February 25, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

Back in November when my staff and I went to the annual American Illustration/American Photography party in SoHo, NYC, I ran into my old friend Julie Lieberman. She is a terrific artist who for the past 20+ years has been on the faculty of The Savannah College of Art and Design. We were happy to see each other after ten years… caught up and gossiped.

She invited me to come down to Savannah in the new year to speak to the illustration students and to review their portfolios.  When I was there ten years ago I had a great time and recall how dedicated the students were. I told Julie that I would be happy to make the trip as long as I would be able to include one of my artists so we could do a tag team demo. I have found from past experience that for me it is best to show students the process that goes on vis-a-vis an agent and his artist. I suggested John Mattos, a great vector artist and a wonderful raconteur.

Apart from doing our stuff, we were taken on a whirlwind tour of Savannah, including a ghost tour and some fabulous meals. Savannah is truly a beautifully preserved city, charming, and to my surprise dominated by SCAD. It seemed like every other building housed one of the innumerable art departments. I also found out that they have campuses in Atlanta, Hong Kong, and France to accommodate their 10,000 students… can’t beat that.


Allan Drummond, the Chair of the Illustration Department, ensured that everything went off without a hitch. He has a passion for art and is just as passionate about his students. He is a very successful illustrator that specializes in picture books with a unique charm.

I was so impressed with the student body that I made an announcement for interns and I think as of today we had about 10 requests for internships at our office. That says something about the dedication of those students.

Enough said, let’s look at pictures. 

Richard and John.


John explains his process...

...and I explain mine.

Q and A.

The auditorium was filled with eager art students.

John reviews a student's work...

...and another's.

He gives helpful advice.

John and I relax between assignments.

Julie Lieberman and Allan Drummond.

Julie's painting of a ghost story.

She is also a sand sculptor. "Terrapin Towers".

 A sampling of Allan Drummond's work.

Props to my former intern and current SCAD student Jesse who put up with my crap and 
was a great tour guide and chauffeur. Couldn't have done it without her.

Farewell beautiful Savannah!

Here is a sampling of the leave-behinds that we were given by the students who's portfolios 
we reviewed. Thanks guys!

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