Illustration

Quick Takes: Illustration - Ely

Quick Takes: Illustration - Ely

An inside look at the Illustration program's Ely senior thesis exhibition.
Portrait of Kim Jong-un

Portrait of Kim Jong-un

Digital work by Alex Bond BFA '13 (Illustration); 2013 Society of Illustrators Annual Student Exhibition
American Metropolis

American Metropolis

Editorial illustration by John Brickley '15 (Illustration), digital; 2013 Society of Illustrators Annual Student Exhibition
Academy of Natural Sciences Poster

Academy of Natural Sciences Poster

Acrylic work by Grace O’Neill BFA '13 (Illustration); First Prize: 2013 William H. Ely Illustration Exhibition
Night on the Fly

Night on the Fly

Children's book illustration by Rita Carroll BFA '13 (Illustration); acrylic & ink; Second Prize: 2013 William H. Ely Illustration Exhibition
NightShade

NightShade

Poison Tea poster by Sam Schechter '13 (Illustration); digital
The Rats of NIMH

The Rats of NIMH

Digital graphic novel by Heather Vaughan BFA '13 (Illustration); watercolor & ink
William H. Ely Illustration Exhibition Poster

William H. Ely Illustration Exhibition Poster

Digital poster design and illustration by Andy Hood BFA '12 (Illustration)
Concept Art

Concept Art

Digital video game character design by Crystal Ben BFA '12 (Illustration)
Farmer Editorial

Farmer Editorial

Digital work by Ellen Duda BFA '12 (Illustration)
Theater Festival Poster

Theater Festival Poster

Digital work by John Thomas BFA '12 (Illustration)
Children's Book Cover

Children's Book Cover

Oil on board by Rosemaria Kalogerakis BFA '12 (Illustration)

Illustration is a unique art form that is defined not by its medium, but by its context. Illustration finds its home in the public sphere of popular media. With a rich history and a modern, contemporary outlook, illustration brings life to concepts and stories through image-making. Whether created digitally or by hand, an illustration can be both a masterful work of art and a practical business application.

Illustrators marry their ability to create visually striking images with their ability to solve problems in unique and engaging ways. Illustrators create images for a variety of outlets that include children’s books, advertising campaigns, clothing, packaging and store displays, video games, movies, animations, and comic books. Illustrators are art directors, graphic, package and web designers, computer game developers, character designers, digital artists, animators, exhibit designers, and storyboard, concept and studio artists.

Professional experience and small classes with award-winning faculty
Students work closely with successful, award-winning illustration industry professionals – including the illustrator of more than 35 Time magazine covers and the recipient of the Hamilton King Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators.

Our students learn to master a full spectrum of drawing and painting techniques as well as digital, graphic design and three-dimensional processes. They have the opportunity to have their work professionally printed and exhibited throughout the program, learning professional techniques and developing a fresh, personal and marketable portfolio. The University's Richard C. von Hess Illustration Gallery brings the best contemporary illustrators and their work to campus for exhibitions, lectures and workshops.

Who are UArts Illustration alumni?
Our Illustration alumni are a who's who of notable contemporary illustrators. Our grads include world-renowned children’s book illustrators Stan, Jan and Michael Berenstain, the creators of the Berenstain Bear series, and Jerry Pinkney, recipient of the Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book, five Caldecott honors and five Coretta Scott King Awards. Richard Amsel, who created the iconic "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie poster, is also a graduate.

UArts Illustration graduates have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and How, Print and 3x3 magazines. The works of our alumni are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brandywine River Museum, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Two Illustration graduates have been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

Where do Illustration alumni work?

Institutional, Entertainment and Other Markets
American Airlines Hallmark NPR
Bruno Magli Hasbro PBS
Cartoon Network Major League Baseball Seaworld
Fisher Price Martha Stewart 20th Century Fox
Disney Mattel US Postal Service
Dreamworks MTV Wizards of the Coast
ESPN NASA World of Warcraft
  Nickelodeon  
Book Publishing    
Harper-Collins Macmillan Reader's Digest
Houghton Mifflen Harcourt Marvel Comics Scholastic
Knopf Penguin Publishing Simon and Schuster
Little Brown Random House  
     
Magazines    
Cosmopolitan The Atlantic The New Yorker
Esquire The Boston Globe The New York Times
Playboy The Chicago Tribune The Wall Street Journal
National Geographic The Los Angeles Times The Washington Post
Oprah Newsweek Time
    Village Voice