On November 7th, the Illustration Department was proud to host Adam Gustavson as our guest speaker and demonstrator for the day. Adam began the day speaking about his life as a Children’s book illustrator (Simon and Schuster) and his gravitation to mural and gallery work. His publications vary from fictional tales to non fiction historical illustration. Some of his books illustrate the life of the Beatles before their fame as well as the rambunctious life of Alice Roosevelt. He also described his ability to bounce back and forth between oils and gouache and his love for creating fun small sketches that he features on social media under the hashtag #fereltown.
After a Q&A with the students he enjoyed pizza with the class then immediately dove into painting! He brought in a sketch he did for inktober and began to demonstrate his gouache process step by step. Meanwhile he told stories to the class about his life as an artist, husband, father and teacher. It was an invaluable experience and the students absorbed every bit of information. We even had some seniors come and sit in during the demo. It was a good time had by all. Thanks to Adam for giving his day to our PCA&D class and allowing us to pick his brain and gain insight into his methods!
Christina Hess is Chair of the Illustration Department and a practicing professional illustrator. She has won awards and admittance into annuals and competitions including: Imagine FX Magazine Artist of the Month; Phillustration 4 Best of Show; Spectrum 18,19 & 20; Exotique 7; Silver Award for Self Promo category in the Society of Illustrators 50 LA; Expose 10 & 11; 3×3 Magazine’s Children’s Book Annual and 3×3 Magazine’s Pro Show. In addition, Hess’s “Animals from History” series was funded by 123 backers on kickstarter.com and was featured on CBS.com, Juxtapose Magazine, io9.com, ModernMet.com and Jezebel Magazine. In addition she recently was published in Women of Wonder as one of several award winning women artists in illustration. In July, She was the guest of honor at Armadillocon, an annual literary conference in Austin, TX, featuring science fiction and fantasy. http://www.christinahess.com/