Exciting things afoot. The School of Visual Arts' Illustration as Visual Essay program is turning 30 this year, and the department is celebrating with a massive exhibition this fall. Alums of the program were recently asked to send in all of the things we've been working on since graduation - tear sheets from newspaper and magazine illustrations, published or self-published books and comics, products, fine art, etc., so I popped into the department yesterday to say hi and drop off a few small things.
In addition to asking for published work, the department put out a call for anyone who wanted to play. One of our fab faculty members (and local italophile), Carl Titolo, brought 100 small wooden Pinocchios back from Italy. Using the Pinocchio as reference, we were challenged to create a drawing, painting, or story in an 8"x8" piece.
If you'd like to see for scale, here's Pinocchio hanging out in my studio.
Usually I play around for a while with compositions and scenes, but for this project, I had an idea immediately. As soon as I saw the little Pinocchio, I knew what I wanted to do.
I started out with a few warm-up sketches of Pinocchio.
And then moved on to a marionette character that I actually came up with years ago. I refreshed my memory of her proportions and updated her a bit.
I did a few rough thumbnails and sketches.
And came up with this sketch...
...which after a bit of tweaking and cropping to make it more dynamic, finished up like so:
The exhibit opens in November, and I'll update with dates and more info later in the year. Stay tuned!