Yesterday was chock full of awesomeness. Zoe, a friend from the KCAI days, smuggled me into Yuko Shimizu's sophomore Illustration Principles class and I got to join in on their critique. It's always interesting to see how other people and schools run critique and talk about work. Yuko was gracious, funny, and on point with her insight (as expected.) You SVA kids got it good.
Zoe and I trekked through the rain and drew some at the Natural History Museum, before I went to go meet Derrick at the Society of Illustrators building. They have an awesome Harvey Kurtzman exhibit up now, in addition to their amazing permanent collection (including one of my favorite illustrations of all time by Coby Whitmore.) One thing I love about the SOI is that there is mind-blowing work EVERYWHERE. Like, there’s literally a James Montgomery Flagg in the men’s bathroom.
Less impressive, although still amazing to me, is that my work is in the SOI store! The 52 Shades of Greed collaboration that I was a part of was chilling next to the entrance.
Afterwards, we met up with my friend Zack at tumblr! Yes, the actual physical tumblr, nexus of all cat gifs. They’ve got a great space that is dog-friendly and has a large emphasis on food (which I can appreciate).
Speaking of food, we did have Texas-style bbq later—which, as a Memphian, I was highly skeptical of. It was pretty good though, I’ll admit. It’ll take Congressional action for me to say it’s better than Memphis-anything, but it was tasty.
I’ll be heading home soon, and can’t wait to get back to work. This trip has been extremely beneficial to me in so many ways.