Sunday, March 18, 2012

I Got To Speak At Ringling !


Wow! What a week! I was asked to speak and jury the student show at Ringling College of Design by Octavio Perez (Illustration Faculty) -an amazing artist. It was a very flattering experience and rewarding to be able to visit an institution committed to excellence in teaching students good design and art fundamentals.


They have a really nice campus in a resort area - I don't know how they manage to get their work done with so many distractions available.


I spoke about the necessity to become indispensable and to open their minds to new possibilities in the creation of their own digital properties.


A group of illustrators hung around after to chat - one of them had me sign 1313 Dead End Drive - the Hasbro board game I illustrated years ago - first time I ever signed it!


They told me there were over 2000 entries in the student show - crazy! My job was to whittle it down to about 60-80 pieces - not an easy task - there were so many really good pieces.


Here are a few of the pieces that made the cut.


Bonus! My sister has a house in Sarasota and I met up with her and her husband for some wonderful dinners and even had a chance to hit the #1 beach in the US - Siesta Key!


And this is what I flew home to yesterday!

11 comments:

  1. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it. Right Will?

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  2. The photo of the pieces that made the cut has some really interesting artwork. Seems like there will be some very promising illustrators entering the market in the near future.

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  3. Congrats Will! That is an honor. It looks like it was a great trip. I do not envy you having to whittle down those illustrations though. :)

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  4. Awesome college my daughter wants to go there, very expensive!

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  5. Wow, Lots of very nice work.

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  6. Ahhh!!!! You visited my alma mater! The campus was made richer for your tutelage! ( I need to get back and visit there myself soon. The campus is completely different now!)

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    1. That's really cool - I loved the energy there!

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  7. The first time I heard about Ringling College was when I was given the link to their 2011 commencement speech by JC Herz. It spoke to me directly as a creative and was one of the most inspiring speeches I've ever heard. https://www.ringling.edu/campus-student-life/student-life/commencement/speaker/

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    1. Oh - I'll have to check it out - thanks!

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