Thursday, July 22, 2010

Good Work Everyone

Hi Everyone:

I just wanted to post a final note on our blog telling you all how great it was for me to work with you over the last month. You all worked hard, and grew as artists. I was very happy to get to know each of you, and wish you the best of luck as you move forward. We hope this was a good experience for you, and that you had fun and learned something new. A special thanks to our terrific TARC's, they made it all possible and kept everything running smoothly.

Best wishes,


Monday, July 19, 2010

Nicolas Cage Watches You Sleep

So, comics revision: you can now choose to do your comics in black and white, black and white and one color, or full color if you are super awesome and super ambitious. The final size for each page of the spread is still 11x14in, and remember that border!!! Since this has been scaled back quite a bit we are expecting these to be pretty ballin, ie, let's end this class on a high note and show off what you've learned in the past three weeks. I know that studio time can sometimes seem to stretch on forever, but wouldn't you rather be working in class than working later when everyone else is getting freaky and you're stuck in your room finishing your homework? JUST SAYIN'. Oh, and sketchbook assignment is "backwards."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New York, New York!

Hi Everyone:
It was a great trip to NYC yesterday, you all were awesome as well as the great shepherding from our TARC's. It was very fun to hang out with the other illustration section as well and get to know some of those students better.
So we've reached our last week of class let's make it a good one. Lots of work to get in!



Friday, July 16, 2010



Make sure you have with you tomorrow:
- Money! Enough for museum fees, subway, lunch, dinner, and spending money at the comic book store!
- Comfy walking shoes! We're going to be walking quite a bit!
- A pillow! If you want to sleep on the bus! We're going to be watching the movie "The Fall" on the bus because it is beautiful and amazing, but you can bring your iPod and other fun bus activities as well!
- A good attitude! GET PUMPED!!!!!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Everyone Stare At Jordan and Don't Say Anything

Hey guys! Time for a new assignment! It will be due WEDNESDAY morning! It's your FINAL ASSIGNMENT! SERIOUS BUSINESS!

Your assignment is a TWO-PAGE COMIC (or equivalent amount of work for a series of narrative SEQUENTIAL IMAGES) in FULL COLOR based upon one of the songs listed below. You can choose any one of them to base your comic on. You can interpret the song in any way you choose, meaning you can base it in any time period, any fantasy world, using any characters, as long as it still FEELS like the song and you use some part of the song's lyrics to base your imagery off of. You don't have to reiterate the whole song, you can use just part of the lyrics. Each page should be 11x14" (or equivalent broken up for the sequential pieces). You may do more pages, but all the pages should be totally completed in full color and well-composed. Remember, this is a FINAL ASSIGNMENT.

Your songs include:

Seal - Kiss From a Rose

Uncle Earl- Willie Taylor

Arcade Fire- Wake Up

Flight of the Conchords- The Humans Are Dead


Monday, July 12, 2010

This Photo is Dedicated to Abby's Vocal Chords

Hey-o!! Hope you guys had a great time working in class today! Just a few brief notes:

A) Sketchbook assignment= ECHO (echoooechoooechooo)

B) at least FOUR thumbnails due tomorrow (Tuesday) for your young adult book cover, and TWO thumbnails for the inside spot. We will look over them and approve one of each for ROUGHS due Wednesday. (FInal versions are due on Monday)

C) CRAZY CRAZY PORTRAIT EXERCISE: have your serious portrait of a ridiculous inventor ready for Wednesday. We'll look at them with the roughs that are due the same day.

D) PIZZA PARTY!! Bring a few dollars so we can buy pizza for lunch!

E) The Main Building is actually the Chamber of Secrets. If you find the basilisk that turned all the people to stone then you win pre-college.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Road Trip!

Hi Everyone:

I hope you had a splendid day today at The Museum of Natural History, The National Portrait Gallery and The National Gallery of Art. Among the many treasures noted were The Hope Diamond, Gems, Minerals, Fossils, Dinosaurs; Works by Vermeer, Hopper, Homer, DaVinci, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Bellows, Miro, Calder, Warhol, Wyeth, and the list goes on! Not to mention the absolutely remarkable illustration show of the work of Norman Rockwell. I hope you all had a chance to see and appreciate many of these works. We'll be anxious to see your finals and sketchbooks on Monday as we begin the second half of our term. Thanks to our TARC's Abby and Jacqueline for their hard work and diligence in keeping us together and moving.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Trying to look like what he thinks is a cool person

Hey guys! I hope you had fun in class on Wednesday! Due on Monday is:
1) TIME cover!
2) TIME spot illustration
3) Sketchbook assignment on the word "speed"

The artist that Abby gave the talk on was Anette Marnat, and you can find her work here:

We'll see you on Saturday for our awesome DC TRIP WAHOO! Make sure you bring:
1) Monies for lunch and museum entrance fees (Probably around $25)
2) Sketchbook and pencil
4) Water bottle to stay hydrated!
5) Camera for memory-making!

