Illustration: The Creative Process

 Ilustration: Process image by Cliff Cramp

Illustration: The Creative Process : "Process Image" by Cliff Cramp, Professor and Program Coordinator, Illustration concentration, Department of Visual Arts, California State University, Fullerton.

Illustration: The Creative Process is on display January 28, 2013 through March 4, 2013, in the Atrium Gallery, First Floor, Library Atrium.

About the Curator

Hala Swearingen is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Department at CSUF.

About the Exhibit

How many sketches does it take to set a children's book cover design? What is involved in envisioning the art of the Star Wars DVD box set? What goes into crafting the photo-realistic illustration of a Harley for a magazine cover?

In the West Gallery of the CSUF Pollak Library, the exhibit, Illustration: The Creative Process, featuring six Cal State Fullerton illustration faculty, reveals the seldom seen: thumbnails, sketches, pictorial research, color studies, tools, and techniques that lead from budding visual concepts to final illustrations.  Published projects spanning 30 years in all of the major markets appear on display: advertising, editorial, game boards, consumer products, comics, and more.  Techniques range from traditional pencil roughs, brush inking, scratchboard, acrylics, oils, and watercolors, to Photoshop sketching, Illustrator vector design, and digital painting. Art students and the campus community will discover what their professors create when they step out of the classroom and into the studio.  

The exhibit includes Cliff Cramp 's world-known digital paintings for the entertainment industry (Star Wars, Plain White T's), Hala Swearingen 's exquisitely painted and majestic children's book illustrations, Chris Nielsen 's bold, yet painstakingly detailed magazine covers for the automotive industry, Dana Lamb's richly varied stylistic explorations for the character design of a shark, Larry Johnson 's meticulously rendered print ads and his dreamy article illustrations, and Christian Hill 's exhaustively researched visual universe for an upcoming historical graphic novel.

An opening reception will be held February 2, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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