For my final project I plan to interview a couple of illustrators from around Milwaukee. I want to interview them on the subject of how living in Milwaukee affects an illustrator’s work and how they think living in a different city might be different. I figured I could interview some of the Illustration professors at MIAD that are also professional illustrators. So far I have written out my interview questions and have contacted some of the people I wish to interview.
When you were in my shoes did you think that you would be in Milwaukee as an illustrator?
How does living in Milwaukee affect your illustration work?
Are you from Milwaukee or Wisconsin?
What kind of work have you done?
What kind of work do you enjoy doing the most?
Can you describe the journey of your career for me?
Where did you go to school?
Which Neighborhood in Milwaukee do you like the most and which do you live in?
What was your degree in?
It was interesting to hear the perspective of Todd Mrozinski in class the other day. Since he is both an artist and a writer it gives more perspective to the ongoing project of writing this article. I enjoyed seeing his art work along with hearing about what he's written. The most helpful advice he gave us was in respect of going about an interview. This is something that I was a little concerned about with this project since I have not conducted an interview before and I have definitely not conducted an interview with someone who I may admire or respect greatly. Todd’s advice and insight was greatly appreciated in that respect. It was also interesting to hear about his residency. Even Though this may not directly relate to the coming project it was interesting to hear about what he's done and how that affected both his career as an artist and as a writer. I thought it was also interesting how Todd explained that his writing and art went hand in hand and how his writing opened up new possibilities and opportunity in his art practice. How his writing opened him up to new galleries and in doing so opened him up to new patrons. How his writing also inspire new artwork and directions within his work. I hope that I can do something similar in respects to this project.
As of right now my ideas are a little all over the place. I think the best idea I have at the moment is along the lines of doing something such as interviewing an artist I already know or an alumni. I would also love to explore some of the businesses or artists that live in Milwaukee. Finding something that related to my major. In past classes I've had to do something fine arts related and I would really love to use this opportunity to explore the profession I plan to be apart of. This will also help me to explore the illustration community of Milwaukee and make connections. I will do more research on this idea to further grasp what kind of work I would have to do.
My other possible idea is to explore the workings of the art museum in a more student sided viewpoint. Through my years at MIAD i’ve met alumni, teachers, and other students that have worked at the art museum. It may be interesting to interview them along with other MIAD students to see a new perspective on the Museum. However this being said it's a lot more fine art related than I hoped to do and I would like to explore my options in the design community before pursuing this idea.
Emma Daisy- Milwaukee WI
Emma Daisy is a local Milwaukee illustrator, designer, and artist known for her mural in Black Cat alley and for her work in the popular Korean restaurant Merge. Her work includes playful childlike imagery inspired by her background in fashion design, community arts, and cultural development.
Emma Daisy’s website is well organized and show the playful style of her work, her design background, along with her interests in community art and her exploration of her Korean heritage. The highlighted pages of Daisy’s website include simply her work, press and contact information. The first thing you see on her website is her highlighted work including the murals in Black Cat Alley and Merge. Giving the viewer a taste of what her artwork is about right away with big images of each work. The rest of the website shows you what she is about and her work throughout the community.
Emma Daisy does a good job of representing herself and her artistic practice through her website. The website is consistent while at the same time showing the wide breadth of her work. Her website is easy to access and navigate allowing us to understand who she is as a person and as an artist.
Phoebe Wahl is an award winning illustrator and artist based out of the north west she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. Her illustration revolve around themes of warmth and comfort. Her style tends to have a very vintage inspired and handmade look.
Her content includes both fun childish themes along with more heavy political ideas. Her website reflects her style and the different content that she produces well. The introductory page shows a simple drawing of her along with a hand rendered type for the title this is a theme on each of the pages introducing each in a fun and stylish way. The different categories on her pages separates the different content and items she produces helping to find the different works.
I think that Phoebe Wahl does a great job of keeping the consistency of her brand and style with the work she produces. Her website can be easily viewed and easy to navigate. With every page you can find what this artist is about and what kind of work she produces.
The articles that I researched all seem to have aspects of interest and excitement. Often the arts whether performing or visual can get tiresome to read about. I don't know what is about heavier art articles and art history analyses but they can seem terribly long. However the articles I research added a review of the event or artwork in a way that made it exciting and inviting. This may be due to a selling factor in order to get people to come to the event in the future or to capture the attention of the reader.
I tried to collect a variety of articles in both visual and performing arts. Some are reviews while others are more general news involving the arts.
My name is Annika Ball and I am an illustration major at MIAD. I am mostly based in digital as well as traditional arts. My digitized art is highly stylized and colorful focusing on positive and happy themes. My traditional art varies in style and color choices with my primary media being acrylic on wood. My traditional art generally revolve around themes of nature. I do not consider myself to be much of a writer and I only write when I have to.