
Fraktur writing for the Legacy of Letters italian tour, organize by Paul Shaw, NYC.


Hey, Bug Lovers!

There are always some folks interested in natural science illustration. Did you know that Connecticut has its own professional society devoted to this very pursuit?! I KNOW! How LUCKY are we?! You can find them here:  Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators

And they have drawing classes on Saturdays in Orange, CT. This is from one of our alums, Kathy Klucsik (Bateman), who is generously thinking of you!

Images from CTNSI website and ©the individual artists.


Best Videos You'll EVAH SEE!!

You know what I'm talkin' about!  Jason Holley's brilliant series on the trials and tribulations of being a professional illustrator is on Vimeo! Click here and watch all nine (9) episodes:

"Yes! I want to be a professional illustrator and Jason Holley can show me how!"

You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll want to "un-see" some of it, but you can't!

Image ©Jason Holley, so go there and see his videos, already.

Guest Artist, Chris Lyles! 10/5!

Our first guest of the semester, the fabulous Mr. Christopher Lyles! See his work here, at Christopher Lyles.com, and then meet him in person on Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30 pm in the Pit! He's smart, fun, and does great work. He'll tell you how he makes his images and works with his rep. Surely there will also be requisite war stories of working with publishers, editors and art directors. Don't miss it!

These images ©Christopher Lyles

Tutorials, or, FREE LESSONS!

Hey Y'all, don't forget that the internet is one of the best resources you have for finding some really good tutorials. There are some great step-by-step resources like Dan Santos' website, and others that cover a lot of ground, like James Gurney's "Gurney Journey."

If you want live action, go to YouTube and enter whatever it is you are looking for plus "demo." You'll turn up some great stuff, even at 2 am! So, go exploring. You, and your work, will be better for it!


Metanoia Poster Show!

Congratulations, ART 3210! The "Metanoia" show is finally ready! These posters, created in Fall 2009 in support of UConn's week of Metanoia, will be exhibited in the Student Union Gallery from October 11th- 22nd. Come to the Opening, Thursday, October 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm and support your peers in their fabulous illustration efforts!

These images ©Vic Preato, Amanda Brayman, Lizzie Dargie, and Ryann McCabe


The Swatch Young Illustrators Awards

The nominees of the Swatch Young Illustrators Award will get the opportunity to exhibit their work at Illustrative in Berlin. The winners await prizes worth 6.000 Euros as well as publications and illustration agency contracts and will also be featured in future international shows. One winner will be invited to design a Swatch Watch – a great opportunity to join the ranks of artists such as Kiki Picasso, Pedro Almodóvar, Robert Altman and Keith Haring.
The nominees will be awarded by an international jury consisting of leading art directors, experts and editors of graphic and design magazines. Click the link to read more, and to get submission info.
Application period: June 1st - September 30th 2010


IBM Student/Intern Somers, CT

Do you think outside the box creatively? Are you ready to help us take best-in-class marketing communications to even higher levels? We are looking for a creative thinker, designer and graphic artist wrapped into one outstanding individual to serve as an intern for our world-class WebSphere Marketing organization.

You should be proficient (intermediate or better) with most of the following or equivalent: Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Dreamweaver (or other HTML editor), Lotus Notes (rich graphics), PowerPoint (advanced), SnagIt, graphic design/ layout, print layout, HTML, web design/ development, project management, and user interface design.

Click on the title above to read the whole description.


Milford CT Web Design Internship

Warnaco, Inc. is a leading apparel company in Milford CT, manufacturing famous name brands such as Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear, Speedo Swimwear, Warner's and Olga Intimate apparel. We take pride in designing, sourcing, marketing and selling our products worldwide. We sell to wholesalers and retail customers through department stores, specialty stores and mass merchandise stores. Our success is the result of our dedicated staff and we share in a reputation of excellence in the apparel industry.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Web Design internship. In this internship, the candidate will learn various aspects of the Web Design function through on-the-job experience. These areas include, but are not limited to creating web ready images using Adobe Photoshop, setting up email campaigns online and working with Adobe Dreamweaver.

Responsibilities will include:

• Cropping, resizing and creating web ready images using Adobe Photoshop.
• Working with Adobe Dreamweaver to set up web pages for email campaigns.
• Following a systematic process for setting up email campaigns online.

