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…

Robert Blake Guest Speaker at Nossi College

About Robert Blake: After Art School, Robert made art for filmstrips (Listening Library). That’s how he learned to paint quickly. And newspapers (Daily Record, Observer Tribune). That’s how he learned about patterns of dark and light. And phonics sheets (Macmillan Ed.). Where he learned about characters. And textbooks (just about every publisher making them). He learned about creating art for odd shaped spaces. And Young Adult book covers, where he learned about rendering. Read more about Robert and view his creative work here.  Robert is a successful illustrator who will be talking with Nossi College of Art students about Book Publishing. All Nossi students are welcome to attend. 

Life Outside the Classroom: Books Published by Nossi Faculty

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

One of the unique aspects about Nossi is that we stack our faculty with instructors who are also professional artists. Aside from teaching students, Nossi’s accomplished instructors spend time cultivating their passion for creative expression. In fact, instructors at Nossi have received numerous accolades and awards for self-published books. Recognize the talent of Nossi’s faculty by paging through the following books in the library: A Place for Turtles is a children’s book illustrated by Barbara Higgins Bond. Readers will learn about the different kinds of turtles, their ecosystems and how people can help protect their environment. The Nossi Illustration instructor has illustrated close to 40 books throughout her career. Golden Days, by Nossi English and Literature instructor Judith Broadbent, is a collection of stories and poems from the South. Dr. Judy Klass’ Au Pair Girl is a novel about a teenage girl who spends a month as a nanny for a family at their summer vacation home. Dr. Klass also wrote Star Trek: The Cry of the Onlies for science fiction fans who learn how Captain Kirk deals with ghosts from his past to prevent a war. Dr. Klass teaches History of Western Civilization at Nossi. Dr. Byron Edwards, Nossi’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, wrote three fiction novels that can be found in the LRC. Lips explores the life of Elvis Presley while he is on the run from law enforcement with his “cousin.” Dawn tells the story of a couple who were separated for two decades before reuniting and marrying. Four teenage…

Student Spotlight: Mary Sullivan

WRITTEN BY: intern extraordinaire

Mary Sullivan, a successful and prolific illustrator, has cultivated a love for art that is fed by her natural curiosity. Mary’s unique artistic perspective embodies a confluence of interests, spanning the fields of philosophy, history and aesthetics. I had the opportunity to speak with Mary and learn more about her influences, work experience and plans for the future. The following are highlights from my interview with Mary. What led you to begin illustrating? What inspires you to create things? I started drawing when I was about 5, drew lots of horses, and over time I discovered you could be an artist and study it as an adult. I haven’t really wanted to do anything else since (other than figure skating and being an astronaut, but those never worked out). Up until I was 20, I didn’t really consider studying illustration or commercial arts. I love ideas in philosophy and aesthetics, and I think that has contributed to my desire to create what I think are beautiful things… maybe in hopes I can make the world better the more I perfect my craft. This desire for ideals and love of stories have combined to make me an illustrator. I loved art history and studying the Masters; but I realized I may not be cut out for just fine art as time went on. I am a perfectionist who loves creating characters and stories. I’ve always been a big reader, and I like to tell stories with my pictures in addition to drawing and painting. Once I realized this, I…

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