Illustration Workshop 2018

Saturday, November 17th at KAPOW! Art Studio

9-4pm (Lunch break 12-1) | Ages 16+, Adults

An illustration is a decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process, designed for integration in published media, such as posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations, video games and films.

Learn the nuts and bolts of the creative process as it pertains to creating illustrations for print media. Artist/Illustrator Rich Harrington will take you through the various steps in the creative process that will open your mind, challenge your creativity, teach you technical skills and test your ability to tie them all together in a dynamic, cohesive and successful illustration.

Rich worked as a designer and illustrator for major advertising agencies and design firms on the east coast. He will share his experiences with the class in terms of creative problem solving, assessing a client’s needs, and using metaphor and symbolism. We start off with a few exercises to get the creative juices flowing, followed by a real-world assignment. We’ll submit thumbnails to the group, then work-up sketches based on creative feedback.

The afternoon session will consist of a demonstration using colored pencil on Bristol board. Students will take the rest of the class period to begin their final piece with individual attention/feedback. We end with a brief discussion of where illustrations are used and how to develop a style that could lead to freelance opportunities.


About the Artist:

Rich Harrington was born in Binghamton, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute, College of Art. His junior year of college was spent in London studying with the partners of Pentagram Design Ltd., and faculty from the St. Martin College of Art and Design. Rich worked as a Graphic Designer for WCVB TV-Boston, Hill Holdiay, Connors Cosmopulos, Lehman Millet and Yoe! Studio. He has freelanced as an Illustrator for Archer/Malmo Advertising, Memphis, Young and Rubicam Worldwide, New York, Getty Images and RVSA Advertising in Binghamton. He has taught six different courses from Beginning Drawing to Advanced Computer Imagery at SUNY Broome for the past 14 years and continues to be inspired by his students and art and design in general.


Ages: 16+, and Adults of all ages!

Cost: $180 + 40 materials fee = $220

Every student goes home with a set of 24 Prismacolor pencils, Bristol Vellum pad, sketchbook, and graphite pencils.

Lunch Break is 12-1pm. Bring a packed lunch (refrigerator and microwave available), or walk to a nearby cafe/restaurant.


$70 deposit with balance due of $150 due the day of the workshop (cash or checks made to ‘KAPOW Art Studio’ please). Please note that a deposit is needed to reserve your space. Deposits are non-refundable, but can be applied to another KAPOW offering within the calendar year if you need to cancel.

If you prefer to pay deposit via check instead of online method: To reserve your space, please email us at, let us know your contact information, and send a check to 186 State St. 2nd floor, Binghamton, NY 1390, with ‘Illustration Workshop’ in the memo). Thank you!

Illustration Workshop

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 | 9-4pm

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