MECA Boston swing

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Illustration, Maine College of Art | 0 comments

Once again Maine College of Art illustration seniors visited CloudKid in Boston, an award-winning studio specializing in children’s media.

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Founder and Creative Director Dave Schlafman gave an entertaining presentation on his formative obsessions and artistic development.

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An enthusiasm for pop culture, toys, and games drives their work, and they often declare Story Jams to brainstorm ideas. Characters begin on paper, quickly fleshed out in a sketchbook, before taking a long path to the final version. Dave offered priceless advice to eager students: upon getting out of art school as an illustrator, don’t limit yourself, be ready to do storyboarding, try animation, take on anything; on getting started (show your work!), how to behave in the field (be a nice guy), and keep drawing like crazy, don’t fall out of practice! He introduced his team, all working amidst sweet collections.

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CloudKid enjoys a splendid view of Boston, where we headed next.

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At the ICA, we marveled at Nick Cave’s Soundsuits. Seeing is believing.

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All the current shows shared a spellbinding physicality.  A World of Glass by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, merged an unsettling combination of tinkling sound, luminous sculpture, and disturbing claymation.

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In Eleanor Antin’s “Selves” illustrative pieces stood in the Eleanor Nightingale narrative, in which she nursed soldiers in the Crimean War.

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In Expanding the Field of Painting, this work by Summer Wheat gives new meaning to the idea of face paint.

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For illustrators, the most fun can be found in the gallery shop.

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I spied a mobile that reminded me of CloudKid’s Negative Nimbus. Forecast: rain!

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We left with our eyeballs full.

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Thanks to Marty Braun for driving, and to CloudKid and the ICA for one swell Boston swing!

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