Category Archives: Current Students

Illustration Student Beth Zimmerman Commissioned by Wilhelmina Models

Recent works by Beth Zimmerman (BFA Illustration ’14) earned her a commission from Wilhelmina Models for their new website and Facebook page.

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View more of Beth Zimmerman’s work on her website, and below!

Student of the Week: Janet Sung

This week’s student of the week is Janet Sung. Although primarily an illustrator, Janet is also an animator and visual development artist.

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Janet SungTextile Traders, Sketchbook Warehouse, George Bates


Janet SungOccupation, Senior Thesis 2, Todd Lambrix


Janet Sung, personal


Artist Statement:

I’m interested in the body; the body in an atmosphere and the idea of the gaze. My inspiration stems from my personal life, people I’ve met, sub-cultures, and games/film. I like to create moods in my work,whether it’s humorous, blissful, or a melancholic longing. I’m also interested in character, fantasy, and personal nostalgia. Primarily, I work digitally and with ink.

To see more of Janet’s work, be sure to check out her website at:

Student of the Week: Justin Yoon

This week’s student of the week is Justin Yoon. Primarily a painter, Justin illustrates dreamy visions of psychedelic youth culture.

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Justin Yoon, Love, Topics: Advanced Painting, Nathan Bond


Justin Yoon, Blue Dreams, Topics: Advanced Painting, Nathan Bond


Justin Yoon, Believe, Illustration Design Studio, Noel Claro


Artist Statement:

Heavily influenced by the ’70s, music, film, and youth culture, my work is about celebrating youth and it’s ephemeral nature. Conceptually, the passage of time and the unique make-up of one’s nostalgia are important to me. I want to portray a vivid, overwhelming period that young people go through in their lives; a feeling of lostness and a dazed, out of state mind. I utilize candy colored extreme fluorescents alongside homoerotic imagery to capture and admire youth at its most extreme. Most of my work is done in acrylic, but I will also sometimes use graphite, glitter, or digital media.

To see more of Justin’s work, be sure to check out his website at:

Student of the Week: Sophie Won

This week’s student of the week is Sophie (Hyun-Ju) Won. Her work, although colorful and bright in nature, presents a beautiful and almost light-hearted approach to disturbing and oddball subject matters.

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Sophie Won, Parasite (excerpt from Thesis series), Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip

Sophie Won, Parasitic Coitus (excerpt from Thesis series), Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip

Sophie Won, personal

Artist Statement:

My work looks at the relationship between nature and man. Depending on how the audience perceives it, my work can be viewed as abstract or representational. I enjoy making images with strong impressions of colour, even if the imagery or concepts may appear disturbing to viewers. In my illustrations, I like to use a multitude of media, such as, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, conte, as well as lithographic printing techniques.

To view more of Sophie’s work, please be sure to visit her website at:

Reading Paintings one-night-only group show in DUMBO tonight

Reading Paintings showcases a group of (mostly) recent Parsons Illustration graduates with works that address literature and the collaborations between image and text. It is a one night only event. “It’s going to be a really fun time with booze, music and cool art by cool people.”

Featuring: Charlie Carroll, Leigh CunninghamJohn GarciaJordin IsipMasuko JoSo Yoon KimSu-kyung LeeRachel LevitRay Masaki, Luna Medina, Monica RamosHazel Lee SantinoPaula SearingJulee Yoo

Date: Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: 135 Plymouth Street, suite 411, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY


Student of the Week: Thomas Snowden

This week’s student of the week is Thomas Snowden. Thomas specializes in both digital and traditional means of painting, as well as animation.

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Thomas Snowden, Donatello (Excerpt from thesis series), Senior Thesis 2, Steven Guarnaccia


Thomas Snowden, Slaying Grace, personal


Thomas Snowden, Ballpoint Moleskine, personal


Artist Statement:

I believe to be an artist is to be an efficient problem solver. To be a good artist means constant exploring and finding new problems to solve. I keep an eclectic body of work to represent that exploration. There is, however, one unifying thread in all my work and it is a sense of narrative. From single frame paintings to animations I am a storyteller. I believe in the power of the anecdote. It can teach us lessons, bring us comfort, or simply entertain. I believe the anecdote is the most accessible form of communication and while sophistication and thought are important, they are masturbation without an audience.

