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!


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

  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.

  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. :)

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

  5. 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!)

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

  6. 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.


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