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CCA Senior Thesis: Alyssa Deville's Jabberwock

DECEMBER 16, 2009
In the Illustration Department at California College of the Arts, (formerly CCAC),  our students produce a thesis project in their senior year. This year we have some truly outstanding graduating students, and it is my pleasure to  show a few of their thesis projects to the Drawger Audience. Today I am going to begin by introducing Alyssa DeVille, and her thesis project,"The Jabberwock".

The Bandersnatch
"The Jabberwock" is a poem from Lewis Carrol's "Through the Looking Glass":

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

  And the mome raths outgrabe.



"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

  The frumious Bandersnatch!"


He took his vorpal sword in hand:

  Long time the manxome foe he sought --

So rested he by the Tumtum tree,

  And stood awhile in thought.


And, as in uffish thought he stood,

  The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

  And burbled as it came!


One, two! One, two! And through and through

  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

  He went galumphing back.


"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?

  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'

  He chortled in his joy.



`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

  And the mome raths outgrabe.

The Jabberwock. Technical Note: These are all large oil paintings on canvas. they vary in size, 24 up to 72 inches wide.
At CCA the illustration faculty (Director and fellow Drawger Dugald Stermer, Thesis teacher Bob Ciano, Alexis Mahrus, Owen Smith, Caitlin Kuhwald, John Hersey, Barron Storey, Randy Chavez,Chris Koehler, Mark Eanes, Sara Gillingham and myself ) are all proud of all our students and their accomplishments. I will post some more of our outstanding thesis projects from the past year in the upcoming days.

A small but important note: I have an ulterior motive in posting this project at this point in time. Last friday night someone stole three of the originals (Toves, Beware, and Headless) from the CCA thesis studio in San Francisco. An investigation is ongoing- but if anyone somehow knows anything or can help us recover these paintings, our gratitude would be immeasureable. As you can probably imagine, ALyssa was devastated to learn of this theft- but she is in this for the long run and will recover. Tomorrow, she will be an artist. What will the thief be?