The ideal candidate will have experience in a Web Design internship or related previous internship experience, strong communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines, basic HTML skills, and an understanding of image maps, as well as excellent organizational skills. The ideal candidate will be a responsible, reliable person with a willingness to learn.

Candidates must be enrolled in a college or university with a sophomore status or above and be able to intern at least 3 days per week. Internships are for credit only.

To apply click on the title of this posting.


NMAI 2010 summer season

The National Museum of American Illustration (NMAI) in Newport Rhode Island is currently accepting applications for internships for their 2010 summer season. Duties may include visitor services, gift shop management, organization of research materials, graphic design and administrative projects.

Projects are matched to interns skill sets. Opportunities are available for high school, college, recent graduates and graduate level students.

For more information please telephone 401-851-8949 ext.18 or send letter of interest and resume to:
Intern Coordinator, NMAI,
492 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840


ART 2210: Link to Layouts

Click on the title to access the Illustration wiki page with links to the layout documents you need for your current assignment!

You MAY have to request access to the workspace in order to download the documents. If so, you do that right from the wiki too.



Curious George Escaped the Nazi Invasion

From the NY Times, By Edward Rothstein Published: March 25, 2010

The mischievous traveling monkey that became a childhood favorite, Curious George, might never have become an American curiosity had it not been for the Nazi invasion of France.

His creators escaped oppression, and he eventually became an icon.

Now The Jewish Museum, in New York is honoring thier achievement in a new exhibit that shares the story of the husband-and-wife creators of the “good little monkey,” H.A. and Margret Reys were German Jews living in Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion. During their five-month escape in 1940, they fled on bicycles with their drawings, including one of a mischievous monkey then called Fifi.

"If the Reys had not escaped from France by bicycle to Spain to Portugal, we would have never known Curious George," said the museum's director of education. The Reys created the monkey character that is always on the run because it represented themselves always on the run.

Fifi’s name was later changed to George once the couple arrived in the U.S. because publisher Houghton Mifflin had doubts about the name Fifi for a boy monkey. The Reys have sold tens of millions of copies around the world. The exhibit, titled "The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey's Journey from France," is based on a 2005 children's book by Louise Borden about the Reys. The display will show Allan Drummond's original illustrations of Borden's book explaining the couple's story.

“Curious George Saves the Day” (through August 1, 2010 at The Jewish Museum in New York, then at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum from November 14-March 13, 2011) chronicles the Reys’ daring escape — and how their fictional stowaway lent a hand.

Read the NY Times Article here:



Greg Nemec: Illustrator Extraordinaire!

Come see Greg Nemec present his work and work process in the Art Building's room #109, 7 pm! You'll get an up close and personal look at this talented man's portfolio, as well as the opportunity for Q&A. Check out his work online, and don't miss this presentation!


Free Graffiti Space!! (No Kidding)

From your friends at LAVA:

The leaders of UConn Facilities and The Front Desk at UConn have donated their time and effort in helping us renovate and recycle the abandoned handball court between the North and Northwest residence halls. It is now the UConn Open Art Space, a legalized graffiti and painting zone with official signage, ladders, lexan painting panels, and two huge concrete walls for painting (possible night lighting to come).  LAVA is so happy and proud to have facilitated this change and contributed to campus culture in this manner. We celebrated the opening of this space with musical guests Sleepwell, Neighbors, Tyler Bussey, and Benedict Gagliardi, and free spraypaint for all.

(text and images courtesy Caitlin Yates and Kaitlin Archambault- thanks!)


The Secret of Kells

Looking to connect your Art History studies to your love for visual storytelling and animation? Look no further! Up for an Oscar in best animated film, this Irish entry is visually intriguing and ought to tie in with those 3 credits of Medieval Art that you've been studied. Looks good to me!

