Mikal Barker Wins Illustration Scholarship Award

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

When Barbara Palacios and Lluvia Agustin contacted Nossi College of Art and encouraged students and alumni to submit ideas for her upcoming children’s book series, Nossi College had just one response, “Challenge Accepted!” Lluvia is the founder and owner of The Agustin Agency, a global literary agency connecting authors with audiences around the world. “I’m a firm believer in supporting young people with these types of programs,” said Lluvia Agustin. “When you win something, big or small it boosts your self-esteem.” Agustin, who spent twenty years in the publishing industry before launching her own agency, said she is passionate about helping young people advance in their field. “It’s a way of giving back,” she said. With a $1,000 scholarship award on the line, Nossi College hand-selected seven commercial illustrators based on their previous experiences and portfolio of work. Each illustrator focused on bringing Palacios’ dragonfly characters to life. From pencil sketches to digital concept to inked comps, these illustrators used videos to pitch their ideas and concepts to the Agustin Team in hopes of earning the top prize The quality of Barker’s work stood out to Palacios, who said she was drawn to Barker’s use of color and his portrayal of the characters. “When I saw Mikal Barker’s art, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Palacios. “I thought, ‘Yes, that’s it. They will fit my stories.’” In addition to the scholarship, Barker’s art will be included in Palacios’ book proposal, providing him a unique opportunity to have his work…

Week 8, Day 36-40, 45 Days of Giving

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Welcome back to Week 8 of our 45 Days of Giving! We can’t believe there is just one more week to go!  Nossi College of Art is celebrating our 45th anniversary, and we decided to do 45 acts of creative kindness for local classrooms, non-profits, church groups. Nashville and the surrounding communities have been supportive of Nossi College and the impact we wanted to make on this area, so in return, we wanted to feature 45 acts of thankfulness. If you haven’t already, check out our previous blog for Week 7 to get all the action! Day 36: Community Care Fellowship Impressed with all the programs that East Nashville’s Community Care Fellowship provides its community, Steve LaSuer, an adjunct illustration instructor, decided to add some color to their preschool classroom. With the help of several illustration students, this painting team is creating a picturesque scene to brighten the building and the students inside. Flip through to see their process, sketches and their reference art.  Photos submitted IN 2017, CCF PROVIDED: 24,814 Lunches 3,847 Loads of Laundry 44,040 Hygiene Items 11,424 Breakfasts CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 12 Children – The Dare to Dream After School Program 6 High School Students – The Starfish Program 10 Summer Students – ASK – The Academy for Success in Kindergarten Program Like what you see here? YOU can help contribute to this numbers by volunteering your time or donating your dollars! We expect the final mural to be complete in the upcoming weeks and will share the final scene on Facebook. Day 37: Down…

Week 1, Day 1 – 5, 45 Days of Giving

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Written by: Sara Lamb Hey everyone, and welcome to the official blog with the inside details on our 45 Days of Giving! Below, see Days 1 – 5 to start off our big campaign!    In the fall of 2018, Nossi College of Art is celebrating our 45th anniversary, and we decided to do 45 acts of creative kindness for local classrooms, non-profits, church groups. Nashville and the surrounding communities have been supportive of Nossi College and the impact we wanted to make on this area, so in return, we wanted to feature 45 acts of thankfulness.  We have had help and donations from faculty, staff, students and local organizations like Plaza Artist Supply and Jerry’s Art-A-Rama – who helped stretch all dollars and supplies donated! If there is an organization we highlight that impacts you and your neighborhood, we encourage each reader to consider giving back to one of these 45 opportunities!   We are so excited to share the fun we had shopping, donating, creating and celebrating within the wonderful community that has supported us during our 45-year creative journey.   Day 1: Smart Supplies Monday, July 23, SmART! held a Teacher Supply Drive, where teachers could buy as many supplies as they could fit in their basket for just $25!   Nossi donated hundreds of composition notebooks, glue sticks and sharpies to help in their teacher drive effort and Nossi student, Quinn Bowersox, donated his time photographing all the action. Photos above and below by Quinn Bowersox…

Day in the life of Nossi Alum, Vickie Lee

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Written by : Sara Lamb For our second feature in the Nossi Alumni Series we’re highlighting an Illustration professional.     Meet Vickie Lee, a 2015 Illustration graduate. She’s the creator of a successful webcomic called DnDoggos. It’s about her 4 real life dogs playing Dungeons and Dragons!   So, here’s an inside look on what it’s like to be your own boss in a creative field!     What are the first tasks of your work day? The first task of the day is feeding the dogs so that they let me actually start work! I usually check emails and social media and try to keep up with comments and engagement with my fans, then it’s off to the drawing board! Well, it’s really just my laptop. Fridays are different, as that is the day I post my weekly comic. I start out the day by posting on several social media sites, and spend time replying to comments. Later I do a live art stream for my patrons on Patreon. What are the last tasks of your workday?  Final tasks for the work day are usually setting up documents so I have a good place to start the following day. Since I post a weekly comic, I try to maintain a buffer of a few finished comic pages so that if something comes up, like a sudden illness, I won’t have to be too stressed about finishing a page by Friday.   How did Nossi College prepare you for your…

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