Tuesday, January 31, 2012

on location

Illustrator Samantha Kallis drawing on location:
coffee shop

san diego zoo
Jury Duty

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


James Gurney

Ann Field

Ann Field

Nathaniel Russell

Francesco Clemente

Tina Berning

Nathaniel Russell

Laylah Ali
Laylah Ali

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

the bounding line as primary human language

Surviving human artifacts tell us something about the way that we seem to be wired. Some of the earliest examples of visual expression are created by the use of elegant contour line drawing:
Lascaux, France

This is interesting to me, because the bounding line is entirely a human abstraction, and has persisted throughout history:
Leonardo Da Vinci

In different time periods:
Medieval Westminster, U.K.

In all parts of the globe:
Japanese Ukiyo-e Block Print

Draw your attention (pun only half-intended) to the fact that black lines do not actually hold in the world around you. Line work is, instead, a human language short-hand to show where one object ends and another begins. It's all about the perception of edges. So what parts of an object are most important for determining a contour? What can be left out?
David Hockney
Egon Schiele
Student drawing

Thursday, January 5, 2012

welcome, winter 2012 students

Hello, hello! This is the place to go for extra resources, inspiration and direction during your time as an illustration student at SPU and beyond. Start by browsing the side bars and reading back in time. Continue by keeping up with posts as the quarter progresses.
Clare Rojas