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Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane Begin Mary Jane Begin is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she has taught for twenty-one years, and also serves as the Internship + Professional Development Advisor for the Illustration department. Mary Jane is an award-winning illustrator and author known in particular for her acclaimed picture books, Little Mouse's Painting, Before I Go to Sleep, A Mouse Told His Mother, retellings of the Sorcerer's Apprentice and Willow Buds, and tales inspired by Wind in the Willows. Mary Jane's latest picture book is My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea, published by Little Brown Books.

Her variety of major advertising clients includes Hasbro, Celestial Seasonings, Mead Johnson, and Disney. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Steven Donahos Award and multiple Certificates of Merit from the Society of Illustrators, multiple Awards of Excellence from Communications Arts, the Irma Black Award, and the Critici Erba Prize at the Bologna Book Fair. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country, with one-woman shows at Books of Wonder Gallery in New York and Beverly Hills and the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport. She has also exhibited at the RISD Museum, Society of Illustrators (NY), the deCordova Museum, and Storyopolis in LA. Her work can be found at http://www.maryjanebegin.com.
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Tertiary Colors

    Explore tertiary color, the neutral browns and greys that make vibrant colors pop and subtle paintings possible.

    45m 32s
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Creating Depth of Field

    Learn to add the illusion of depth to your artwork with the effective use of color and contrast.

    1h 6m
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Textures

    Add visual texture to your artwork with color, pattern, and a variety of brush strokes. Break up repetitive strokes and static blocks of color for more dynamic images.

    35m 56s
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Color as Shape

    Break an image down into its basic shapes and learn how to effectively compose a drawing or painting.

    1h 9m
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Creating a Visual Hierarchy

    Learn to use tone, color, and glazing to establish a visual hierarchy in your artwork and designs.

    34m 54s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Artist at Work: Complementary Colors

    An award-winning illustrator sits down at the drawing board to explain how complementary colors can make your artwork and designs more compelling and vibrant.

    18m 32s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Color

    Learn the properties of color, and how to use it to tell stories, create moods, draw attention, and add new possibilities to your creative toolbox.

    1h 57m
    Beginner
     
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