Maps have long been the purview of the field of illustration, from imaginative maps illustrating fantastical journeys, to informative maps that guide tourists through their destinations. As an illustrator, I’ve had a long fascination with maps, illustrating maps of amusement parks as a kid, and also appreciating how illustrations of maps contribute to storytelling. The maps at the beginning of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings give necessary grounding to the complicated geographies of these tales. Similarly, the world maps used in games such as Risk and Diplomacy also provide a way of inserting us into the story…

In 2012, I sat down at the ChocoLaté Coffee Shop on North Decatur Road in Atlanta, newly christened a “professor” for the first time in my life and tasked with creating a real college-level curriculum for an Art Appreciation class. I was thrilled to be in this position, I felt extremely lucky to be in this position, and here I was with the creative freedom to write an entire class of my own. Maybe some of you remember being in this position and the sense of overwhelming responsibility you may have felt. I started by writing down a list of…

In light of the new presidential portrait unveiling, I started researching presidential portraits of the past. (I also may or may not have been stuck in bed all day with the flu and had a bit of time on my hands.) As a portrait artist who makes a living off of evaluating people’s art, I figured… let’s JUDGE THEM ALL!

(All images from The White House Historical Association.)

William Henry Harrison, by James Reid Lambdin

No. No no no. Where is his brain? Undersized skull. CLASSIC ERROR.


In 1882, Vincent van Gogh spoke of acclaimed illustrator Howard Pyle in a letter to his brother Theo: “Do you know an American magazine called Harper’s Monthly? There are wonderful sketches in it… But there are things in it which strike me dumb with admiration, including… sketches of a Quaker town in the olden days by Howard Pyle.”[1] Only 75 years later, in 1957, photographer Wright Morris captured a very different attitude of the fine art world towards illustration, bemoaning the work of illustrator Norman Rockwell. …

(Author’s Note: This paper was completed as my graduate thesis in March 2011 and the interviews were completed in 2010. The full interviews are attached at the end of the paper.)


This paper compares approaches to and philosophies of illustration pedagogy. The primary form of research is interviews with different illustration educators across the United States and Canada from a variety of higher learning institutions, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. Books written about illustration and art education supplement this research. Twenty-three illustration educators were asked ten to twelve questions, including inquiries into their personal education and illustration backgrounds…


Faces are one of the earliest recognizable symbols we create as children first teaching ourselves to draw and design. Children are so intrigued by what the facial expressions of their parents and mentors visually communicate, they habitually draw their first portraits over and over again, emphasizing faces over bodies and, especially, the eyes within these faces.[i]


We even use linguistic metaphors that demonstrate how we view faces and eyes as “containers for emotion,” such as “his face was full of fear” or “her eyes welled with sadness.”[ii] The communication young children receive from learning to read their caretakers’ facial…

In June of 2016, Karl Ahlrichs declared: “Communicating with millennials can be like learning a new language.” He continues, explaining that visuals are a critical portion of what fuels this communication, stating, “Visuals pack a greater punch than text and are more likely to draw attention.” Visual communication has become prevalent in our contemporary world, not just for millennials, but for any consumer of technology and the Internet. Visual communication has become so widespread in the Internet age that now we even supplement or replace written language through emoji, emoticons, stickers, or GIFs.


John Pollack writes in his book The Pun Also Rises that, “Critics and curmudgeons often deride the pun as the lowest form of humor. Others would counter that if that’s true, it would make punning the foundation of ALL humor.” While a verbal pun is defined as a humorous phrase that suggests two or more meanings by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, a visual pun suggests that a visual may have two or more meanings, in addition to or instead of language. Like verbal punning, visual punning also exists throughout the world, in cultures from…

I teach Art at Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Lawrenceville, GA, twenty miles outside of Atlanta. Today, I asked each of my sections at the beginning of class to vote on whether or not they would like to spend some time doing an exercise to reflect on the election or continue with the day’s regularly scheduled activities. Three of my classes overwhelmingly responded yes, they wanted to reflect, except for my first section of Drawing I, in which only one person voted that they wanted to participate, so we did not. I gave the students 20–25 minutes to write down…

At least once in your teaching career, you’ve probably walked into your classroom and seen a scene like one of these:

Photo Credits: (L-R) GETTY, Julian De Ocampo, Masterfile

Our students are distracted. There have been plenty of studies of the dangerous impact of distraction and its effect on everything from our driving to our work to our friends and family. In a study completed by Alessandro Acquisti and Eyal Peer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Computer Interaction lab, participants scored 20 percent lower on a standard cognition test when they are interrupted by technology. Another study by Larry Rosen, a professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills observed…

Catherine A. Moore

Illustrator : Assistant Professor of Art : ATLien @catamooreart

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