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In what appears to be an ideal combination at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center, the Stanton Gallery’s November-December exhibit, which runs into January, is: “Line and Tone: A Closer Look at the Creative Process of Illustration,” with works by Arapahoe Community College students who are learning the skills, while the Town Hall theater shows “Seussical,” directed by Bob Wells — the musical inspired by one of the most famous illustrators ever.
ACC’s Department of Multimedia, Graphic Design and Illustration, chaired by Tom DeMoulin, will show pieces by Cassandra Martinez, Christina Weed, Moises Fermin Pereira, Nick Frantz and Andrew Grulke through Jan. 8, 2018. A meet-the-artist reception is planned for Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. DeMoulin, who teaches Illustration I (MGD 207), was really helpful to the gallery organizers, Moira Casey and Karina Elrod — with added assistance from Photography Department Chair Angela Faris Belt.
We all are acquainted with Dr. Seuss’ quirky Cat in the Hat and his thoughtful elephant Horton and the Whos — and probably with Mayzie La Bird, who left her egg with Horton …
These students will show us how an illustrator might approach a project. Probably not one like these beloved books — perhaps no one can really approach a look into that very special brain, belonging to Theodor Seuss Geisel, whose “Cat in the Hat,” with its limited vocabulary, could be read by a beginning reader, yet still be interesting.
We meet future illustrators here and the course description says: “Addresses methods and techniques used in the profession of illustration for advertising, brochures, books and other forms of printed communications. Course concentrates on developing expertise in producing line and continuous tone black and white art with emphasis on design and the creation of art for reproduction.”
● Nick Frantz writes that his journey to Littleton and ACC began in Minnesota, followed by Florida where he and his future wife decided they wanted to be closer to an outdoor lifestyle. That led to marriage near Lake Tahoe and then to Colorado where little River Ann was born. He has done CAD work, vet tech work, managed fast food restaurants — none satisfying the need for creativity. Three semesters at ACC, with editing work for college documents, lead him closer: drawing characters and painting abstracts.
● Andrew Grulke, a Colorado native, grew up appreciating the wilderness and mountains — camping and snowboarding until he was struck by an illness that “rendered him legally blind and epilectic” and required a major lifestyle change. With adaptive technology, he was introduced to graphic design and “uses bright colors and simple shapes to convey the images in his memory as well as the images he now sees.”
● Cassandra Martinez is a digital artist who lives in Golden. She grew up in Lakewood, studied art and graphic design in Chicago and New Mexico and returned to continue her education in Colorado and Arapahoe Community College, as well as work as a digital artist at 211 Photography. Snakes, moons, mermaids, plant life and the female form are favorite subjects to portray in digital drawings, watercolor and photography. She “finds inspiration in exploring all ways of making marks and images.”
● Moises Fermin Pereira was born in Venezuela and has a degree from the Caracas Design Institute (2010). He worked in the advertising industry and as a storyboard artist for Publicis Venezuela. A filmmaking degree from New York Film Academy followed in 2011. He is also a black belt instructor at Kurusan Jiu Jitsu in Parker. In addition to studying at ACC, he is designing and developing online courses for the Allied Health Careers.
● Christina Weed, a Colorado native, is fascinated by animals and mythology. After a childhood brain injury, she was “enveloped with an enjoyment for drawing and being creative.” She progressed through many filled coloring books to filling sketchbooks, then discovered anime and a direction to a career in animation, self-teaching and accepting guidance from teachers. She finds the real world “a little too plain” and “strives to open others’ eyes to an entirely new world. To capture what only the imagination can see and guide the onlooker somewhere new.”
If you go
“Line and Tone: A Closer Look at the Creative Process of Illustration” will be in the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall, 2450 W. Main Street, Littleton, through Jan. 8, with a meet-the-artist reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during productions. (“Seussical” runs through Dec. 30.) 303-794-2787.
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