Some completely unremarkable sketches with new classmates on top of a big rock overlooking the Pond in Central Park. The woman in the yellow hat is Elizabeth Rodriguez from Orange Is the New Black apparently, and she was very nice. The bros with the “Ballslack” shirts were a wrestling team from Montreal. They’re in town for a competition and are going up against the Russians tomorrow. Give them hell, Ballslack.
One of the wrestlers asked us if we were all artists, and we said yes. His English was very good, but then he asked if we went to “draw school.”
And we said yes. Yes, we go to Draw School.
"In 1979, Robert Weaver, the undisputed pioneer of contemporary illustration, was asked if illustration was art. He replied, ‘No. It is only a profession whose best practitioners may one day be remembered as artists. The state of the art of illustration might be compared to a third-world country; it has not yet gained control of its technology. Editors and design consultants, not artists, shape the magazine. For a work to be judged as art there must be an artist in full command of his medium. Only when he has pushed it as far as it can go can he be tested fairly by the same critical standards applied to other artists.’
Thirty-five years later, illustrators have gained more control over their medium, as a result of technology. Editors and design consultants continue to dominate the magazines, but with the advent of self-publishing and the Internet, the illustrator now has the opportunity to take full command of his medium.
Storytelling, finally in the hands of the illustrator, can now be judged as an art form.”
"We Tell Stories" 30th Anniversary of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program. 1984-2014.
The second year students have officially welcomed the new first years. We toasted to their commitment to their craft and deer-in-headlights expressions at DBA on 1st Ave last Friday. Can you tell who is “old blood” and who is “new blood?”
Thank you to Francisco Galarraga (pictured above eating pizza) for your amazing camera and photo-taking!
Look at all of these illustrators! In a bit of a coincidence, the original dba is a bar on Frenchman that I remember going to in New Orleans a bunch of times and always having a lot of fun. So in honor of that, I drank Abita everything and got to meet all of these wonderful new classmates.
Southern soul / Northern newness.
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Sketches from Washington Square Park and the Met. I really love the woman-eating-pizza drawing, because she’s eating pizza.
So one of the things that I’m always saying to people on this blog is to write, write, and write some more. Getting thoughts organized and down on paper helps you articulate and understand your own practice, and it also preserves those thoughts for you to refer back to later. I don’t offer a lot of writing specifics because I think everyone has their own way of approaching things, but here’s one format that I’ve picked up: