The Art of Illustrated Maps 

Frequent guest speaker during the Hartford Contact Periods, John Roman, announced his new book The Art of Illustrated Maps: A Complete Guide to Creative Mapmaking's History, Process and Inspiration, that will be released on October 16, 2015. The book also features the work of alumnus Mario Zucca (c/o 2013). 

"You’ll appreciate The Art of Illustrated Maps if:

  • You're interested in illustrated conceptual maps
  • You want to learn more about creative cartography
  • You want examples from illustrators around the world

This is the first book ever to fully explore the fascinating world of "illustrated" conceptual maps. Author and map artist John Roman traces the roots of imaginative mapping from their beginnings over two thousand years ago, and shows us how the human mind is programmed to instinctively relate to the geographic exaggerations illustrated maps are famous for.This book maps the origins and history of creative cartography, analyzes why our brains so easily relate to conceptual maps, presents how professional artists create illustrated maps, and showcases the works of contemporary map illustrators from around the world."


James O'Brien (Class of 2008) & The Chronicle of Higher Education

Alumnus James O'Brien (Class of 2008) has done an Illustration for The Chronicle of Higher Education for a story about academic diversity. He was honored to learn that it was selected for CQ40!

For more from James O'Brien, please visit his website here.

For more on The Chronicle of Higher Education, follow this link.


#Cycling • Animated Illustration Series From Ryan Maguire

From Alumnus Ryan Maguire (Class of 2014):
Now on view; #TDF2015 #Cycling  • Animated Illustration Series • Go #USA • from #MADink Studio ( #highvelocityart



Alumnus Ryan Maguire (Class of 2014) of MADink Illustrates Logo for TEAM DUNGEON Arm Wrestling (USA)


TEAM DUNGEON Arm Wrestling (USA) is ready to pull through the the
Professional Arm Wrestling ranks with their custom 'DEATHGRIP' team
logo, custom illustrated by Ryan Maguire of MADink (RI)

Get ready to watch Team Dungeon's Tim Bresnan, ranked one of the top
ten pullers in the world, at (PAL) Professional Arm Wrestling League's
#ARMfight43 'VENDETTA IN VEGAS' on 12th of July 2015 in Hard Rock
Hotel & Casino (Vinyl Club) #LasVegas

Event links:

Team Dungeon is ready to 'FIRE IT UP!' for the next generation of
professional arm wrestling sports!
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How to Babysit a Leopard by Ted & Betsy Lewin Available on Amazon

Hartford MFA in Illustration faculty members Ted and Betst Lewin have published a new book, How to Babysit a Leopard: and Other True Stories from Our Travels Across Six Continents, available on Amazon now.


Students of the MFA program can get their copy signed this summer at the Contact Period in Hartford.

Get it here:


Lunchtime Presenter, Elwood Smith, Has A New Book

Author, Illustrator, and Hartford MFA Lunchtime Presenter, Elwood Smith has released a new book: How to Draw With Your Funny Bone.

"If you struggle to turn sticks into figures, then perhaps it is time to seek out a Trained Professional Artist! Illustrator Elwood H. Smith consults his expert funny bone as he leads budding artists through a tutorial on how to draw tricycle- riding pigs, silly-grinning cars, and jousting ketchup bottles. Emphasizing that subjects can be based on everyday materials and that artists have unique styles, this is a workbook that will encourage readers to experiment with their own types of visual expression."
Harford MFA in Illustration Students will have the chance to get their copy of the book signed at this summer's Contact Period in Hartford before Smith's lecture! See Carol for more details.
Buy How to Draw With Your Funny Bone on Amazon here:

MFA Alumnus Dave Szalay Granted Tenure at Myers School of Art at The University of Akron

Congratulations to MFA Alumnus Dave Szalay (Class of 2013), who just received word that he has been granted tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor at the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron. 

Dave began as an adjunct instructor in 2005 teaching classes such as typography and production for design. He secured a full time tenure track position in 2008 as Assistant Prof. and has been teaching all levels of design and illustration including advanced classes.  Dave hopes to apply more knowledge from his MFA at Hartford toward a new illustration curriculum development in the program at the Myers School. They currently have nearly 300 graphic design majors with at least a third expressing strong interests in illustration. Many opt for a minor in illustration with their BFA in graphic design but Dave would like to develop an option for illustration as a major. He has been working toward promotion and tenure with yearly reviews since 2009. 
Again, congratulatons to Dave! To view his work, check out his website here: