MFA ILP well represented in Society of Illustrators MoCCa show in NYC

MoCCA Arts Festival Awards Of Excellence: The Exhibit is up at the Society of Illustrators in New York, exhibiting work from multiple works from MFA Illustration Practice students and alumni. The show runs from September 05, 2017 to October 21, 2017 and includes pieces from Jasjyot Singh-Hans ('17 Silver Medal in Short Form Comics), Hayley Thornton-Kennedy ('18 Silver Medal in Single Image), Ryan Cho ('18), Aditi Damle ('17, and Sena Kwon ('17).


From the Society of Illustrators website:

Society of Illustrators Executive Director Anelle Miller says, "The exhibitors at the MoCCA Arts Festival are among the most daring and inventive voices in comics and illustration working today, and we are pleased to celebrate their important work and advance the Society's long heritage of recognizing the finest artists in all fields of illustration with the MoCCA Arts Festival Awards of Excellence."

Five ILP Students announced as 3x3 International No. 14 winners

In the 3x3 international No. 14 competition five ILP students were chosen as student show winners.


Ryan Cho ('18) received Bronze for the piece Instagram Selfies, "a collection of selfies and hashtags from various portraits on Instagram." 

Ryan received merit for his three dimensional work Cuddy Skateshop, "a fictional skateshop made out of cardboard and paper mache. It once had a skatepark in the back, which closed down due to budget cuts."

Ryan also received honorable mention for his work Herman, an experimental zine about an old interview with the band Mazzy Star.

Luyi Wang ('17) won merit for five of her paintings from her thesis children's book Reigning Heads.

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Jasjyot Singh Hans ('17) honorable mention merit for his work Dazzle Camouflage. "The piece was inspired by the optical phenomenon used by troops of ships during World War 1. I found it visually intriguing, and wanted to reinterpret it through a fashion lens. "

Hui Yang ('18) received honorable mention for her work Amusement Park of Desserts. " I have always loved the sweet texture and delicate appearance of desserts, and have wondered what would happen if desserts came alive? What would they do? What if everyone was a kind of dessert! While creating this illustration, I was inspired by a girl with freckles on her shoulder, which made her look like she was dotted with sprinkles. I tried to combine the visual qualities of desserts to make a playful and imaginary illustration. I also love amusement parks, so I imagined what would it be like if it an amusement parks was designed just for desserts."

Yiran Guo ('17) also received merit for her work. 

The full list of 3x3 No. 14 winners is here.

Tiffany Lin ('17) and Emily Joynton ('17) on their summer internship with Printfresh

Last summer, Tiffany Lin and Emily Joynton, current ILP students, spent their summer as production & design interns at the textile design company Printfresh. Read Emily's summary below to learn more about their experience.

As Illustration Practice MFA grad students, both Tiffany and I have participated in a variety of different workshops facilitated by the ILP program. Last spring, one of those workshops focused on patternmaking and was led by Amy Voloshin and Leanne Biank of Printfresh, a textile company based in Philadelphia. Amy and Leanne led an informative and really enjoyable session that sparked an interest in both Tiffany and me. Making patterns was challenging but also a lot of fun, so not too long after the workshop was over, both Tiffany and I applied to be summer interns. A few weeks later, we were officially accepted!

Printfresh is a textile design company, and for them this means that they have an in-house team of designers who are constantly creating new patterns to coincide with predicted trends. While we were interns, the work Tiffany and I created and saw other designers create was mostly geared toward women’s and junior’s markets. Printfresh prints samples of each of the designs so as to give clients a tangible example of the print. 

Tiffany Lin (left) and production assistant Paige (right) roll up printed fabric samples of original Printfresh designs, preparing them to be put in the industrial steamer.

Tiffany Lin (left) and production assistant Paige (right) roll up printed fabric samples of original Printfresh designs, preparing them to be put in the industrial steamer.

As interns, our days were split into two different departments: production and design. Most mornings were spent in production where we learned how to print, label, and archive these original prints, embellish new prints with sequins and gold foil, and process the vintage items that came through in a constant stream (the vintage archives at Printfresh are absolutely fabulous!). Working in production helped form a better understanding of how the company functions as a whole, how all the moving parts culminate in client visits, general sales, and trade shows. This “behind the scenes” work of a textile design company was actually pretty fascinating and rewarding with the completion of these very tangible tasks.

Emily Joynton applies gold foil to canvas, creating the backdrop that will hang in the PF Vintage booth at trade shows.

Emily Joynton applies gold foil to canvas, creating the backdrop that will hang in the PF Vintage booth at trade shows.