And Ron? Ron loves Twizzlers.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Math

Hey guys! Today was a pretty work-heavy day, I hope you didn't wear yourselves out cause tonight we're going to have an AWESOME TIME in studio! Don't forget that tomorrow you have your Time magazine sketches done for both the cover illustration and the sidebar as well as your final pattern design and a drawing (with color) of the item you chose to use the pattern on.

The website of our lovely guest speaker today, Alyssa Nassner was:

and she suggested that you all look here for inspiration:

One more time, these are due tomorrow:
1) TIME Cover and Sidebar illustration final sketches
2) Pattern design
3) Item with pattern- color

Monday, July 5, 2010

Assignment #2 BP Oil Spill- TIME cover & spot

Primary Assignment#2:

TIME Magazine Cover: The BP Tragedy: Assessing the Health Effects of the Oil Spill. Your second primary project will be to create an image for the cover of TIME Magazine.

The printed size of the image will be 7.25”W x 9.75” H, Full Color

Roughs will be due on Wed July 7th, to be presented in your small groups; you will present three (3) distinct and different ideas.


You will supply an inside spot; in Black & White- 4 ½ w x 3 h.

This spot will feature the oil spill’s impact on some kind of wildlife. (Birds, fish, turtles, dolphins, etc.) I’m looking for a singular impactful image.

For Wed crits; you need to provide two (2) distinct ideas to your small group.

Final art on both pieces will be due on Monday, July 12th for a morning crit.

You will be provided articles that you are to use for the concepts. Please be sure to read the article and have the imagery and concepts reflect the spirit of the text.

Monday Sketchbook: FRAGILE

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Weekend Reminders

Hey everyone! Great job working in class today! Remember that your finals for the video game re-design are due Monday--outside cover and inside disc. Come to me or Abby anytime if you have questions about your piece. The sketchbook word is TALISMAN. Have a great weekend and we'll see you Monday!

ps if you want to see more of Jessica Hische or Heads of State, check out their websites:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wednesday 6/30

You all are impressing us with some great work, great ideas and terrific skills. Our first week of core class is about over...time will pass quickly so let's make the most out of every opportunity. For Wednesday:
The sketchbook word is "OPPOSITES". Remember you'll have the sketchbook of one of your peers so treat it with respect and care. If there's a bleed through from the previous sketch, skip a page and move to the next clean spread.

We had a brief look at the artists of the Brandywine School: Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Harvey Dunn, Dean Cornwall, Frank Schoonover- all brilliant illustrators and artists.

Wednesday morning we'll be looking at your roughs for the first assignment: The re-design of the Video Game of your choice and the re-design for the Game Disk. Remember that we'll be looking for more than one idea on the Game cover so have at least TWO strong distinct concepts ready.

Monday, June 28, 2010


This blog is for ALLAN COMPORT'S totally awesome MICA PRE-COLLEGE ILLUSTRATION CORE CLASS! If you are awesome, this is the place for you.

Your first assignments are:

1) "Hunger" sketchbook illustration: This drawing should fill the first two-page spread in your sketchbook, spanning BOTH pages. Remember, this sketchbook will get passed around to all your classmates, so make sure this is the only drawing in there and that your name is on the first page.
2) Video game cover and CD design: Decide on the game you want to illustrate for and come up with some ideas and loose sketches for tomorrow. You should have 3-4 different ideas and sketches to go with them for us to discuss. Roughs on the idea you pick from these sketches will be due Wednesday. The final piece will be due Monday.
3) Bring in supplies to work in flat colors on your tattoo idea tomorrow.

If any of you are curious, Andrea Kalfas, who gave us that amazing demo in class has her website here:

The Picture Book Report where her Tarzan illustrations are, as well as the work of tons of other great illustrators is here:

xoxo, gossip girl