His books include a graphic novel, Witch Knots, an illustrated adventure book, The Aquarium Drift, and a kid's guide to artistic careers, Creative Every Day. His work is inspired by vintage cartoons, science fiction, poetry and children's books. Ira's freelance work is a blend of illustration, design, and narrative. He has worked with large-scale public art projects, craft breweries, performing arts centers, educational programs, roller derby leagues, and culture papers.
His tendency towards narrative experimentation has appeared in the Hugo Award Winning sci-fi/fantasy magazine, Weird Tales, and culminated in an eighty-foot 'illustrated music video' created in collaboration with Vimeo founder, Jake Lodwick. His proudest moment was when comic theorist and Understanding Comics author, Scott McCloud wrote a thoughtful blog post about his work.
Ira has been teaching visual storytelling for nearly ten years. He has presented his techniques at the National Art Education Convention and shared his experience in a PBS interview from the series 'A House for Arts.'
You can learn with him on Skillshare. His classes focus on expressive illustration, character design, and sharing stories. Click here to claim your Skillshare Premium Membership and start creating your own stories.
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