Thursday, November 15, 2012

These are the final websites for our seniors and grad students Fall Quarter Professional Practices:
Please take a look at all the goodness. Enjoy!










Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Where we're you born?
I was born in Chengdu, China

When did you start making art?
I started drawing when I was in elementary school
Who are your biggest influences?
I love James Jean and Joao Ruas’s work a lot.

What is your preferred medium?
Mixed media. I start with graphite, ink. Then I go through coloring process in Photoshop.

What are your hobbies except illustration and drawing?
Watching horror movies , playing horror TV games.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Where we're you born?

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia

When did you start making art?

That's an odd question; I guess when I started drawing on the walls of my house, back when I was like 6 years old. Is that art? like muralism?

Where we're you educated?

I got my bachelor's degree in Visual arts at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Who are your biggest influences?
Neoclassical painters (I wanna draw like that even possible?), pretty much all of the Impressionist painters. Romanticism painters. Contemporary illustrators like Tomer Hanuka, Yuko Shimizu. Trying to get rid of James jean influence, though I still like his work.

What is your preferred medium?

A Piece of paper, graphite, pens and photoshop. Though I love painting but I am not a painter...

How did you end up using this medium and what made you realize this is the best way for you to achieve final piece?

I started using Photoshop around 6 years ago and I found that it was quite easy and amazing. It gives almost endless possibilities to work a piece but most importantly,  it gives you the power to “ctrl (command) + Z”.

What is your typical working process?
I generally start by doing some research on the subject I have to illustrate. After ruminating on some ideas I do some thumbnails, between 10 or 20.  Then, if I feel like something is working I scan the thumbs and clean them in Photoshop, just to make them clearer for me. If I like a thumb I’ll blow it up, print it and start the tight sketch. Later I’ll work on the final drawing, scan it, and do the color in Photoshop.

Tell us something specific about yourself that no one knows.
When I was I kid I used to make short comics making fun of the Backstreet boys’ videos, cause I hated them.  Those comics are gonne...sadly?
What are your hobbies except illustration and drawing?
Love reading books, playing guitar (though I haven’t played at all lately), watching movies, looking for the ultimate cookie.

What are your dream clients and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Some of my dream clients are Penguin, Tor, The new Yorker.
I see myself as a established freelance illustrator, maybe an art director, making a decent living out of my stuff, and getting enough sleep during weekends.


Where we're you born?
Detroit, Michigan. Grew up in Florida.

When did you start making art?
Ever since I was a little kid and all through grade school, high school and undergrad.

Who are your biggest influences?
Some of my biggest influences are John Muth, Bob Staake, Bill Mayer, François Schuiten

What is your typical working process?
I start with pencil/pen ink thumbnails and sketches and the work in Illustrator and Photoshop.

Tell us something specific about yourself that no one knows.
I have no cavities.

What is your dream clients and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Freelance illustrator doing advertising, editorial and children's work.



Where we're you born?
New Orleans, Louisiana

When did you start making art?
I started drawing when I was in high-school. I believe I was in the 10th grade and I wasn’t very good at first.

Who are your biggest influences?
Some of my biggest influences are: Silvia Dekker, Nate Williams, Simone Legno, and all things kawaii.

What is your typical working process?
I usually hand ink my characters then scan them into Photoshop to be colored.

Tell us something specific about yourself that no one knows.
I was a bellydancer for three years and I performed in a music video.

What is your dream clients and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My dream clients include Disney, HEMA, name a few. In ten years I will be in Amsterdam making surface design for HEMA.


Where we're you born?

San Antonio, Texas

Where we're you educated?

High School: William H. Taft 
Community College: Northwest Vista
Career College: SCAD

What is your preferred medium?

Adobe Photoshop


Who are your biggest influences?

Lauren Faust, Joe Moshier, Craig McCracken, Dave McKean, Wesley Dennis, Jinsei Kataoka & Kazuma Kondou.

What is your preferred medium?


How did you end up using this medium and what made you realize this is the best way for you to achieve final piece?

