Student Work #003 – Book Covers with Christopher Barzak

Students in my Spring 2016 sections of Electronic Media & Culture at MICA were treated to a special project to conclude our section on vector illustration.

Christopher Barzak, Crawford Award-winning YA author and Professor of Creative Writing at Youngstown State University, sent along two unpublished short stories—The Blue Egg and The Flood—and I directed my students to choose one story and create a “book cover” for that story. It's always a great pleasure to work with colleagues across academic institutions, and more importantly, to have students engaging with professional makers outside of the MICA bubble. I want to thank Chris for participating in this project and for giving my EMAC students this opportunity.

Click on the gallery below for selected project submissions.

Alien Posters

The internet rumor mill has been buzzing about a possible Alien sequel directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) and starring Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn, reprising their roles as Ellen Ripley and Corporal Dwayne Hicks, respectively. As a student of film, I have always considered Ridley Scott's original Alien to be a masterpiece of horror, and James Cameron's Aliens is one of the greatest action films ever put to celluloid. In 2011, while working on some poster designs, I had a great time considering a cohesive, sequential series on the Alien franchise. Perhaps, if some new films come out, I will be able to expand the collection.

Se7en Posters (Part I)

I have always loved the movie Se7en, and a while back I started thinking about minimalist posters for the sins depicted in the film. I am in the process of working on them and thought I'd share my progress so far.