Dylan Rush: Best in Show: Lucky Break?

Dylan Rush, 19, a Communication Design sophomore at Kutztown University won Best in Show Award at the 2012 Hazelton Art League Open Exhibition. He drew a series of line art portraits of Joe Paterno in January for his first assignment in Kevin McCloskey’s Illustration Techniques class. Dylan calls the work “Joe Pa.” You will noticeContinue reading “Dylan Rush: Best in Show: Lucky Break?”

5 questions about illustration for Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan is coming to Kutztown this weekend for the 2012 Children’s Literature Conference. Even if you can’t make the conference you might go to the KU bookstore to pick up his books at a discount. He is a prolific and popular illustrator. He writes as well. A piece of Matt’s original artwork from hisContinue reading “5 questions about illustration for Matt Phelan”

Wyatt Glennon’s art to hang in Museum of American Illustration

Wyatt Glennon’s illustration Egypt will hang on the walls of the Museum of American Illustration in NYC from May 9-June 2. This project was created in Prof. Denise Bosler’s Illustration I class. There will be a reception and awards presentation at the Society of Illustrators on May 18, free and open to the public, details here. The greatContinue reading “Wyatt Glennon’s art to hang in Museum of American Illustration”

He’s Got a Million of them –7 Great Designs by Greg Christman

Greg Christman is one of the most prolific illustrator/designers to come out of Kutztown’s C.D. Dept. His work is frequently seen on the hippest design blogs. He was recently featured in a spread in a new French design publication called the Book of Creation. I asked Greg to explain a few of his inventive imagesContinue reading “He’s Got a Million of them –7 Great Designs by Greg Christman”

Jennifer Nye Holiday Card

We didn’t get a lot of real holiday cards this year. The loveliest illustrated card came from Jennifer Nye. I tore the top edge off my card as I opened it. (I get impatient near Christmas.) I asked Jen to send me the digital file and give me permission to share her charming image. WordPress providesContinue reading “Jennifer Nye Holiday Card”

Hannah and her Comic Book

Hannah Stephey is a sophomore. She just published a remarkable comic book through Lulu.com. Lulu is a print on demand publisher. In other words, when someone orders a book, Lulu prints and ships a bookstore quality book or, for ebooks, sends a pdf file. Hannah’s comic book is called “I (Heart) Captain; A Paper SpaceContinue reading “Hannah and her Comic Book”


WORLD AIDS DAY December 1 is World AIDS Day. I knew AIDS before it had a name. In the 1980’s I lived in San Francisco in a household that included gay men. It was a time of palpable fear. Years later, when the scourge had a name, I lost a dear friend, a gifted photographer,Continue reading “AIDS day ART”

Kutztown’s Unofficial Thursday Night Dress Code.

I live on Main St. in Kutztown. The proximity to the college is a mixed blessing. I love walking to work, but sometimes it does get a bit crazy. Once I awoke to hear a young lady shrieking, “Somebody, Call the Police!” So I called 911. Minutes later, the cops arrived and that same drunkenContinue reading “Kutztown’s Unofficial Thursday Night Dress Code.”

Jonathan Bean, local children’s book illustrator makes good

Once upon a time, a young man named Jonathan Bean  stopped by KU’s beloved old Communication Design House. This must have been nearly a decade ago. He was a recent grad from Messiah College in central PA with a small portfolio and large ambitions. He was wondering about topping off his bachelor’s degree from MessiahContinue reading “Jonathan Bean, local children’s book illustrator makes good”

NY ComicCon guest blog by Ben Clifford

Ben Clifford, Communication Design student, was good enough write this report of his experience at New York ComiCon 2011. There are only three things you need to know about NYCC if you want to become a comic artist: go to the Industry panels, visit Artist Alley, and take a few copies of your portfolio withContinue reading “NY ComicCon guest blog by Ben Clifford”