Keep your eye out for a feature of faculty Lisa Cyr's work in the upcoming issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine. The article is entitled "40 Texture-Making Tips and Tricks" and will be on newsstands this fall or can be preordered now.
Mike Wimmer (Class of 2009) has accepted a two-year position as Artist in Residence at Oklahoma City University. Mike, who painted many of the murals in the state's Capitol Building, will bring his skills to the Norick Art Center in OCU's Petree College of Arts and Sciences to teach classes and workshops.
Says OCU President Robert Henry, "Mike Wimmer is one of our state's most prolific and talented artists. He is recognized throughout the world for his large array of public art and commercial art projects. Whenever I visit the state Capitol Building, I always find time to stop and admire his many works. Our students will benefit by learning from and getting to know such a successful professional.”
Mike is known for creating a "more kind and gentle Mr. Clean," cover art for Disney's "Lion King" soundtrack, and commemorative can designs for Planters Peanuts. He has also illustrated a handful of children's books. For the past decade he has travelled the country to elementary, junior high and high schools hosting workshops and speaking with children about being an artist. He says, “I’m very excited about the opportunity to share my experience and expertise with the students at OCU."
If you're in or near the city, stop by the Society of Illustrators on Saturday, September 24 from 1-5pm to see top illustrators demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum. Featuring: Julie Bell, Rick Berry, Donato Giancola, Greg Manchess, and Boris Vallejo.
Tickets: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members, $20 Students. Food will be available for an additional $5. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-838-2560.
poster illustration by Julie Bell, design by Dan Dos Santos
Guest speaker Craig Frazier's children's book Lots of Dots has been selected for an award of merit under the category of Children's Book in 3x3 magazine's Children's Show this year. Winners will be published in 3x3 magazine's illustration annual No. 8 due out in December. See the complete list of winners here.
Craig's book originated from a random sketch in his sketchbook a few years ago. He was playing with stick-on dots with a silhouetted character. Initially he was unsure he could fill 36 pages, but eventually the images came, as did the rhyming words.