An excerpt from NPR:

In 'Kells,' The Secret Pleasures Of A Low-Tech Art

"...The visual style the filmmakers have chosen is striking and quite beautiful at times, but deliberately flat, like pictures in a medieval manuscript. There's no 3-D trickery, no moving backgrounds. Trees are stylized, people geometric (one monk is triangular, another is essentially a curve with a bald patch), and the movement is as primitive as in Saturday morning cartoons. When you think that at the Oscars, The Secret of Kells is going up againstUp, its chances seem slim — and probably are.
But there's something kind of captivating about a film that's been painstakingly drawn to glorify the craft of illustration, and that's comfortable using retro techniques."

This still is from "The Secret of Kells" and is © GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon


Summer 2010 Internships

The following sites are advertising for art interns. Some lean more towards graphic design, but say illustration skills are a plus, some are more illustrative. Some of these are paid internships, others are not. Take note of the deadlines for application, some are sooner than others.








http://www.retailgigs.com/job.asp?id=22670394&aff=5B69D171-E6DF-4407-9864-3092BB91A6F2 http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Internship/143310-258


http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_internship.asp http://www.rsinternships.com/applications/posting.php3?ID=29 http://www.rsinternships.com/


http://www.internweb.com/ http://www.turner.com/careers/internships_domestic.html





The Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum

The Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum in Cheshire CT houses thousands of items from comic strips, cartoons, TV and advertising memorabilia that have been collected by Herb and Gloria Barker. The collection is uniquely American and tells us where our heads were at, and where our hearts are still, from the late 19th Century to now.

This is a museum which must be seen to be believed, and it is fascinating for the whole family. There are few museum exhibits of popular history that will engross your children as much as they do you. GI Joe, Shirley Temple, Raggedy Ann, Snoopy, board games and cereal box prizes. They’re all here.

The Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum is an astoundingly detailed walk through memory lane. Your memory. Your parents’ memories. Even your grandparents. If they played as children, they played with the stuff in this fantastic museum.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
Admission: $5 for adults


Another tribute paid to Justice Sotomayor -- her own comic book!

Sonia Sotomayor made history in the summer of 2009: That’s when she took her seat as the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. This April Bluewater Productions will feature her journey, profiling Sotomayor in the latest edition of its Female Force biographical comics.
Sotomayor’s rise to the highest court in the land is a truly inspirational tale. Because of this, it is a perfect fit for Bluewater Productions’ Female Force series of biographical comics.
In April, Bluewater will ship Female Force: Sonia Sotomayor, a 32-page comic, to retailers across the country. This will give readers a chance to join writer Robert Schnakenberg and artist Cesar Feliciano as they trace Sotomayor’s journey from the Bronx to the Supreme Court.
“Sonia Sotomayor’s story illustrates everything that is right about the United States,” said Bluewater President Darren G. Davis. “Sotomayor came from a poor family. Her father didn’t even speak English. Yet she has risen to become one of the most powerful people in the country, all because she worked hard.”
Female Force: Sonia Sotomayor is the latest in Bluewater Productions’ Female Force line of biography comics about female empowerment. Previous issues have profiled Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, talk show giant Oprah Winfrey, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. The series is one of Bluewater’s most successful, with several issues, including one focusing on First Lady Michelle Obama, selling out of multiple print runs.
“I’m proud to bring to life the story of Sonia Sotomayor,” Davis said. “As with all of our Female Force comics, I hope her story provides inspiration to others.”

**** Click on articles title to see Bluewater Production's website, including the Female Force line of biography comics, and their other publications. *****

This article courtesy the Bluewater Productions website.


Fabric Illustration- Amazing and Smart!

Hey, click on that title up there to see some great fabric illustration courtesy of Margaret Cusak, via Liz Lomax's great 3-D blog, "Working in the 3rd Dimension."

This image of Bill Gates was created by Margaret Cusak and is posted especially for John Allie.


Animation Fans!

Check out these shorts, under "Paper in Action," posted by Ward Jenkins over on Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog:

Fabulous shorts, useful for some Seniors I know, and  ain't talkin' about my 90-year old great aunts!

These are short, so watch 'em all. Then watch this video about:

How they made the Beringer Advert


From Amazing Stories to Weird Tales: Pulp Art!

Friday the 29th at the Benton!

5-7 Reception for "From Amazing Stories to Weird Tales: Pulp Art" and "The Old and the New: Recent Acquisitions and Works from the Collections"

This will be a great way to begin the semester. Do not miss it! + Free cheese cubes, guaranteed!