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Posted by Nicole Duquette on Apr 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Concept Artistry Sound Complicated? Let's Take a Look!

Concept artistry, often referred to as concept design or illustration, conveys a visual representation of a design or idea before it's put into the final product, or rather, before it exists. In other words, the goal is to convey overall design vision rather than define everything in exact terms. So, why is concept artistry necessary?

We live in a world where there are infinite possibilities and infinite possibilities can also bring infinite opportunities for errors. Concept art is key to focusing that one artistic vision and making sure all kinks are ironed out before they can become problems down the line. It is a concept artist's duty to quickly explore ideas, communicate those ideas effectively as possible, and tell a store that brings characters to life. Sound like something you may want to pursue? Read on to find out if there's a career in concept art or illustration in your future.

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Posted by Bob Hochgertel on Apr 27, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Painter and printmaker, Jasper Johns, is best known for his paintings of maps, flags and targets that lead the artistic community from Abstract Expressionism into a new emphasis on concrete objects. He laid the groundwork for both Pop Art and Minimalism and his work influenced nearly every artistic movement from the 1950s to present day.

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Posted by Eric Weeks on Apr 24, 2015 2:38:00 PM

Once a month, students at Kyungil University (KUI) in Daegu, South Korea, and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are asked an open-ended question that students at both institutions will then answer through photographs.

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Posted by Bob Hochgertel on Apr 20, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Delightfully weird, whimsical, dark, macabre; words that describe Edward Gorey. One of the most puzzling and extraordinary illustrators of the past century, Gorey has written more than 90 books, illustrated over 60 others, designed sets and won a Tony Award for the Broadway show Dracula. His first book, The Unstrung Harp, was published in 1953. The book is dark and comical, just as is every book that followed.

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Posted by Eric Weeks on Apr 18, 2015 8:50:00 AM

In a September 2006 issue of the Village Voice, art critic Jerry Saltz contemplated the enormity of the art scene in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea, in an article  
http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-09-26/art/the-art-world-jungle/. Over three hundred gallery shows were slated to open the fall season.
 

 

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Posted by Ashley Obenstine on Apr 17, 2015 4:21:00 PM

Every Monday, on the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design blog, a different profile of an artist is posted. These are taken from a classroom project where the illustrations and fine art students create “Artist Trading Cards,” first researching the facts about and the style of a selected artist, then making a trading card that captures the spirit of the artist. Three PCA&D sophomore illustration majors, Abigail Bonett, Ariana Pluchinsky and Ashley Obenstine, haven taken us through their Art Card Projects in this and previous blogs.

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Posted by Bob Hochgertel on Apr 15, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Think you’ve got what it takes to design the next Game of the Year? Art & design schools are developing more and more classes for students with a passion for video game design. And as the entertainment medium rises, so do mainstream courses and curriculums that focus on game art, direction and design.

Game developers have brought us some truly groundbreaking experiences over the years, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to The Last of Us. But would you believe there’s only 15 years separating these two Game-of-the-Year recipients? The success of these games, of course, is due in part to the technological advancements we’ve made in recent years. Even though we have come a long way, there is an infinite sea of possibility yet to explore.

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Posted by Bob Hochgertel on Apr 13, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Leo and Diane Dillon are among the most skilled and versatile illustrators in the United States. The husband-and-wife team are most known for their wonderful contribution to children’s story books, such as Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Their work can also be characterized by stylistic diversity, with influences over African folk art, Japanese woodcuts, old-master paintings, and medieval illumination.

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Posted by Ariana Pluchinsky on Apr 10, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Every Monday, on the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design blog, a different profile of an artist character sketch is posted. These are taken from a classroom project where the illustrations and fine art students create “Artist Trading Card,” first researching the facts about and the style of a selected artist, then making a trading card that captures the spirit of the artist. Three PCA&D sophomore illustration majors, Abigail Bonett, Ariana Pluchinsky and Ashley Obenstine, are taking us through their Art Card Projects in this blog series.

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Topics: Artist Spotlight, Art Student

Posted by Pamela Richardson on Apr 9, 2015 10:30:00 AM

College is an important investment and begs the question, “Am I going to get a job after college?” And more importantly, “What careers are open to someone with an art degree?” You may be unsure what jobs are out there for a recent graduate with an art degree, but you know one thing for certain: you want to pursue a career in the arts and you are considering art school as the next step in making that happen. That’s great! This essential curiosity, challenged and developed in pursuit of a degree in the arts, promises a lifetime of discovery that will enable you to think creatively about anything you choose to engage in. But, you are justified in thinking, “Does that really lead to a job?” and “What careers in art are out there for me?”

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