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Above: MICA Graduates 2021 Illustration and Illustration Practice MFA 1. Laura Fajin Riveiro/ 2 Yifan Luo/ 3 Kyle Ellingson/ 4 Kristina Gauer/ 5-6 Jam Dong/ 7 Helena Wu


The MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) virtual graduate show 2021 is now underway. The show features the work of over 150 MFA and MA graduates from the college's diverse creative programmes. In this post we look at the work of the illustration and illustration practice graduates who are taking their first steps into industry.

Laura Fajin Riveiro Laura Fajin Riveiro



Laura Fajin Riveiro's The Zombie Tooth (Illustration Practice MFA) is a picture book about a young girl who one day notices one of her teeth is a different colour for the rest.  'The inspiration for this story originated on personal recollections from my childhood in Galicia, Spain, told through a light-hearted point of view and in a language which children can comprehend,' explains Riveiro.

Yifan Luo Yifan Luo



Yifan Luo (Illustration Practice) created a series of illustrated vignettes that document the daily struggles of individuals and small businesses during the global pandemic.  Luo writes: 'I am interested in preserving personal narratives of a specific place and time while evoking the collective spirit of shared experiences. My goal as an illustrator is to bring meaningful stories to life and make the world a more connected, empathetic, and sustainable place; while continuing to stay open to new perspectives, methods, and ways of thinking and making.'

Kyle Ellingson Kyle Ellingson



Kyle Ellingson (Illustration Practice) blends surrealism with comic book illustration, creating imagery that explores themes ranging from space travel to household technology, with amusing results.  Ellingson writes: 'I come to artmaking by way of writing short stories and poetry, and I approach each composition with a writerly eye for brevity, repetition, and character. I like the idea that art has rhythms and syntax that can be read—not left to right or right to left, but intuitively, in directions negotiated by the artist, the viewer, and time.'

Kristina Gauer Kristina Gauer



Bug Magic by Kristina Gauer (Illustration Practice) explores the beauty of the insect world. The project features 30 black and white illustrations of different insects accompanied by text about the specimen and complimentary poetry. Jam Dong's (Illustration Practice) Star Collector illustrated book features digital and coloured pencil drawings that explores our connection to the stars.

Jacqueline Kumer

Jacqueline Kumer's (Illustration Practice) Comication is a collaborative drawing project for art educators to use in classroom environments. 'Comication is a collaborative drawing method that utilizes traditional comic format to initiate associative thinking and visual communication. The combination of involving game dynamic with team-based drawing stimulates imagination and enhances creativity,' explains Kumer.

Helena Wu's (Illustration) project consists of four comics that explore life during the global COVID-19 pandemic. 'I wanted to showcase storytelling without words,' writes Wu. 'As someone who used to go outside regularly to hike, rock climb, camp, and nap by the water, the feeling of being stuck indoors was difficult to deal with. My apartment rarely had direct sunlight, and I could feel my once-toned body withering away, because I'm pretty lazy about working out at home if it's not... "fun". Finding ways to compromise on what I could no longer do was often impromptu, and more exciting than I had expected!'

To see all the MICA Graduates 2021 click here.

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Above: MICA Graduates 2021 Illustration and Illustration Practice MFA 1. Laura Fajin Riveiro/ 2 Yifan Luo/ 3 Kyle Ellingson/ 4 Kristina Gauer/ 5-6 Jam Dong/ 7 Helena Wu


The MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) virtual graduate show 2021 is now underway. The show features the work of over 150 MFA and MA graduates from the college's diverse creative programmes. In this post we look at the work of the illustration and illustration practice graduates who are taking their first steps into industry.

Laura Fajin Riveiro Laura Fajin Riveiro



Laura Fajin Riveiro's The Zombie Tooth (Illustration Practice MFA) is a picture book about a young girl who one day notices one of her teeth is a different colour for the rest.  'The inspiration for this story originated on personal recollections from my childhood in Galicia, Spain, told through a light-hearted point of view and in a language which children can comprehend,' explains Riveiro.

Yifan Luo Yifan Luo



Yifan Luo (Illustration Practice) created a series of illustrated vignettes that document the daily struggles of individuals and small businesses during the global pandemic.  Luo writes: 'I am interested in preserving personal narratives of a specific place and time while evoking the collective spirit of shared experiences. My goal as an illustrator is to bring meaningful stories to life and make the world a more connected, empathetic, and sustainable place; while continuing to stay open to new perspectives, methods, and ways of thinking and making.'

Kyle Ellingson Kyle Ellingson



Kyle Ellingson (Illustration Practice) blends surrealism with comic book illustration, creating imagery that explores themes ranging from space travel to household technology, with amusing results.  Ellingson writes: 'I come to artmaking by way of writing short stories and poetry, and I approach each composition with a writerly eye for brevity, repetition, and character. I like the idea that art has rhythms and syntax that can be read—not left to right or right to left, but intuitively, in directions negotiated by the artist, the viewer, and time.'

Kristina Gauer Kristina Gauer



Bug Magic by Kristina Gauer (Illustration Practice) explores the beauty of the insect world. The project features 30 black and white illustrations of different insects accompanied by text about the specimen and complimentary poetry. Jam Dong's (Illustration Practice) Star Collector illustrated book features digital and coloured pencil drawings that explores our connection to the stars.

Jacqueline Kumer

Jacqueline Kumer's (Illustration Practice) Comication is a collaborative drawing project for art educators to use in classroom environments. 'Comication is a collaborative drawing method that utilizes traditional comic format to initiate associative thinking and visual communication. The combination of involving game dynamic with team-based drawing stimulates imagination and enhances creativity,' explains Kumer.

Helena Wu's (Illustration) project consists of four comics that explore life during the global COVID-19 pandemic. 'I wanted to showcase storytelling without words,' writes Wu. 'As someone who used to go outside regularly to hike, rock climb, camp, and nap by the water, the feeling of being stuck indoors was difficult to deal with. My apartment rarely had direct sunlight, and I could feel my once-toned body withering away, because I'm pretty lazy about working out at home if it's not... "fun". Finding ways to compromise on what I could no longer do was often impromptu, and more exciting than I had expected!'

To see all the MICA Graduates 2021 click here.

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