Calef Brown

Associate Professor
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Calef Brown
BFA, Art Center College of Design

Illustrator and children’s book author Calef Brown studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He is author and illustrator of a dozen books for children including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories (1998), a collection of story poems that won the Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award for Poetry; Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers: 14 More Stories (2000), a Parents’ Choice Recommended Winner; Tippintown: A Guided Tour (2003); Flamingos on the Roof: Poems and Paintings (2006), winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry and a 2007 Children’s Book Council Choice; Hallowilloween: Nefarious Silliness (2010), Boy Wonders (2011), Pirateria (2012) and most recently Hypnotize a Tiger(2015). Using engaging and nonsensical characters, Brown crafts narrative story-poems with accompanying paintings and drawings. In interviews, he has cited wordplay, dreams and the rhythms of music as inspirations.

A well-known illustrator, Brown carries a notebook for daily sketching and has illustrated the work of a variety of authors, including Daniel Pinkwater, Edward Lear and Jonah Winter. Brown’s illustrations have also appeared in Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time and Travel + Leisure. He has taught illustration at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the Maine College of Art in Portland and, most recently, Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC.

Courses

Fall 2024 Courses

ILLUS 2000-06 - VISUAL THINKING
Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 2000-06

VISUAL THINKING

Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: T | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Instructor(s): Calef Brown Location(s): Illustration Studies Building, Room 407 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Open

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Illustration is visual communication: meaning made visible. Visual thinking, the creative process by which all successful illustration is developed, constitutes the development of an articulate images through thorough, iterative exploration of ideas. This class emphasizes process over finish, idea over application and significance over style-exploring both ways of seeing and ways of showing. Coursework will encourage conceptual invention and application fundamental to an understanding of what the practice of illustration is and can be. The object of the course is to strengthen the students' inventive talents and interpretive skills - and thereby to augment their ability to articulate complex ideas with clarity, eloquence and power.

Majors are pre-registered for this course by the department. Preference is given to Sophomore Illustration Students.

Major Requirement | BFA Illustration

ILLUS 3052-01 - ANIMALIA
Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 3052-01

ANIMALIA

Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: TH | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Calef Brown Location(s): Illustration Studies Building, Room 413 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Animals have enjoyed a prominent place in art for as long as humans have been creating it, beginning with the caves in Lascaux. Along the way they have figured prominently in myths fables and allegories, fulfilling symbolic roles in a wealth of picture books, and appeared as frequent players in visual metaphors employed by editorial illustrators. This course will provide opportunities for students to work within a variety of illustration genres, finding their own approach to working with representations of animal life. There will be in-depth exploration of creature anthropomorphism and its uses- from social and political satire to its capabilities in a wide range of storytelling methods. From JJ Granville to Spiegelman's Maus, to children's book greats like Richard Scarry and Arthur Geisert, the human-animal/animal-human is an enduring motif that will continue to be reinvented and expanded upon. Students will have the ability to channel projects and assignments towards formats of their choosing - including painting and other gallery-based practices, children's publishing, artist books, comics and zines.

This course fulfills the Illustration Concepts Elective requirement for Illustration majors.

Elective

ILLUS 3638-01 - PICTURING SOUND: MUSIC + ILLUSTRATION
Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 3638-01

PICTURING SOUND: MUSIC + ILLUSTRATION

Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: F | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Calef Brown Location(s): Illustration Studies Building, Room 407 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Illustration, along with painting, printmaking and many other visual art practices, is continually intertwined with music. From illustrators collaborating on videos, packaging and promotion, to creating graphic novels and picture biographies of musicians and musical movements, the tradition of connecting the visual to the acoustic has a rich history. Music is often celebrated in larger and in a more tactile ways than on a screen-and we are seeing the enduring inventiveness of the gig poster, and even the 12 inch LP cover is still alive as a canvas. Projects in this class will explore promotional, interpretive, and investigative approaches as they relate to musicians, lyrics and titles, as well as parallels between music and visual art. Students will have the chance to interpret musical works in a number of ways, including through narrative approaches, using sculpture, animation and GIFs, and other less conventional means. There will be exploration of analogous aspects of music and visual art-sound and color, time based works, performative aspects and related ideas (e.g.: the movements of the hand while drawing/painting as analogous to playing an instrument). There will be some focus too, on genres and movements where music and art have close relationships, ie: psychedelia, pop and op art, comics and set design. Lectures and discussion will also be devoted to learning about artists who create both visual and musical work.

This course fulfills the Illustration Concepts Elective requirement for Illustration majors.

Elective

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Calef Brown
BFA, Art Center College of Design