Francis Vallejo

Presenting | Demo Area
Francis Vallejo is an award-winning, Detroit native, American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national publications, art galleries, and museums. Vallejo earned his Bachelor’s degree from Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida and his M.A. from Savannah College of Art + Design in Savannah, Georgia. He has since created artworks for a host of notable clients and exhibits. Vallejo’s “Jazz Day,” written by Roxane Orgill and published by Candlewick Press, was the recipient of the 2016 Boston Globe Horn Book award for best Picture Book. His newest illustrated book “Anansi Boys” written by Neil Gaiman and published by The Folio Societ has won Spectrum Gold, the D&AD Pencil Award, and other awards. He is an Assistant Professor of Illustration at the College for Creative Studies.

Participant Schedule

Friday 10/27 4:45PM - 5:45PM

Illustrating the Alaskan Tundra

Room 207 | Francis Vallejo

Francis will detail his experience over the summer of 2022 where he lived and visually documented the Canning River Bird Camp on the Northern Arctic Tundra of Alaska with a team of 11 biologists. In conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Audubon, Vallejo created an illustrated 88 page 'zine based on this expedition. He is currently preparing a speaking tour around his home of Detroit, MI with the goal of connecting very city-oriented youth with the nature in Alaska and other natural lands. Vallejo will discuss how to connect your art with nature and adventure, the residency world, pitching and delivering a project, and the process used to create the experimental imagery in his 'zine.
Saturday 10/28 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Discovering your Style + Personal Voice

Demo Area 3 - HALL C | Francis Vallejo

We all see the world differently and have something to say, but many times it can be difficult refining these experiences into a unique and personal body of work. In a place beyond technical skill, is a unique perspective to share with the world. We are here to find it. Illustrator Francis Vallejo will spend his presentation lecturing on how to leverage your art spirit and discover the medium(s) that will allow you to sing. Learn to manage industry standards, art history influences, and personal experimentation. Embrace standing out and resist fitting in. This presentation will conclude with a demo exploring various media and their possibilities in your style.