The other half of the day was spent working in design. Both Tiffany and I had great mentors – Tiffany primarily worked with designers in the women’s department and I was partnered with a junior’s designer named Esther. She mentored me on everything from making patterns to more efficient use of Photoshop. She led me through each step of creating a pattern, working through the project sheets of each new trend.  Each “trend” for a designer is a group of 4 patterns, so I would help Esther by creating the final pattern in the trend group, or creating motifs that she could later layout herself into a completed pattern. Esther helped me think as a designer for the junior’s market and what that meant in terms of what kind of motifs we used, what colors worked best, etc. We had an excellent personal and professional dynamic – working with her was a wonderful experience.

Tiffany and I helped the women's department create these new hand-drawn motifs that were then laid out into conversational prints by the experienced designers. Printfresh uses both traditional and digital media to create their patterns.

Tiffany and I helped the women's department create these new hand-drawn motifs that were then laid out into conversational prints by the experienced designers. Printfresh uses both traditional and digital media to create their patterns.

During our time at Printfresh, Tiffany and I both sold prints! This was really exciting news that spoke to the great mentorship we received from our respective mentors and how we were learning to create marketable prints. In the middle of the summer, Tiffany and I both helped with the Premiere Vision trade show in New York City. That was a thrilling experience to see the sales in motion and be in the center of the activity that is a major trade show. These are just a few examples of how Printfresh allowed us to see all sides of the business and have very well-rounded experience even in such a short amount of time.

This picture was captured during a rare slow moment in what was a hectic but exciting day at the Premiere Vision trade show in NYC.

This picture was captured during a rare slow moment in what was a hectic but exciting day at the Premiere Vision trade show in NYC.

Printfresh has a refined internship program that details what specific skills the intern should strive to learn by the time the internship has ended. As the final task, each intern creates a set of four patterns of their own conception and execution, to be printed and presented to the rest of the design team. I chose my patterns to be themed around summer camp - conversational prints for juniors with lots of movement, a bold, graphic drawing style, and bright colors. 

At the end of our internship, Tiffany and I presented our independent projects to all the designers and staff.

At the end of our internship, Tiffany and I presented our independent projects to all the designers and staff.

Tiffany went with a more abstract approach, painting beautiful brushstrokes and layering them on top of bold primary colors. 

Here's a medley of images from our presentations!

Here's a medley of images from our presentations!

Seeing our original designs printed on actual fabric was thrilling! This project is also the one exception where the work was created at Printfresh, but we are allowed to display these patterns as our own work. It was a great portfolio-building opportunity as well as wonderful job experience.

Working with Printfresh was a wonderful experience all around. Many thanks from Tiffany and me to Whitney Sherman and Kimberly Ellen Hall for introducing us to Printfresh and therefore making this internship possible. And thanks to Amy and Leo Voloshin for graciously taking us on this summer, and to all the creative direction from all the designers who patiently worked with us!

Tiffany and some of the Printfresh designers during an indigo dyeing workshop. It was a great summer!

Tiffany and some of the Printfresh designers during an indigo dyeing workshop. It was a great summer!

Meltem Şahin ('16) on being a teaching assistant for the animation course "Paris in Motion" in Paris, France

In the summer of 2016, ILP alum Meltem Sahin was selected to assist in teaching an introductory animation class in Paris, France. Meltem describes the incredible experience in her own words below.

For three weeks in June 2016, I was a teaching assistant for a course called “Paris in Motion” in France. The course is a summer abroad program of MICA’s Animation Department created by Laurence Arcadias, the chair of the department. Besides me, there was another assistant of Laurence, Jessica Whang, who is currently an animation major and illustration concentrator at MICA. 

The course was held in Paris at "Les Rėcollets,” a famous residency that nurtures artists and scientists from all over the world. One week before the course started, I met with Laurence and Jessica at there to create a schedule for the course. "Paris in Motion" allowed students to explore various aspects of the city while experimenting with moving images. There were five workshops that covers areas in animation and the students were asked to produce a final project at the end of their stay. In addition to improving their creative skills, students met Parisian talents, discovered world class museums, and marveled at the unique architecture.

We designed the course in a way that students would be immersed in a creative environment in one of the most beautiful and art-driven cities in the world. More than learning in the classroom, students were experiencing, observing, learning on the streets of Paris. Museums and sights that the students saw included Notre Dame de Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, La Gaîté Lyrique, Musée Picasso, Musée de Montmartre, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Art Ludique Museum, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Luxembourg Gardens, Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Palais de Tokyo, Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Other than museums and sights, we visited three artist studios and offices. The first one we visited was Michel Ocelot’s studio. Michel Ocelot is a French writer, character designer, storyboard artist and director of animated films and television programs. He is also a former president of the International Animated Film Association and probably best known for his 1998 début feature Kirikou and The Sorceress. When we visited Ocelot’s studio, he was working on his new feature length animation with eight other artists. In his studio, students saw different stages of animation from character design to background making to special effects.

