Category Archives: Resource

Brian Stauffer

Illustrator in the hot seat.  Brian is at the top of his game and has been cranking out some seriously solid work.  Check him out in this month’s Communication Arts Issue.  He gives a brief personal account of this experience at his drawger link.  He is also one of the inaugural illustration instructors at an online site offering cool classes, tutormill.


Line Up for Assignment Six

Assignment six. I’m wanting something for our illo3 wall. make use of that large printer.  I would like our class to create illustrations for a horizontal print of 11 full length portraits on one sheet, a Watkins line up.  Inspired by the great Josh Cochran, we are going to do full length drawings of classmates and colleagues at Watkins.  Pay attention to clothing details and the specifics of what the person is wearing.  This is a link to a example of what I am envisioning, a project Josh completed for the Dubai Metro.   Your drawing will have the person in a standing position and will be silhouetted against a white background.   Sketch deadline: posted by Tuesday, 23rd, 10:00 pm. Final art due on Thursday February 25th, 2010, 10:00 pm, posted.

My recommedation is to take a photo of  your Watkins celebrity to work from and then if time permits to do a life drawing at the same time you take the photo.  Work from both the life drawing and photo reference.  Do not trace the photo.  Simply use it as reference as you work out your drawing, before inking.  Extra credit for any of you that do two or more Watkins celebrities.  Dan in his black hat, full length pose would be a winner. Someone grab a camera.

Give me Five

For week one through five, I’ve asked that each student do one artist review per week.  Most of you posted your reviews on time, some did not.

For the remaining two weeks, I simply want five hot links per week, in one short post,  without review.  Simply list five illustrators/artists that you like. List artist and direct link from name.  When completed it should something like:

Travis’s list of five artist for 02-18-10: Hanoch Piven, Randal Enos, Leo Espinosa, Robert Neubecker, Shout

To view artist work, simply click on name.

Deadline:  post five for 02- 26-10.  And post five for  03-05-10.  Questions?  Let me know.

ink/brush drawing due on the 12th- Assignment Four

Drawing is the language of the illustrator, if there is one thing that everyone can improve, it’s our drawing.  If at some point you make it your ambition to work as an illustrator,  put drawing at the top of your list of goals and objectives.   Hey Travis,  I did an illustration this week, in seconds I can review the final and see areas of the drawing that contribute to the final or distracts from the success of the final.  Drawing is our base, our foundation.

School is closed on the 12th of February for a holiday, this falls on a Friday. There is no class on the 12th.  Final art for this fourth assignment is due on Friday, 12th.  Post your favorite b/w brush drawing by midnight.  No sketches due- it’s not applicable.  The assignment is to do a series of black and white ink drawing(s) with brush work only.  No nib, no pen.   Brush only.  Bold strokes- both thick and thin brushed lines.   Your drawings should be on 8 x 8 or larger- size format your choice.  The drawings should be from life, not from photos or memory. Bold strokes, contours, no pencil, simply brush strokes on paper.  Realism is not our goal, representational work is our goal.  Stylizing what you see and draw is encouraged.  No pencil work under the line.  You will bring all your drawings to class on the 19th.  Be it one drawing, 15 or 30.  Your grade will be determined by your effort, energy and attitude.  Also, post your weekly artist review.

Highlights from contrast assignment

Here you go- the three minute critique.   Tyler stretched himself and branched out from the pen and ink- i liked the lumberjack.   Brittany and Chris did an image in illustrator.  Shelby showed us up by sitting down to doodle a fun piece, no sketch, simply pen to paper- you’ve got to love that.  Janna gave us an image that at the end of the day could attract art buyers- paying gigs around the corner with a series of this caliber.  I like the perspective of Ligia’s drawing of the astronaut.  Pig on trike from Patrick was fun.

My favorite for the week- Jared did three pieces instead of one.  One for the assignment and two pieces for himself.  If anyone is really interested in making a go of this-  doing artwork for yourself is what it’s all about.  Sounds a lot like what I was saying the first day of class.   Dig deeper, find your flow.

Your Portrait due on the 5th.

Illustration Assignment: Self portrait. OR portrait of a class mate- any class mate from Watkins.  You have one week to complete the portrait. Extra Credit for those that work in acrylic. Work in a 9 x 12 format OR a square format. Full bleed. Include a background color. Medium: Your choice on medium. You will receive extra credit for working in acrylic. Extra credit for not working in pen and ink. Final due: Friday night the 5th of February, midnight. Extra Credit for having it done by Thursday at 10:00 pm. I would prefer you draw your reference from life, photo reference is good, drawing from life to obtain your material to work from- better.

Caricatures permitted.

Snow Day

7:25 am., School is closed and  not one drop of snow or ice- yet.  This my friend is one of the oddities of Nashville.  10 degrees one day, 50 degrees the next.  98% of Nashvillians have no clue on how to drive in the snow, me being one of them, we shut the city down before the snow even arrives.

We’ve not taken time to do critiques in class of each other’s work-  and I would like to keep it that way.  The five hours in class goes by fast, no need to take time to say something about each other’s work that can easily be said in a written post.  If you like something, add a note to their post.   If you don’t like something- keep it to yourself.   How will each of us get better at what we do, do more of the same only better the next time.   Most of us can look at our own work and self evaluate on how to do better the next time.  You want to be a great swimmer, don’t read about it, get in the pool and do the hard work of swimming, listen to your coach.  You want to be an illustrator, then illustrate.  Don’t talk about it- do it, make images and make a lot of them.  Find a small group of mentors that can encourage you along the way.  Mentors can even be a class mate.  Simply encourage each other to the next level to challenge each other to do your best work.