It -literally- just kind of happened one day. Out of no where, I decided I wanted to vector for the first time in over a year; my first two experiences with vector art had been absolutely awful, yet somehow I came to the decision to try again. Now here I am, a little over a year later, doing everything in vector. 
I really like smooth lines and solid colors, which is what attracted me to vector art, I'm a big fan of cartoon-y styles which is pretty evident in my work.


Where we're you born?

I was born in a small town is called Kadirli in Adana/Turkey.

When did you start making art?

I started making art when I was 7. I always wanted to be a painter, later my purposed changed a little bit and I added my goals to be a character designer.

Where we're you educated?

I got my high school degree in Fine Arts in Adana (my hometown) and I went to college at Yeditepe University (Istanbul) Bachelor at Graphic Design.

What is your preferred medium?

I always start with graphite or charcoal pencil sketches on any kind of paper. I scan them and drag it to photoshop and other digital platforms to start coloring and rendering. So, I call myself as Digital Artist.

What is your dream clients and where do you see yourself in 10 years?

My dream client is Pixar! I want to work with Pixar Animation Studios, create concept art and characters. I like the things moving in the end. 10 years is a long time to say something specific but I want to have my own animation studio with a great team or I will be a freelance illustrator traveling all around the world and inspiring by cultures and new people.

Where were you born?

Fort Worth, Texas. It’s right next door to Dallas, but Fort Worth is where the cowboys hang out.

When did you start making art?

I’ve always made art, but I didn’t decide that it was the career I wanted to pursue until my senior year in high school.

What is your preferred medium?
I love traditional mediums. I like to be able to feel the paper in my hand, to hear the scratch of the pen and get paint under my nails. My work recently has been created using collaged, hand-painted papers and acrylics.

Tell us something specific about yourself that no one knows.
When volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland I got trapped in Brussels and had to hitchhike to England. Even though I’ve handled crazy travel experiences like that, I still avoid MARTA whenever possible.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Here are a few student pieces from our editorial class' "animated .gif portrait" project:


Robert Downey, Jr by Barsha Malla


Tilda Swinton by Celia Celia Favorite


Stephen Speilburg by Tom Johnson


David Lynch by Barry Lee


Charles Schultz by Brittney Glenn


Friday, October 26, 2012

Double page template

When you're ready to submit your awesome monster, send it to:

Generate Winners Announced!

Monday, October 8, 2012

The 2012 Generate Challenge for Illustration was the Pet Parade poster for the Atlanta Humane Society.
Karla Slocumb
Karla Slocumb of the Atlanta Humane Society with Diamond

Karla Slocumb and Diamond were here at 9:45am on Friday the 28th to kick off the Atlanta Humane Society Pet Parade Poster Challenge. The Pet Parede is an annual fundraising event in which pets and their owners parade through Atlantic Station in wacky costumes. There is a brass band, balloons, and a crazy atmosphere that proved to be lots of fun to try to capture in an illustration. By the way, after her outing to SCAD, Diamond was adopted and is now in a new, happy home! Thanks to whoever adopted this sweet girl!

We had great sponsors this year, which made the event even more special;
Wacom donated a Large Intuos 5 Touch for the Grand Prize, a Medium Intuos 5 Touch for Second Prize, an Intuos 5 Art Pen for Third Prize and an Intuos 5 Grip Pen for Honorable Mention.
Adobe Offered a free one-year membership to Adobe's new Creative Cloud, which gives its members access to every application that Adobe makes, plus online resources and free server space for hosting their websites.
Epson brought in and installed brand new printers for each department in CommArts! The Illustration Department received an R3000 and an R2000 inkjet printer!

Chavonna Rhodes
Chavonna Rhodes at work on the Cintiq
Jonquel Norwood
Jonquel getting her main Parade Cat drawing worked out at the Cintiq.

Lindsay Anderson
Lindsay Anderson stuck it out until the wee hours.

