Drawing Collections: Illustrating Stories through Taxonomies

Kate Bingaman-Burt, Illustrator & Educator

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8 Videos (47m)
    • Introduction

      2:18
    • Assignment

      1:44
    • Identifying Your Collections

      5:22
    • Drawing Collection #1: Things I Am Throwing Away

      9:58
    • Digitizing Collection #1

      10:36
    • Drawing Collection #2: Buttons

      6:46
    • Digitizing & Coloring Collection #2

      8:26
    • Wrapping Up & More Exercises

      2:03

About This Class

Join illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt for a 50-minute class on drawing collections. Fun lessons take you inside her favorite collections, iconic simple line style, and approach for grouping objects that tell a larger story. Pros and explorers alike will love her energy, creative prompts, and drawing a collection of their own!

Throughout the class, Kate illustrates two different collections that are important to her. Everything starts with drawing, then moves into coloring, adding text, and digitizing. Friendly, short lessons dive into the gritty details of simple line illustration while also sharing insights on concept development.

This class is great for both the experienced illustrator searching for a fun exercise and someone just starting out who wants to explore illustration styles. You'll come away with a polished digital illustration you can share and the knowledge of how a collection — which you may never have known you had — can tell an amazing story through a well-executed drawing.

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Image courtesy of Kate Bingaman-Burt

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Kate is fantastic! Such a great class to get the unexperienced illustrator going!
Great teacher!
I love her spunk and contagious enthusiasm. The concept seems so simple and straight forward. She is encouraging and demonstrates the philosophies she exhorts. It even inspired me to consider this taxonomy concept in writing—such as a story about your day based upon what is in your wallet.

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Kate Bingaman-Burt

Illustrator & Educator

I make piles of work about the things that we BUY (and want) and the emotions attached to our STUFF. I also happily think and draw for good people and companies. I have been making work about consumption since 2002, teaching since 2004 and drawing until my hand cramps since 2006 (ouch).

Along with being an educator and illustrator, I organize events, installationsworkshops and I probably talk a bit too much. 

My first book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?  was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2010. Since then, I have collaborated with them to produce two more titles about documentation and consumption in 2012 and 2014. 

My design clients include Chipotle, Uniqlo, Hallmark, IDEO, VH1, Girl Scouts of America, Madewell and the Gap as well as locally loved institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Reading Frenzy and Know Your City. I am also on the board of directors for Design Week Portland and the Independent Pubishing Resource Center.

For me, teaching and making go hand in hand. Without one, the other wouldn’t exist.

In 2013, I was the recipient of the College of the Arts Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize as well as a TEDXPortland Speaker. I am the faculty advisor for the PSU.GD student design group Friends of Graphic Design (FoGD) and the in-house student design studio  A+D Projects. I also coordinate the weekly Show & Tell Lecture Series. I am also the Associate Director of the School of Art+Design at PSU.

M.F.A. University of Nebraska, 2004
B.A. College of the Ozarks, 2000

Kate is a part of See Saw Club with Will BryantJason SturgillAlex Despain, and Taryn Cowart.

Learn more: katebingamanburt.com/about