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Ashes Front Cover


On exhibit at the Gannett-Tripp Library (now through November 17, 2017) are original illustrations drawn by local artist and Elmira College alumnus Chris Bell '00. The illustrations provide an inside view of how Chris creates artwork for Ashes, Gears, Earthbound, and other serial comic books that he has published in collaboration with writer and EC alumnus Bill Giancoli '98. 

Chris was an art major at Elmira College.  When asked if he had any advice for current EC art majors, Chris said he wishes he had taken more courses outside of the drawing/illustration area.  He also believes that students should try art media that they may not be comfortable with, or feel they aren't particularly interested in. He did some catching up with digital courses in graduate school, but he wishes he had taken more of these courses as an undergraduate. While he admits that devoting himself to drawing and illustration at EC refined his illustration skills, a broader experience in all the arts seems more logical to him now. 

Chris, an art teacher in the Horseheads Central School District, currently lives in Horseheads, NY with his wife, Beth, and sons, Dexter and Charlie. He continues to do freelance graphic design through his website Bell Graphics ( When not creating art, Chris spends time with his family and still plays lacrosse for fun, the sport he played while an undergraduate at Elmira College.


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