See new work by Illustration Seniors at SMUSH Gallery in Jersey City on view November 30-January 27th! The artwork for the exhibition’s poster was created by Hailey Dugan.
Comic Arts Brooklyn is a comics festival devised by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics and hosted by Pratt University. Since its conception CAB has stood out as one of the most exciting events of the year, not just for comics, but for small publishing and visual art as a whole. The oppressive crowds of Comic Con come nowhere near CAB. The atmosphere is laid back and inviting. You get the feeling that you could actually strike up a friendship with the artists there, despite the fact that CAB attracts big names.
This year Parsons is heavily featured. Two headline guests, Mark Newgarden and Mathew Thurber are part of our Illustration faculty. They both recently published highly anticipated books. How to Read Nancy and Art Comic respectively. Both these books directly link to their work at Parsons, which deals with graphic narrative. Mathew Thurber will Talk about the making of Art Comic and what it’s like to write about your own experiences in a fictionalized context. Mark Newgarden will present a curated selection of 20th century film stock from his collection.
A Print by Parsons Alum Mei Kanamoto
Book art by Parsons Senior Lydia Mamalis
Parsons Alumni Angela Chen, Mei Kanamoto, Arta Ajeti, and Dakota Nicklaus will all be tabling too, alongside BFA Illustration seniors Clair Gunther and Lydia Mamalis.
Belonging (US title) / Heimat (foreign title)
A 280-page illustrated and hand-lettered visual memoir on a German family’s memory of WWII.
Belonging wrestles with the idea of Heimat, the German word for the place that first forms us, where the sensibilities and identity of one generation pass on to the next. In this highly inventive visual memoir—equal parts graphic novel, family scrapbook, and investigative narrative—Nora Krug draws on letters, archival material, flea market finds, and photographs to attempt to understand what it means to belong. A wholly original record of a German woman’s struggle with the weight of catastrophic history, Belonging is also a reflection on the responsibility that we all have as inheritors of our countries’ pasts.
Fall 2018 release in the following countries: USA (Scribner), UK (Particular Books), Germany (Penguin Hardcover), Holland (Balans), France (Gallimard). 2019 and 2020 release in the following countries: Norway (Spartacus), Sweden (Norstedts), Spain (Salamandra), Brazil (Companhia das Letras), Italy (Stile Libero), and Denmark (Gads).
Current Illustration faculty member Motomichi Nakamura participated in the 11th Governors Island Art Fair this past September. Motomichi showed the Projection Mapping Installation Mush Marsh at the fair this year, which was mentioned as a highlight in Hyperallergic.
We’re reinvigorating the BFA Illustration blog for Fall 2018 with this post on 2014 BFA Illustration alumni Hannah Drossman who has recently been interviewed by AI-AP for Dart: Design Arts Daily. The interview delves into her personal practice and source of inspiration. To read the full interview, click here.
This winter Mei Kanamoto, a recent Parsons Illustration Alumni worked with the Metropolitan Opera on their holiday campaign; “The Magic at the Met”. She describes her experience after graduating and working with Met on the campaign:
“Right after graduation, I started working for two creatives who are working as co-creative directors and art directors for the Metropolitan Opera. A few month in, I was asked to illustrate for the upcoming holiday campaign. Although up until now I have not been aware of the magnitude of the project, every little work given to me has been precious and important, even dog sitting.
I was asked to create 4 posters, animation and 4 title art. The beginning of the project was the time I struggled the most since I had to adjust my medium and style. In October and November when we were making the animation (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FbzaGDuNE9M). I often visited the Met Opera and the street surroundings. One night I was invited to see the show for the first time in my life at Lincoln Center. I did not really realize how amazing the opportunity was up until I saw the performance. It inspired my work to a next level and made me want to make this project even more successful. Most importantly, however, I was blessed to be around an amazing team of talented people who guided me through the project step by step.
It has not hit me yet that my illustration can be seen in places like the New Yorker magazine, subway stations, and even as the cover of the Timeout magazine—and not to mention the TV commercial that’s on air now. It has truly been a surreal and magical experience,”
From “Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters.”
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award — and the first year of the Times’ partnership with the New York Public Library on the honor. Called, The New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award. The Times and NYPL share a mission: to recognize the best in children’s literature and bring great books to young readers.
The 2017 judges featured The New School’s Illustration Professor, Steven Guarnaccia, the author and illustrator of numerous books; Marjorie Priceman, the author and illustrator of many children’s books and the winner of two Caldecott Honors and two New York Times Best Illustrated Books Awards; and Louise Lareau, the head librarian of the New York Public Library Children’s Center.
Read more on the selected winners.