If you live near Baltimore, Maryland, please come see my presentation "Imaginative Realism: Painting What Doesn't Exist" at Maryland Institute College of the Arts, 1300 W. Mt. Royal Ave, Main Building, Rm. 110, TONIGHT from 7:00-8:00.
Yesterday I visited University of the Arts in Philadelphia for the second time. The first time was in the winter of 2010, right on the eve of the historic snowstorm. I was delighted to return with all new lectures, and to meet a whole new group of students.
The head of the illustration program is illustrator and graphic designer, Mark Tocchet, who created the award-winning digital painting “Lover’s Pass,” above.
Here I am with Mark (and a reference skeleton) from the last visit.
Over the years, the school’s illustration program has been led by legendary instructors, such as Ben Eisenstadt (1906-1996) and Henry C. Pitz (1895-1976). The celebrated graduates have included Richard Amsel, Jerry Pinkney, and the Berenstains, creators of the Berenstain Bears.
The illustration program has been ranked among the top three in the nation by US News and World Report.
In between my lectures on color and composition, I did a twenty-minute portrait of Mark with water-soluble colored pencils, while he and the students watched the projected image on the screen.
Thanks, UArts, and keep up the great work.
University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Mark Tocchet's website