Monday, July 23, 2012

MFA: Round 1...Fight!

2 weeks ago, I began my pursuit of an MFA in Illustration at the University of Hartford in their Low Residency MFA program. I spent 2 intense weeks studying and learning from amazing faculty Bunny Carter, Dennis Nolan, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Jim Carson, and Murray Tinkelman. I had a blast and learned a lot.

I also met some awesome classmates! They are all extremely talented and come from a variety of backgrounds. I know I'm going to learn a lot from them over the next few years!

We spent the first week working on our "Dream Assignment". It was pretty much anything we wanted to do in terms of subject, but had to produce 5 black and white and 1 color sketch by the end of the week. Sounds pretty easy, but we also had to nail down our story moments, produce at least 50 thumbnails for each, and tighten up the sketches.

For my assignment, I chose to do mock comic book covers for a potential series. I had a rough story in mind, but no script or breakdown written out. I decided to try to capture different "moments" that might happen in the story. It's a story I'm thinking of developing as part of my thesis project.

The second week, our assignment was to produce a children's book dummy. I came up with an original story and sketched out all of the pages in black and white. I like the story idea and may also pursue it as part of my thesis. But for now, here are a color cover and 1 color layout comp.