MFA in ILLUSTRATION

I am a proud Illustration MFA student attending the Academy of Art University.

MFA Illustration student Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

HERE’S MY GRAD SCHOOL BACKSTORY

After years of dreaming about attending art school, I finally took the plunge and began my Illustration MFA in 2017.

THE SCHOOL

I chose The School of Illustration at the Academy of Art University to expand my design knowledge as well as to delve deep into the illustration realm of graphic novels, comic books, storyboards, concept art, children’s book illustration, and more.

WHY ILLUSTRATION?

Illustration, and its various niches, became an area of interest to me around 2016 when I was attempting to differentiate the brand communications of my client work beyond stock photos and such. Moreover, I myself began to experiment with illustration for my own personal, self-publishing projects.

MY PROGRESS THUS FAR

Art school is quite the challenge. My creative mind is being stretched to new heights and there are days I think I’m in way over my head or that my artwork sucks and I don’t belong blah blah blah. But that’s the stress talking. The truth is I’m excited about my Illustration program and even more excited to completing the MFA in a year or so from now.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MY ILLUSTRATION MFA EXPERIENCES

Sometimes, I blog about assignments or grad school-related learnings when time permits. You can see what I’m working on or doing in my Illustration classes with the posts below.

Human anatomy rendering in charcoal pencil by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Human Anatomy Drawing Assignment

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My grad school MFA program's summer term this year includes a human anatomy class that is blowing my mind. The class spent the first few weeks drawing skeletons; so much so I often felt I was drawing and designing Halloween-themed greeting…
Chinchilla drawing sketch by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Drawing Animals

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I have nothing against drawing animals and will draw them if I have to. But generally, drawing animals is not something I typically seek out to do. However, in a recent children's book illustration assignment for grad school, our class had…