May means graduation time, and New York City is filled with student exhibitions and senior work on display for the world to hire. So for the next few weeks, I’ll be snooping several art schools’ openings for new and inspiring illustrators, and bringing the best of the best right here to the blog.
I started with the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Thesis exhibition last night! I’d highly recommend trekking to Chelsea for both design and illustration. Details below:
Visual Arts Gallery / 601 W 26th Street, 15th floor
April 29-May 14, 2011 / Mon-Sat, 10 am – 6 pm
All the student work was of exceptional quality (they ARE MFAs, after all), but here were my Top 5:
1. Hye Su / Looking at Hye Su’s body of work is like stepping into a completely different universe. Her mastery of a range of mediums (from embroidery, to zines/books, to 3-dimensional objects) remain entirely consistent – everything is shown through her very unique lens. I couldn’t get enough of her wild and wonderful characters!
2. Lisa Anchin / Of anyone else at the show, it was Lisa who was made for children’s books. I was impressed how prolific and professional her work was – at least 4 or 5 book dummies ready to go, and full of adorable characters and dynamic compositions to boot. Lucky for me, guess which Penguin imprint she’ll be interning at this summer? That’s right… we’re very excited to have her!
3. Philip Cheaney / How excited was I to see someone who created a fully-formed eBook app?! I was really impressed with (read: jealous of) its smooth, polished look on the iPad. His bold, graphic lines and color sensibility are perfect for medieval subjects like Tristan & Iseult. Check out his animations here.
4. Pimlada Phyapradit / Pimlada’s another artist with a very different way of approaching characters. Her broken-down toys are sweet and childlike, but with a touch of melancholy. I’m most impressed, though, with the muted pastel tones throughout her book – it really adds to the wood textures and her drawing style overall.
5. Jungyeon Roh / Jungyeon’s silkscreen prints are seriously, seriously stunning. The illustrations for her book, Hot (featured in the show), somehow strike a balance between whimsical color and powerful content, with a bonus of beautiful hand-drawn type. I wouldn’t be surprised if she continues to garner major awards and editorial publications in the future!