Our second visit was to NORMAAL Animation Studios. There are approximately 120 people working at NORMAAL and Alexis Lavillat is the founder of the studios. Alexis has alternately worked as a graphic author, designer, screenwriter, director, but always as producer on 15 animated series broadcast in France and around the world. During our visit, he gave us a tour in the studios. Students observed the distribution of work in the animated advertisement and TV series industry, along with different techniques of animation from stop-motion to 3D animation.

In Paris, our last studio visit was to Ciclic to see two MICA teachers’ (Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter) studios. Ciclic is an animation residency for French and international directors and provides support for films throughout all different stages. Since 2008, Ru & Max have been working together as “Tiny Inventions”. They have directed and produced TV commercials, music videos, PSAs and independent films. When my class and I went there, they were making their characters, rooms, and furniture for their last animation. Students learnt about creating 3D objects and their process.

Along with these visits, we had three great guest lecturers. The first one was Veronique Vienne. Veronique is an author, editorial art director, and journalist. She is known with her book 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design, co-authored with Steven Heller. During her visit, she talked about perspectives of Paris. Our second visitor was Bernard Genin. Bernard is a critic, reporter, teacher of history animation, editor and the author of two history of animation books. Bernard gave us a lecture on the history of animation. Our last visitor was Alexis Hunot. In addition to teaching history of cinema, Alexis is a proud member of the Cesars Award committee. He also gives talks in video interviews for the Institut Français. Alexis showed us a selection of animations in very different styles, including award-winning animations from this year’s The Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

During the course, I led four out of the five workshops. The workshops were: Thaumatrope, Photoshop Gifs, Monoprinted Animation and Animated Faces. Except animated faces, the ideas behind the workshops and their assignments were of my own original design. I also gave weekly feedback to the students and moderated class discussions. When we were teaching our course at Les Recollets, California College of Art was also having a course there. For their final critique, I was invited to help and give feedback to the CCA students.

The Thaumatrope Workshop was a short introduction to one of the earliest and primitive form of animation. Thaumatropes use a flat disc with a different drawings on opposite sides. When spun quickly with two strings, it creates an illusion of a simple animation, or a combined picture. The students were assigned a different letter, which will later be combined to spell out “Paris in Motion.” 

The Photoshop Workshop taught students how to use the video timeline tool and create simple but interesting animated GIFs. It is a stepping stone to familiarize students with digital animation and introduce them to a variety of brushes and textures.

The term monoprint refers to the production of a single unique print. In this workshop, students animated signature buildings of Paris transforming into each other. Buildings included Louvre Museum, Palais Garnier, Sacré-Cœur, Arc de Triomphe, Gare De Paris-Est, Eiffel Tower, Centre Georges Pompidou, Notre Dame de Paris and Moulin Rouge. After they created their pencil drawings, they monoprinted each drawing to create the animation. 

For the Animated Faces Workshop, students animated their reactions to each building, space, or area that can be seen at their backgrounds in the videos. This workshop was inspired by Kim Noce.

For Paris in Motion, I created and designed a website: On this website each student has their own page and during the course they were required to upload their own projects along with their written paragraphs about their projects. After that, assignment critiques were made from the website.

My main goal for the course was to make students live, feel, smell, and touch Paris, and then make them create those sensations or ideas in animation. That’s why we visited so many museums and walked the city step by step. I taught students the basics of the animation and animation tools, and giving them experimental, loose projects so they learn to take risks, to try new things and be open to improvement.

The time I spent at Les Recollects was so special. Since I was living in the same building with my students, Jessica and Laurence and I all had really strong connections. At MICA, I only had a chance to do teaching assistantships, but in Paris, I was the one who taught the classes. It was a great chance for me to see my strengths and limitations, whether or not I enjoy teaching, and feel how I related with students. Learning is one of the products of teaching. It helps one to understand what s/he is teaching through synthesizing and paraphrasing one’s own words. But also, by teaching one can see all the different windows that are facing disparate scenes. A teacher’s mind continuously expands and adjusts to novelties and dissimilarities. Boundaries between the learners and the teachers could be almost invisible and I believe that I nearly achieved that in Paris thanks to Laurence Arcadias and my very talented special students.