Last week I visited Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) to give a lecture on composition and color.
CCAD is one of the leading art schools for training illustrators, animators, painters, and sculptors. Clockwise from above left: a gallery of student work, character maquettes, Illustration chairman Stewart McKissick with a latex foam bear head, and one of the Pirate Bears made in 3-D teacher Mark Hazelrig’s class.
Mark Hazelrig teaches popular course in sculpting and casting. When we were there, students were molding soaps and designing the packages to fit them. In a back room, they were working on a giant model of a flea.
The campus buildings are scattered across a quiet section of downtown Columbus Ohio, right next to the art museum. A giant “ART” sign spans one road in the campus.
After my lecture, I did a demo portrait of Mr. McKissick. (Thanks for the photo, Chris!) Since it was Halloween, he agreed to let me turn him into a zombie.
On the official website, the school invites you to imagine everything "from superheroes to monsters and jokes to political statements." And that's what I love about the school: the mix of wild fun, high standards, and dedicated professionalism.
CCAD Illustration website
Coffee with CCAD illustration teacher C.F. Payne
My 2009 visit to CCAD