Illustration Inspiration!

No, this doesn’t really have to do with the Parsons Illustration Program, per say; only that this woman, Carolita Johnson, sent us a message on our Facebook page about her illustration in the NYT Sunday Book Review. She’s actually a Parsons School of Fashion alum, now working as a cartoonist at The New Yorker. 


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Her charming message was thus:

“I’m a Parsons alum, doing illustration and cartooning even though I graduated from the Fashion Department (I never pursued Fashion, though my “day job” is fit modeling with technical designers). Anyway, I just had an illustration in the New York Sunday Times Book Review, and I’m just so proud of it, and having no Parson’s art department to claim me, I thought I’d tell you about it. Here it is! (If Foundation Year could claim me, I’d love it. Best year of my life!)”

In the Parsons spirit of cross-program and cross-school exchange, I was happy to just give her illustration a shout out, but then I started to get curious about her work, and found this illustrated article: How To Become A Cartoonist in About 20 Jobs. If you want to read a real “New York” story, this is it. Live and learn readers!

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