Category Archives: Illustration Alumni

Illustration alumnus Luis Nazario creates machines (and other things) for MAYDAY!

Illustration graduate Luis Nazario, a Dominican Republic native who moved to NYC in 2012 to gain his B.F.A. in illustration at Parsons, secured a job as a designer at MAYDAY design agency. MAYDAY works with high-end clients, including Levis Strauss, Manaolo Blahnik, Prada, Kenneth Cole, Cadillac, Comedy Central, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and for the Rauschenberg Foundation.

Luis recently designed an exhibitor’s booth, a Victorian-style steampunk machine, for TACKLEBOX, which was featured at the NY Tech Day Fair. He’s currently working on a series of illustrations for The Algonquin Hotel. We can’t wait to see what else he’s coming up with!

You can find more of Luis’ work here.


Meet Omega Darling, Darling of Parsons Alums!

Omega Darling is an animation and visual effects company with a serious Parsons connection! Four out of their seven team members are Parsons alums, and the founder, Zach Shukan, taught CG courses here as well.

Jassiel McBride (Animator) – Illustration 2014
Mangus Atom (Lead CG) – DT 2012
Adrian Smith (Associate Art Director) – Illustration 2013
Alexander Smith (Art Director) – Illustration 2012
Zach Shukan – (Founder) – Parsons CG Teacher 2008-2012

You may recognize the names of Adrian and Alex Smith from a previous post about their short film.

Find out more about who they all are and what they do on their sizzle reel! Oh and, they’re currently looking for interns! 

A sampling of their clients, below.

Parsons Illustration Alum and Stephen Lang team up on short film

Twin brothers Adrian and Alexander Smith have enjoyed learning about the history of the Civil War since they were children. The Smith brothers were history majors at the New Mexico Military Institute and for a time even considered joining the United States military. They always had a passion for drawing and when Alexander came to Parsons to study the art of illustration in 2008, Adrian followed a year later. Now as recent Parsons Illustration graduates, the Smith twins combined their passion for history and military with their love of art to direct the animated short film “The Wheatfield,” a historic fictional take on the Battle of Gettysburg. The film premiered at the Visitor Center in Gettysburg, PA, on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Read more from New School Free Press

Alexander and Adrian Smith stand by the film’s poster at its premiere.

Alexander and Adrian Smith stand by the film’s poster at its premiere.

Stephen Lang (center) poses with some of the production team members at Omega Darling.

Stephen Lang (center) poses with some of the production team members at Omega Darling.

8 Parsons Students Selected for the 3×3 Illustration Annual

Parsons Illustration students Kristen DavisKatie GrossMasuko JoRachel LevitMonica RamosMeghann Stephenson, Janet Sung, and Linnea Gad were selected by a distinguished jury to be included in the 3×3 Illustration Annual. It will be printed and distributed worldwide in hardcover this fall. Congratulations to them and their teachers!

Scroll down to view the 11 Selected works:


Kristen Davis, Go to the Devil, Junior Concepts, Sergio Ruzzier (faculty)



Katie GrossPlay Ball Part 1, Silkscreen, Scott Nobles (faculty)



Masuko JoOdori, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)



Rachel Levit,  Sad Girls, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)



Monica RamosHuman Hairstyles, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)



Meghann StephensonWet and Dry, Junior Concepts, Sergio Ruzzier (faculty)



Janet SungCity Murder, Junior Concepts, Guy Billout (faculty)



Linnea Gad, Series of four (clockwise from top left): Gentlemen of the Press Set, Celotex OfficeStasi ClosetMGM Property Department,  Senior Thesis, Jordin Isip (faculty)




Illustration’s 2013 Senior Thesis Book!

After months of hard work all the student’s pieces have been culminated into this interactive and print form book. Down below is the link to download your own copy of the book. Simply ‘right click’ the navigate to ‘save link as’ and presto! You’ve got your own interactive copy of the Illustration Annual.

Enjoy! And happy summer everyone!


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