Karla Slocumb and Christina Mahaffey
Karla Slocumb and Christina Mahaffey from the Atlanta
Humane Society had a tough time judging all the terrific entries.

Jonquel Nowrood
Jonquel was a bit shocked when she won the Grand Prize!

Jonquel's winning poster
This is Jonquel's winning poster!

The Winners!

Jonquel with her new Wacom Intuos 5 Touch
Jonquel's shiny new Wacom Intuos 5 Touch!

Yohei Horishita
Yohei's new Wacom tablet.

Heather Lund
Heather's new Art Pen

Chavonna Rhodes
Chavonna's new Grip Pen

Nesting Dolls // Matthew Amor

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In our retail markets course we just finished up a project where the students pitched and created their own set of nesting dolls. Matthew Amor created this lovely gif from the photos he took:

James Gurney at SCAD-Atlanta

Saturday, September 22, 2012

After about three years of failed attempts to coordinate schedules, we finally found a narrow window of opportunity to bring in a true Modern Master, James Gurney.

The above painting, called "Dinosaur Parade", was the seed from which grew the "Dinotopia" series of books and video productions. By the way, in Chinese, Dinotopia translates to "Terrible Lizard Happy Dream Kingdom"... wordy, but right on.

James's lecture was about his approach to achieving his trademark "imaginative realism". He began by citing his influences, like Andrew Loomis, E. G. Lutz's book "Drawing made Easy", the early Disney animators,  Howard Pyle and the other Golden Age illustrators like Dean Cornwell, Haddon Sundblom, J. C. Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell and others. He also showed how he has his studio set up; his palette and brushes, the studio lights and camera, and the C-stand which holds his maquettes at any angle.
The process involves these elements:
1. Research; really knowing and understanding your subject before you try to depict it. Gurney studied archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley before he went to art school, so he knows his subjects well.
2. Preliminary sketches, or thumbnails. Capture the essence of the composition, and work out the lights and darks to establish a rhythm through the piece.
3. Building Maquettes; Gurney often builds models of his subjects using polymer clays and other materials. He then paints them with acrylics, lights them appropriately, and photographs them or draws and paints from the model directly. This is the only way to get the shadow shapes just right.

This is an original oil painting alongside the maquette that he built and referenced for the painting. It was great to see the original; I had anticipated that the paintings would be much larger, which speaks to the precision he achieves in his paintings.
4. Posing Models: have your friends and family pose in costume to establish the correct body language as well as the shadow shapes and other details that may be missed if attempting to invent the figure from your imagination.
5. Plein Air Sketching; Gurney says that painting real things in natural light is the only way to gain a thorough understanding of how light and color behave under various conditions. He and his wife Jeanette were in Savannah a few days before the Atlanta visit and did some sketching there. He carries a small pack with a pan watercolor set, watercolor pencils, watercolor brushes and "water brushes", which have a tubular shaft of soft plastic that can be filled with either plain water or tinted water that can be squeezed into the bristles of the brush, eliminating the need to have a separate water container as you sketch.

After the lecture, James graciously signed his books for the students who either brought their own copies or bought at the lecture. Each signature was accompanied by a cool sketch of a dinosaur.

Jeanette Gurney chatting with the students.

He closed with a list of websites to organizations that students can visit to connect with professionals in their chosen area.

1. Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI)
2. Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI)
7. Fantasy art conventions or masterclasses (Spectrum LiveIlluxconIMC)
8. Animation (CTN Animation Expo)

After the lecture in Events Space 4-C, we moved down to the Illustration classrooms for a sketching demonstration. James went into more detail about his materials and methods, and showed lots of examples of the approach he takes when setting out on a sketch trip.


Gurney did a sketch of me, using a variety of watercolor pencils, watercolors and water brushes. The process was projected to the screen with an Elmo camera. 

This is the finished sketch, which represents about 25 minutes of work.

Lots of very happy, very impressed students.

Many thanks to James and his lovely wife Jeanette for spending time with us and sharing his prodigious
talent with us this week. Hope you can come back soon!