Alexa made a lot of cute animal comics, which I am not predisposed to love. But she worked really hard figuring out the nuances of cuteness, and in the meantime, became a really good designer. The simplicity of adorableness is hard to achieve–one bad line and you move to cloying or saccharin. But Alexa avoids all of this…check out her map project from the end of the semester! I have a feeling that Alexa will get a lot of children’s book illustration work. Good for her in advance. Cha-ching!
Lily was a bit of a basket case at the beginning of the semester, I knew that she could draw, but she was beating herself up too much about what she was doing. But then she figured it out. Her zombie comic is a great. I am jealous of the way she can make something look good with just black and white. And her website with all of her drawings looks great too. Go look at it!
I am thrilled to be a part of this month’s Lucky Peach! My piece for the best food magazine around is about how you probably don’t want to eat sushi any more. Gotta say it was kind of a bummer doing the research for this one…
Here’s an excerpt, go out and buy the magazine!
Shantel is one of those “wildcard” students. She had never made comics before taking my class in the Spring, but obviously had a great sense of design and was a hard worker, because she was an animation major. Her first two projects were extremely ambitious, but didn’t quite hit the mark, I think due to her total lack of experience. Her last project, the poster you see below, blew everyone’s mind. I love it specifically because it breaks the rules. Her color choices are experimental. The subject matter is provocative, but she pulls it off, with direct drawing, and interesting space and color. She will continue to do amazing stuff, I’m sure.