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13 Illustration Graduates to Watch From the Maryland Institute School of Artwork — Colossal

13 Illustration Graduates to Watch From the Maryland Institute School of Artwork — Colossal

Birds intertwine with ribbons and vessels


April 24, 2023

Maryland Institute School of Artwork

Kefan Shi, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@langshiart), “Backyard” (2021)

Because the premiere visible storytelling kind, illustration on the Maryland Institute School of Artwork (MICA) is a really interdisciplinary observe utilizing experimentation, reflection, and perspective. Confronting topics of significance might be achieved with daring strokes or with a whisper, drawing the viewer nearer to a spot of understanding. By their envisioning the world of an creator, considering life, or delving into one’s gender identification, these younger illustrators are giving us a roadmap to the long run. They think about and construct worlds of truth, fantasy, and poetry that transcend the web page utilizing ink, ceramics, pixels, paper, fabric, graphite, time, and sequence.

The place these inspiring illustrators come from is as distinctive as their culminating work. With many having studied within the area, others emerge from animation, well being care, promoting, design, and social sciences. They bring about not solely their deep ardour for illustration as a observe however their consideration to the wants of society via artwork. Distinct in how they attain this objective, the one-year MA in Illustration and two-year MFA in Illustration Observe packages give present practitioners, or these new to the sphere, selections on advancing their inventive output.

Acknowledged nationally as a premier chief in artwork and design training, MICA is intentionally cultivating a brand new technology of artists—one that’s able to seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship, and artistic citizenship with up to date approaches to artwork, design, and media.

MICA is redefining the position of artists and designers as inventive, solutions-oriented makers, and thinkers who will drive social, cultural, and financial development for our future.

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Black-and-white flowers overlay a seatedbfigure with several eyes

Alejandro Aguilar Canela, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@alejandrocanela), “Flower” (2023)

A segment of a building opens to reveal people in rooms wiht a colorful season-like border

Nimo Jiang, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@nimooko), “Folding World: Agatha Christie” (2023)

Smaller figures appear like cupcakes and appear to emerge from a central teenage like character

Jodie Chiou, MA ’23 (Illustration) (@jiiezuo), “Ice Cream Teen” (2023)

A comet shoots through an apartment building

Dwayne Huang, MA ’23 (Illustration) (@dwaynehuang_), “The Doomsday” (2023)

SEveral characters go about their day surrounding a cut out of a teapot with words in the center

Yuanyuan Zhang, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@yuanyuanzhou_art), One unfold from the ebook, A narrative of Wedgwood: Bringing class to the day by day desk (2023)

A park scene in oranges and greens with people enjoying the day

Wet Zhang, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@rainyyyyz), “Fountain Plaza” (2023)

A figure's shadow is seen on a pond of lillies

Andromeda Xie, MA ’23 (Illustration) (@andromeda_x), “Waterlillies” (2023)

A figure is atop an abstract box of colorful lines

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Di Liang, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@di_liang_), Keyframe from animation “Minimize &” (2023)

People and a monster ride in a blue car against the backdrop of a city with the words "a night ride to the day"

Breeze Hu, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@breeze_hu_art), Cowl artwork from graphic novel, A Evening Experience to the Day (2023)

Two mirrored figures appear lost in thought surrounded by a messy room

Andrew Haener, MFA ’23 (Illustration Observe) (@andrewhaener), “Digital Quilt” (nonetheless) (2023)

A portrait of a man wearing a shirt that says "Black Art Matters"

Madalyn Drewno, MA ’23 (Illustration) (@madalyn.drewno), “Portrait of Eric Skinner” (2023)

Two portraits of people wearing patterned garments that blend together

Sissel Tan, MA ’23 (Illustration) (@sissel.tre), “Nautical Trend” (2023)



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