This semester, in Illustration Studio II, taught by Eric Fowler and Christina Hess, illustration students were assigned a project called the Community Challenge Project. Each student was charged with finding an online community challenge that focuses on illustrative problem solving and then create a piece that would
- fit into their portfolio and
- satisfy the requirements of the projects guidelines.
This project forces the students to put their work out there in public forums, and directs attention to the college as well. According to Christina Hess, it’s a great way to break the comfort zone of school and start finding ways to market one’s artwork.
One of the possible challenges involves a pair of websites, They Draw and Cook, where artists create an illustrative recipe of anything, and They Draw and Travel, where artists create an illustrative map of a location. These sites, run by Nate Padavick and Salli S. Swindell, a brother/sister design and illustration team, combined have over 412,000 followers. The sites offer their featured designers the opportunity to share their work to prospective buyers and employers.
PCA&D has a few students who already have illustrations accepted by these sites!
Peri Penrod, Greencastle, PA, Illustration, Class of 2018
Brieanne Trevorrow, Thurmont, MD, Illustration, Class of 2018
Marissa Gardenhour, York, PA, Illustration, Class of 2018
Austin Lord, Mechanicsburg, PA, Illustration, Class of 2018
For more about PCA&D's Illustration curriclum, visit http://pcad.edu/degree-programs/illustration/.