July 25 2012 01:10 PM

Meet this week's cover artist

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Kristina Micotti

This week's cover art, "Captain Hook," is an illustration by Kristina Micotti, who graduated earlier this month from Point Loma Nazarene University with a degree in graphic design. In May, the San Diego AIGA—the local chapter of the American Institute for Graphic Arts—awarded Micotti with the 2012 Best of Illustration honor in its 16th annual Student Portfolio Exhibition. The award is based on the two major projects in Micotti's body of work: Birds of the Tijuana Estuary and Folk Heroes.

Micotti says her illustrations start as a pencil sketch before she adds color, either in Photoshop or with watercolors. She describes her work as dreamlike and zoological, inspired by animals and nonsensical matters. Her work is of various textures, achieved by intricate detailing—take, for instance, Captain Hook's literally sharp beard.

The artist freelances for Manor House Quarterly, an art-and-literature publication featured in May 30's Seen Local column, and also for the Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company.

"I'll be illustrating posters, playbills and mailers for the 2013 and 2014 shows," she says. "I'd like to keep freelancing, and I'm already busy even though I just graduated two weeks ago. I'm lucky."


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Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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