"A delightfully fuzzy-headed raconteur."
Communication Art Magazine
Robert Meganck is Professor of illustration, graphic design and digital imaging, Chair of the Department of Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a freelance illustrator. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is currently in his 34th year at VCU.
Robert has received over 300 regional, national and international awards for his research and professional practice in illustration and graphic design, and been recognized for excellence by such organizations as The Society of Illustrators New York, The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, American Illustration and The Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. His work has been included in a variety of national reviews including Communication Arts Magazine’s Illustration and Design Annuals, American Illustration Annuals, Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annuals, The Society of Illustrators Annuals, and 3x3 The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration.
His Clients include: The Washington Post, The Progressive, U.S. News and World Report, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, The Washington City Paper, Governing Magazine, Newsweek International, Prentice Hall, and The Harvard Business Review. His digital work has been the subject of feature articles in Design, the Society of News Design’s Quarterly Journal, e-Design magazine, and Computer Art magazine.
Style Weekly (September 5, 2007) named Robert Meganck one of Richmond’s top 25 most influential artists.
Illustration is simply drawing with a point.
Drawing is linear mark making. Drawing is a way of understanding the world. It is a way to record our ideas. Drawing differs from illustration and painting in that it is personal. Where it is hoped that an illustration or painting is published or exhibited, drawing (for the most part) is preliminary and internal. I illustrate to communicate an idea to an audience, but I draw for me. I may draw the figure, a building or a still life as an observational exercise. It differs from photography because I can take a picture and still remain relatively objective, I can take a photograph of a scene without really seeing it, but drawing is completely subjective. Every stroke is a conscious decision. Illustration is simply drawing with a point – a point of view. You can doodle abstract lines on paper and identify it as a drawing, but if those same lines are drawn as a map for the purpose of giving someone directions, it is an illustration.