a short Long studio visit

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in drawing, Illustration, Maine College of Art | 0 comments

I love visiting illustrators’ studios. After the frenzy of the Holiday Sale and the magic of Willow the Wonder Pony, I marched my class down to visit MECA alum Liz Long in her studio. Not that long ago she was working in the MECA Illustration studios, when she created a whimsical body of work for her thesis last spring.

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Remember this dreamy installation at Longfellow Books?

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Liz and her classmates visited my studio before graduation, and I found this portrait of me that Liz left behind.

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I drew a portrait of her for my Portland zine, which I brought to ICON8, held in Portland, OR this summer.

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Liz applied for an entrepreneurial grant from Maine College of Art’s Artists @ Work program, and won a seat at ICON8. Here she is brainstorming in a clever workshop on publishing given by Bridget Watson-Payne, art editor at Chronicle Books.

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Upon return from that fantastic spree of illo immersion, I drew Liz into my PDX zine

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This fall Liz painted a mural in the new Artists @ Work shop area, just in time for the Collect show.

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My class piled into her studio on a drizzly December day.

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She’s working on all manner of things: sewing little balsam pillows and painting on found art, inspired by Wayne White.

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You can also find her prints at The Portland Trading Company. Just ask Kazeem.

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Her words of wisdom for my students: draw something every day! Hear, hear! That goes for all of us. Thanks to Liz for sharing her new studio with my class.

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