The Salt Lake Community College Visual Arts Department (VAD) welcomes freelance illustrator, Nathan Jarvis, as the speaker for their 2013 Guest Artist Series. The free event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Multipurpose Room at South City Campus from 2-4 p.m.
The Guest Artist Series brings in professionals from all areas of the visual arts industry. Each year, VAD brings in a visual arts professional with a different background to provide students with an evolving take on their prospective careers.
“One of the reasons we invited him is because he was trained in an analog education but is very well versed in digital work. He seemed like a perfect fit for what our goal is. He won’t focus on just illustrators, it should crossover to other areas of creativity in media whether you’re a film or music student, his expertise would have impact on education,” says Ed Rosenberger, assistant professor for the VAD.
Students of all majors, not just Visual Arts, are encouraged to attend.
“In the context of ‘Confessions of an Illustrator,’ allowing for the probability of spontaneity and the improbability of things being completely scripted, I will be talking about 35 years in professional illustration and how it may inform those who are looking to go into a creative career,” says Jarvis.
One of the many messages that Jarvis hopes to convey during the lecture is how students can better prepare themselves for life in the professional world.
“[I hope to] share some things that, if I had known them 35 years ago, would’ve been incredibly valuable,” Jarvis says.
“[Sometimes] when you leave school, you are sort of a lamb going to the slaughterhouse, and I’m hoping that the students will be able to benefit from our discussion.”
During the lecture, Jarvis intends to discuss many different topics including finding your voice as your style evolves, the relationship of talent, tools and technology, what it means to be creative, job options in the visual arts industry and issues such as copyright, determining fees, getting paid and not going to jail for ignorance-caused tax evasion.