Last 19th July, to complement the contents of the Illustrating Illustration Exhibition a workshop/talk took place in gallery no. 72 in Kilkenny. It was undertaken by curator and IGI member Alé Mercado. The idea was to explain further the principles of the exhibition by showing some illustration work from concept to final production.
The event was organised jointly by the Arts Office Kilkenny County Council and the IGI. It was promoted through the Artlinks! network as the main focus was to get South East professionals in the visual arts area who might be interested in Illustration. Attendants came from Dublin, Enniscorthy, Wexford and Cork as well as Kilkenny and they ranged from musicians to painters to film makers. Among the attendants was Karen Nolan from IGI.
The content of the talk were based on examining each step in the production of an image for a brief. Alé showed around five jobs which covered conceptual approach, concept presentation to customers, image development, full colour production and spot colour production of images. Alé’s own materials (from sketchbooks to bristol boards and a good bit of Painter, source Photoshop and Illustrator files…) were supporting the explanations as well as all the work hung in the walls from all the others illustrators who took part in the exhibition.
Illustrating Illustration exhibition closed its doors last Saturday 25th July, it was a great success both in terms of visitors and interest. Now it’s time to get it ready to reopen (bigger and better) in Spain in October this year.