Food Truck Party

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Our class just finished up a project all about FOOD TRUCKS. Students were required to come up with a food concept and design the trucks and any extra bits they could think of. Here are a few favorites:










Concepts and Compositions class work

Monday, June 10, 2013

This spring I taught ILLU727:Illustration Concepts and Composition to a small but very talented group of grad students.
There were two main subjects for the course; the first was to read and interpret the stories of Baba Yaga, a Russian folktale about a hag/witch who could be hideous and charming, and could take the shape of different creatures. The visual telling of the Baba Yaga stories was straight forward; be true to the text and create characters and environments that depict the stories as they were written.
The second major subject was Alice in Wonderland; a very familiar tale that everyone knows from the classic Lewis Carroll story and Sir John Tenniel's illustrations, but mostly from the Disney animation. The class watched the Disney version to re-familiarize themselves with the story and the characters, but their task was to reinvent the tale. They had to set the story in a different environment and a different time from the original, and they had to reinvent the characters to fit this new time and place. "Wonderland" was to become something else.
Each subject, Baba Yaga and Alice, required the same kinds of illustrations; take two scenes from each story and create a main illustration depicting a pivotal moment in the story, as well as a spot illustration and an illuminated letter. The spots could be a way to introduce a secondary scene, or to introduce a character that didn't make it into the main illustration, or it could be a continuation of the action in the main illustration. The illuminated letter piece involved taking a letterform in a font appropriate to the story, and illustrate it with elements from the story.
These illustrations are the main pieces from the Alice assignment. (there was no requirement to do one vertical and one horizontal, they just happened to come out that way)

Yohei Horishita depicted Wonderland as a kinky masquerade party, where the characters are all humans dressed in costumes and masks that relate to the characters in the story. This is done with traditional line drawn in pen and ink, with digital color and texture.

Elyse Salazar saw Wonderland as the world of drugs and addiction, and depicted Alice as an addict.
The technique was ink wash paintings in black and gray, colorized in Photoshop.

Amy Scott saw Alice as a space traveler, and the other characters took on alien-like forms.
Traditional graphite drawings with digital color and texture.

Logan Wagoner had a different idea; Alice is in an insane asylum and Wonderland is where she escapes to in her head. The characters are other patients or employees of the asylum, except for the Cheshire cat, which is her imaginary pet. Traditional watercolor with digital enhancements.

Nuri Keli: Student Spotlight

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The SCAD Atlanta faculty is proud to shine the Student Spotlight on Nuri Keli!


1. Where are you from?
I was born in a small town called Kadirli in Adana, Turkey.


2. Where have you been to school?
I received my Diploma at Anateolian Fine Arts high school, then, I completed my bachelor
in Graphic Design at Yeditepe University, IstanbulTurkey.


3. What attracted you to Illustration?
Since I was 7, I was always interested in drawing, characters, heroes and compositions. I
initially expressed my creativity through traditional mediums. After being exposed to the
computer and digital painting platforms, I started to combine traditional medium with digital
medium. Now, most of my illustrations and visual development are done in digital


4. Who are your biggest influences?
I have a lot of favorite artists but the ones that inspire me the most are: Pascal Campion,
Dice Tsutsumi and James Gurney.

Nuri Keli: T-O-T

5. If you weren’t studying illustration at SCAD, what would you likely be doing?
SCAD was my milestone, it seems unimaginable to be at SCAD, but if I did not come to
SCAD, I would most likely work for local companies as a caricaturist, graphic designer or
an illustrator.

Nuri Keli-Hot off the Presses

6. What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like watching movies, listening to music, enjoying a cup of Turkish tea
and going out for walks.

Nuri Keli- Woody Allen

7. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Most people do not know that I am allergic to cats! Besides that, I think that people seldom
realized that I can get angry or frustrated since I am generally so positive and energetic.

Nuri Keli- Le Petit Prince

8. What would your dream job/client be and why?
Just like many illustrators, my dream job and client is Pixar Animation Studios. I always wanted
to work for Pixar Animation Studios, which is the primary goal in my career. I feel very
connected to how they create concepts and their characters and I find them similar to my
artistic style.


9. What’s your typical process for creating your artwork (technique, media, etc)?
Typically, I do graphite sketches and scan them in to the computer and paint over it with
Photoshop. But mostly, I like experimenting with new mediums and let happy accidents become a part of my work. When I have a very extended deadline, I like to experiment with traditional
mediums first, then bring it into a digital platform to add the final touches.
Nuri Keli colorscript1_o
10. Sum up your personal philosophy in 25 words or less.
I have very straight work principles, if I have a commission, I need to finish it before I have
my breakfast or lunch. I feel like I need to deserve it, then I can reward myself. I am flexible
with different styles as long as the result makes me happy. I would like to be happy and
make people happy. I also believe helping and sharing is very important.

Thanks, Nuri! You're an inspiration to us all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The 2013 Illustration Forum is Official!

Victo Ngai, Bill Mayer and Sarah Watts will ALL be here on May 9, 10 and 11!

Here are the important bits:

•Thursday, May 9, 6-9pm: Lecture,  Rooms 256/257 (lecture rooms behind the Hub)
•Friday, May 10, Workshops and Demos in the ILLU classrooms: Sarah Watts: 10am-12pm,
Victo Ngai:1-3pm, Bill Mayer: 3-5pm.
•Saturday, May 11. Portfolio Reviews for Seniors and Grad students. A sign-up sheet will be posted in room 379 the week prior to the event.

Watch for updates and Workshop/Demo topics here and on our Facebook page.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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