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Illustration Major Lands Cover of National Arts Publication

Posted October 25, 2012 in Student

Creative Outlook Magazine is an annual fall publication targeting art and creative students wishing to continue their careers in the arts. Each year, the nationally circulated publication features the art of top high school and college students from across the country. Featured artists are not selected by a panel of judges, but through a contest using social media, as readers vote for their favorite images, then posting them to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and more.

This year, Kendall senior Illustration major Kirbi Fagan landed the coveted cover with her painting, “Air Boss.”

“When I was creating “Air Boss” I wanted to create an image of a hero that had storytelling qualities. When paging through books on historical aviation, I wasn’t as interested in the planes as I was the people who flew them.”

Kirbi always uses friends in her paintings. In fact, the dashing hero of the skies is a good friend whose facial features Kirbi altered to create the portrait. The title “Air Boss” was inspired by a conversation with her grandfather, whose hobby is full-size airplane building. “He has been working on one in his garage on Lake Michigan for as long as I can remember.”

Kirbi is president of the Kendall Painting Club, and has demonstrated her talents by painting live at several children’s events. Recently hired by Square Peg Events, she works to find artists to participate in events at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue a career illustrating greeting cards and learning products, with the dream job of illustrating book covers.

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