Student designers are the Stars of the Otis Senior Exhibit

As an alumni and toy industry professional I was excited to be invited to the VIP pre-screening of the portfolios by the student designers graduating in 2011. The event took place on May 12th at Otis College of Art and Design in West L.A. Here are some photos of the graduates and their portfolio work.

Student Designers in the Toy Department

Otis is one of L.A.’s premier art schools and their reputation is well deserved.  The professionalism of the body of work that the student designers produce for this event is really spectacular.  These kids are trained and ready to make their mark on the toy world! I was especially impressed by their beautifully designed resumes and cute business cards.

Student Designer in the Otis Toy Department

Above, one of the seniors in the toy design department shows off her fashion dolls and below another student holds up one of her friend’s cute miniature dolls.

Talk about dedicated to your art – this student had dolls tattooed on her feet!

The Fashion Design Department at Otis

The fashion students don’t have a large presence at this event.  Their work is shown at a big fundraising dinner and fashion show event earlier in the year. However, the best student work was on display in a small gallery.

Every time I look at the photo of this lavender gown I like it more and more.  Unfortunately I didn’t write down the name of the students who designed the work but it looks like it was designed under the guidance of Cynthia Rowley.

Although most of the toy design department presented their work with computer generated artwork I was excited to see that the fashion illustrations are still being done the same way as when I was a student at Otis: a painted illustration on one side, and a “flat” or technical drawing hand drawn on the right.

Here’s a close up of the illustration.

Fashion illustration by a Student at Otis College of Art and Design

And here it is in real life!

Pretty spectacular isn’t it?

I had a wonderful evening meeting up with friends and colleagues. Seeing all the work the students had done was a real treat.  I wish the graduating class all the best of luck in their future endeavors.  They should be proud of what they’ve achieved

Comments (5)

  1. May 19, 2011 - 3:30 AM

    the lavender gown is amazing. I really like the pleats at the top and the flow at the feet. I love the drawing of the last dress but some how to me when its come to life in fabric its not as stunning as the illustration. I love hello kitty but i don’t think enough to get her tattooed on my feet.

    Looks like you had lots of fun! Cheers

  2. Heather Fonseca
    May 19, 2011 - 11:11 AM

    I don’t think I’d have Hello Kitty tattooed on my feet either but it certainly got my attention. Thanks so much for stopping by Kimberly.

  3. Winnie
    May 19, 2011 - 11:46 PM

    Dear Heather,

    The Girl wearing plaid dress is not part of the Senior Grad for this year.


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