Ink drawing. In it a woman kneels with an open laptop and points out something on it to a groundhog seated before her.

This course will take place both in “real life” (IRL) and online, but mostly in-person. Much of our work can be done independently at any time (asynchronously), but we’ll gather together to watch demos or review our progress. Our designated course time is 12 – 1:30 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will have round-table discussions and talks from “visiting” artists scheduled during those times.

As with other studio courses, you are expected to do work “outside of class.” In this case, that might mean watching a demo tutorial video and doing the exercises it recommends before you get to the homework drawings or readings. Please plan to spend a minimum of 4 hours a week “outside of class” on this work. You can think of this format as modeling what it might be like to make work for an art director in another city, with whom you only communicate via email, zoom, and other digital platforms.

This course will run more like a seminar than a lower-level studio course. By that I mean that you will have assigned readings, videos, and work to do, but—especially after our first assignment—you will be expected to work largely independently. Class time will be reserved discussing work and giving feedback. For some of you, this will feel LIBERATING! Others of you may find you miss the additional contact and instruction. If you find yourself in the second camp: please reach out to me! I am available for individual feedback and guidance. Want to know how to do a particular Photoshop technique? Let me know and we can set up a meeting to work on it. Curious about using monotypes in your illustration? Again, contact me and we can work on it together, in person. As Deanna Donegan says, in an interview you’ll read later, “there is no such thing as over communication.”