Recently I had the pleasure of talking to a few of Violet Lemay’s students at SCAD about their portfolios and illustration in general. It was via video conferencing, which was a shame as I would have loved to have been there in person. Maybe next time!
I think they were probably surprised I wasn’t wearing a suit, but at least I had had a shave. This wasn’t the first time I had talked to students at SCAD. I did the same thing a couple years ago, but this time round I was a lot happier with the advice I gave. Maybe it has to do with being older or in the business for longer.
I’ve lectured a couple times in person in the past at different Universities, which can be quite scary as it’s often in a large lecture hall and more people turn up than you expect to. I do prefer to talk in smaller groups as you can generally turn it into a conversation instead of a lecture and people get to ask the questions they want answers to.
Well anyway… I enjoyed talking to the students at SCAD and it was great to see some many promising portfolios, which reminds me that I still owe them a couple reviews. I also got some great feedback from Violet about the talk, so much so that Violet and the students posted me and Jane a mug illustrated by Violet (see the pics above and below). It was a complete surprise when it arrived and it really made our day as it’s totally unique and was such a nice thought. A big thank you to Violet and all the students for taking the time to listen to me and for such an appropriate gift (we get through far too much coffee and this mug makes it taste even better)!
Time permitting I’m always happy to talk to students… Especially when we get a free mug!