To view more of Thomas’ work, be sure to visit his website at:

Student of the Week: Arielle Jovellanos

This week’s student of the week is Arielle Jovellanos. She specializes in character development and brings energy into them through strong storytelling and acting.

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Arielle JovellanosThe Ghostmanship Program, Senior Thesis 1, Jordin Isip


Arielle Jovellanos, Excerpts from her senior thesis film, Intangible, Senior Thesis 2, Todd Lambrix


Arielle Jovellanos, personal sketchbook page


Artist Statement:

I have an unhealthy love for stories and characters that stems from watching too many cartoons and reading too many fantasy novels as a kid. (Who am I kidding? I did that yesterday.) I’m interested in energy and movement and how your design choices can make an entire world come to life. I think it’s pretty awesome that an artist can instantly cause an audience to care about a bunch of lines, once you give that bunch of lines a personality. To me, filling out Word documents is just as important as filling out sketchbooks. When you combine words and pictures, magical things can happen!

To view more of Arielle’s work, be sure to visit her website at:

6 Parsons Students with 10 Images Selected to Appear in American Illustration 32 Annual Book

Parsons Illustration seniors Franca Barone, Leigh Cunningham, Kristen Davis, and Meghann Stephenson, and recent graduates Monica Ramos and Hazel Lee Santino (class of 2012) were selected by a distinguished jury to be included in the American Illustration 32 annual book. This year’s distinguished jury included Jordan Awan, The New Yorker; Sergio Baradat, United Nations Postal Administration; Chad W. Beckerman, Abrams; Joele Cuyler, Real Simple; Jennifer Daniel, Bloomberg Businessweek; Grace Lee, Priest + Grace; and Alexandra Zsigmond, The New York Times.

From 8,742 pieces entered by over 1,282 illustrators, magazines, agencies, publishers, and schools, the jury selected only 369 images to appear in the book and represent the best pictures from 2011. It will be printed and distributed worldwide in hardcover this fall. Congratulations to them and their teachers!

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Franca BaroneMaremaid Dinner, Printmaking Studio, Paul Marcus (faculty)



Franca BaronePattern 2, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)



Leigh Cunningham, Penitent IV (left); Penitent IX (right), Sr. Thesis 1, Lauren Redniss (faculty)



Kristen Davis, The Wastes, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)



Monica RamosMake Your Own Orgy Kit, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)



Monica RamosNaked Ladies 2, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)



Monica Ramos, Pet Peeve: Selfies, commissioned for Oh Comely magazine



Hazel Lee SantinoFlower Face, personal work



Meghann Stevenson, January, personal work


Student of the Week: Franca Barone

This week’s student of the week is Franca Barone. She specializes in illustration work that features her delicate and detail-oriented aesthetic.

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Franca Barone, Flower Pattern, Senior Thesis 1, Steven Guarnaccia


Franca Barone, Untitled Thesis Excerpt, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip


Franca Barone, Celestino


Artist Statement:

Franca Barone is a senior Illustration student at Parsons The New School for Design. She works in a variety of media, including graphite drawing, oil painting, silkscreen and digital. She loves books, animals, mutants, yoga and modern dance.

To view more of Franca’s work, be sure to visit her website at:

6 Parsons Students Awarded Scholarships from the Society of Illustrators; Masuko Jo gets top prize!

Six Parsons Illustration students were awarded scholarships in the 2013 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Only 33 works from the 271 selected by the jury for the show from the initial 8,595 submissions received scholarships. Congratualtions to them for this incredible achievement.

Masuko Jo, $5,000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship  for OdoriJordin Isip (faculty)

Monica Ramos, $2,000 MicroVisions Scholarship for Naked Ladies 2Jordin Isip (faculty)

Julee Yoo, $1,500 In Memory of Les Kanturek Scholarship for Offering, Nora Krug (faculty)

Annie Seo, $1,000 in Memory of Lila Dryer Scholarship for Meeting,  Steven Guarnaccia (faculty)

Rachel Levit, $500 in Memory of Harry Rosenbaum Scholarship for Pool, Jordin Isip (faculty)

Chelsey Pettyjohn, $250 Leo & Diane Dillon Scholarship for To Covet, Jordin Isip (faculty)



images: Masuko Jo, Monica Ramos, Julee Yoo, Annie Seo, Rachel Levit, Chelsey Pettyjohn