Friday, September 16, 2011

Illustrator Intensive with Jim Hoover, Art Director, Viking Children's Books

It has been 15 years since I've sat in a room full of artists and artwork and let the creative flow surround me during a critique. While the instructor paces back and forth, you frantically  take notes, and think "wow what a great idea, why didn't I think of that!?" At the end, each artist takes away the benefit of seeing, not only their own work with fresh eyes, but their colleagues as well. Jim Hoover's intensive Friday afternoon was a wonderful trip back to the heady days of art school. Two months ago Jim gave assignments to us to illustrate spreads from two different manuscripts. We corresponded over sketches and changes. Finally seven of us lined up our work for consumption. Two hours later we'd heard stories about crazy typeface lawsuits, discussed the importance of contrast and tone, laughed and learned. Jim is a wonderfully accessible critiquer. This intensive was truly a benefit to our small group and I hope it returns next year.

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