October 21, 2013

Last week I had a whirlwind visit to my alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design. I try to get back as often as possible, but it had been four years since I last made it out there. I love wandering around the old stomping grounds and seeing how things have changed, like visiting the incredible new library (pictured above), which was a bank when I was a student. Providence is a lovely little city, and it just seems to get nicer every year.

I did a few hours of portfolio reviews, and as always, meeting the students and seeing their work is a humbling experience. The generations of artists succeeding Mike and me are so sophisticated and savvy, it’s incredible! Thanks to everyone for their patience through my LONG lecture, a self-indulgent trip down memory lane that was an attempt to map my journey from RISD to Avatar & Korra. I’ve given talks a handful of times throughout the years, but the enthusiasm seems to have reached a fever pitch at this point, I suppose since the kids in college now were 10-14 years-old when they started watching Avatar. It was bonkers, but really fun.

Thanks to Fritz Drury, Robert Brinkerhoff, and the Illustration Department for having me, and to all of the incredibly passionate and generous students, and all the people who came from near and far to attend the lecture. I hope to be back again soon before another four years zip by.

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