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Last modified: Friday, February 16, 2007

Informatics new media professor draws high praise from Society of Illustrators

Feb. 16, 2007

Durwin S. Talon

Durwin S. Talon, associate professor of new media from the Indiana University School of Informatics at IUPUI, with artwork from "Bonds: Adagio" behind him.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Durwin S. Talon has blended his expertise in art and technology and has gained some new admirers at the Society of Illustrators. His creation of sequential artwork, Bonds: Adagio, has been selected for inclusion in the society's 49th annual exhibition.

"I just feel honored knowing that my work will be hanging on the same walls where the works of Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and Montgomery Flagg are also displayed," said Talon, associate professor of new media at the Indiana University School of Informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "I got into illustration because of these giants, so this is all rather overwhelming."

Each year, the Society of Illustrators recognizes the top achievements within the field of illustration, encompassing all genres, every medium and every range of practitioner, from students to professionals. This marks the fourth year for this relatively new component of the annual exhibition.

Sequential art is a multi-image project for which a succession of images is necessary to fully convey an idea or story. Examples include work that has been produced or published such as comic books, art journalism, graphic novels, pre-production art and animation (including television, film, Web or video game animation).

Talon used a wide range of skills and various applications to complete the award-winning work, including 3D, vector, raster, layout, video and paint programs. Bonds: Adagio is the first movement in a three-part series about a woman named Faith fighting to save her soul.

"My project exemplifies another kind of story that can be told with new media," he said. "This project is the culmination of support from friends and family, without which I could not realize this lifelong dream."

Image Comics, the third largest publisher of comics in the United States, will publish Bonds: Adagio in July.

Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators promotes the art and appreciation of illustration, as well as its history and evolving nature. It encourages high ideals through exhibitions, lectures and education, and by fostering a sense of community and open discussion.

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