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I have a student, a senior, who has been going to town on the new Bamboo Wacom tablets I got through a grant for my classroom. She's really talented.

If I wanted to help guide her toward an illustration program for college - what advice would some of you have? Thanks!
#1 - September 24, 2013, 06:53 AM
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What do you mean, J Ro? Are you asking for recommendations to a specific program at a specific school, or more what to look for in a program? Is there anything she seems more interested in or skilled at doing? (I mean content here, not medium. Like children's illustration, or fantasy novel covers, or comic strips or graphic novels, etc)

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Her illustrations are these beautiful, painterly yet whimsical, drawings of girls and elephants. I'm just wondering about the types of illustration programs out there as I've only taught hs 3 years and she's the first to show a strong interest in graphic mediums.

#3 - September 24, 2013, 11:06 AM
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There are absolutely tons of programs out there, but the ones I know of are Photoshop (an industry standard albeit expensive), Easy Paint Tool Sai (I highly recommend Sai. It's fairly inexpensive and can save psd files, which are photoshop documents), Corel Painter, OpenCanvas (another fairly cheap one), Gimp (free), Manga Studio, ArtRage, and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.

I would also like to mention that some of Wacom's tablets do come with some drawing programs but they may not be up to par. If all else fails, tell your student to download some trials and just play around with the programs. They may seem a little daunting at first but there are loads of tutorials out there to help her figure things out.

PS If she likes the Bamboo (which they now call Intuos, and the Intuos is now Intuos Pro for confusion) , she'll love the Intuos Pro line. They are more expensive than the Bamboo line but they are wonderful and I've never regretted my purchase.
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Not sure if you meant software as Aru mentioned or actual classes. Frankly, the software is just a tool and each artist does find their own preferences as the mature in their craft. The industry standards are Photoshop and Painter, both pretty pricy.

As far as collegiate programs, I hesitate to recommend any because tuition costs have climbed so high, an art degree is hardly worth the price any more. In all my years as an illustrator only ONE employer cared that I had a degree and they only cared because they only promoted employees who carried an Ivy League degree. I didn't have one.

There are a TON of online courses and irl retreats, but most of them are geared toward a specific genre or another, so it would be hard to recommend something without knowing where your student's interest lie.

Some top notch ones are:
http://www.illustrationmasterclass.com/ (June at Amherst College)
http://www.tlcworkshops.com/p/home.html (Weekends throughout the year in Seattle)
http://www.noahbradley.com/artcamp/ (online new class forming for Nov.)
http://schoolofvisualstorytelling.bigcartel.com/ (online - specifically for kidlit)
http://www.smarterartschool.com/who1.html (online -throughout the year)
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