Parsons Paris ~ School Of Art + Design

For the illustration student, Paris provides a rich, historical and contemporary tapestry from which to draw one’s inspiration. Moving in tandem with the great movements in art history, from the illuminated manuscripts, the great affichistes of the 1910’s, 20’s, and 30’s to les bandes dessinées and graphic novels, illustration has played and continues to play a dynamic role in European and world communication and graphic provocation. The works of Daumier, Doré, Cassandre, Topor, Sempé, Lagarrigue, Tardi, Loustal, Moebius, Benoit and JP Delhomme are part of the daily Parisian landscape. Students learn to solve current and topical conceptual illustration problems in a city that is a living textbook. The collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée de la Publicité, Bibliothèque Forney, Forum des Images, and the Centre Pompidou are part of this fabric.

Both traditional and digital technologies are explored thoroughly in this pursuit. Drawing on the wealth of Paris’ cinematic tradition, the student also learns to take the drawn image into space and time through work in 2D and 3D animation work. Straddling the past and future, fine arts and commerce, the illustrator will find this both a rewarding and unique experience.


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