A while back I was invited to the Savannah College of Art and Design by Julie Lieberman. She talked about doing a panel discussion with a few artists that would examine the current state of the illustration field and suggest to students possible future trajectories. I’ll be at SCAD April 14th along with Yuko Shimizu, Chris Sickels and Christoph Niemann .
She then spoke with Steve Brodner who said he was hosting something similar at the School of Visual Arts in New York on March 23rd.
We then discussed the idea of suggesting to other schools that they do the same (sort of a national conversation about illustration), a number of schools said yes…and Illustration Next was born. What we will be doing is creating a website http://www.illustrationnext.com where we will be uploading the actual panel discussions, from which students can learn.
We should be live soon, and I’ll make a more formal announcement.