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Opportunity for Parsons Illustration Students

Current Parsons student Teresa Nimirowski has an interesting (and paid!) job opportunity for Illustration students.  Her friend’s band needs illustrations, and potentially an animation, to go along with their song, currently featured in a promo for HBO.  Information on the job and contacts are below:

“Hey there guys!

My band Two Seconds to Midnight are currently being featured on HBO as the music for the worldwide promo campaign for the second season of Boardwalk Empire.
Our song is called Opt1m1sm and can be heard on our website, www.twosecondstomidnight.com

We are looking to have some visual representation for the song as it seems a lot of people are looking it up online and downloading it. We are welcoming any students, designers, animators to pitch us some ideas and help us put together a (preferably) animated video. We love the work of the likes of Shynola and some of the more recent Radiohead videos… doesn’t have to be near as complex as those, but just so you know where we are coming from. Can be a very simple idea executed beautifully. Something that should go along with the tone of the song and doesnt have to be literal, can be abstract.

We can offer a little bit of pay (negotiable $250/$300) but along with that there will be a lot of exposure. The song is already getting a lot of hits and the first teaser promo from the show is already at around 110,000 views.

Please get in touch via the below email address if you are interested in collaborating with us in this project!

Zig and TSTM

Illustration Type/Zine/Animation Pop-Up Shop today!

a pop-up shop featuring zines and animations from TEAM 2070B
Wednesday, MAY 11th 2011
Parsons 55 West  8th floor – Room i803
9:30am – 11:30am
cash only
– refreshments will be served!
– brought to you by the students of Typography – 2070B 

Pictoplasma NYC on November 13th at Parsons

Parsons The New School for Design will present Pictoplasma NYC, a conference celebrating the artistic creation of character design, on Saturday, November 13 from 3-10 p.m.. Featuring lectures, panel discussions, and short film screenings, the event is part of Illustration Week, an annual programming series across New York City that showcases the best in international character design and art.  The conference will be held at Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York. Admission is free, but registration is requested via email to pictoplasmaparsons@gmail.com. Pictoplasma NYC is supported by folioplanet.com.

The conference was organized by Pictoplasma founders and curators Lars Denicke and Peter Thaler, and Steven Guarnaccia, chair of Illustration at Parsons. Among the featured participants is Ice Age character designer Peter de Seve, a well-known illustrator, New Yorker cover artist, and Parsons alumnus, who will discuss the process of creating iconic characters. In addition, Guarnaccia will moderate a panel discussion on how creative skills developed in art school can translate into work-life projects and careers, featuring a range of Parsons alumni: animation director Aaron Stewart, artist Motomichi Nakamura, and ornamental painter Andy Kehoe.

Also presenting are two members of the Australian design collective Rinzen, known for its video and audio remix project, RMX. New York-based designer Craig Redman has a creative output filled with twisted optimism and simple messages executed in a colorful, bold style. His character Darcel has become a fashion icon and is often featured at famed Parisian boutique Colette, where he recently had a solo exhibition. Berlin-based designer Rilla Alexander is inspired by vintage children books and mythical stories to create characters with complex identities through a blending of illustration, graphics and 3D design. Her RMX project, Neighbourhood, involved 20 blank plush dolls that were passed around the world being reworked and remade.

Illustrator Nathan Jurevicius will discuss his most acclaimed project to date, Scarygirl. Since her creation in 2001, Scarygirl has developed a following of fans throughout the world and has been the subject of a game, graphic novel, numerous limited edition vinyl toys and travelling shows, and a forthcoming feature film.

The program will conclude with a screening of Characters in Motion 2010, a 75-minute collection of animated short films, music videos and motion graphics. Each film was selected for its innovative and style-setting character design and the intriguing way these protagonists involve the viewer in surreal settings.

Pictoplasma is acclaimed for its unique focus on contemporary character design and art. Timeless publications showcase the work of a global scene of illustrators, graphic designers and animation filmmakers. The annual conference in Berlin is the meeting point for an international audience. The inimitable mix of selected animation programs, the lively exchange between the various disciplines and face-to-face artist lectures, allowing a personal glimpse into the character centered universe of the protagonists, have proven highly inspiring and highlight the importance of characters in contemporary visual culture. Whether illustration, animation, graphic design, street or fine art – the emphasis is not on the limits of style or format, but on the shared dedication to explore character-driven aesthetics. After its US premiere in 2008, the event is now returning to New York for the second Pictoplasma NYC edition. For more information, please visit www.pictoplasma.com.

In the BFA Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design, one of the most prestigious and comprehensive schools of art and design in the world, students are poised to become influential, pictorial communicators. Through studio and digital course work, the program builds proficiency in drawing and media-based skills; creativity in concepts and problem solving; awareness of art and design and current social and cultural concerns; and fluency in technological tools and software. For more information, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/bfa-illustration/.

Pictoplasma NYC 2010
November 13, 2010
3-10 p.m.
Tishman Auditorium
66 W. 12th

Free and open to the public, but please RSVP to: pictoplasmaparsons@gmail.com.


Kachi Kachi Yama: Animation Inspiration!


Associate Professor Nora Krug passed along the intriguing video work above as a way to inspire curiosity and creativity as the start of classes looms ever closer.  Summertime is passing by and its time to refresh your imagination!  This work from 1965 by Japanese graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker and painter Tadanori Yokoo is just the ticket to get those illustration juices flowing.

Visual Music Screening on Friday at 6:30

Come and see the results of this semester’s Visual Music Studio, a
collaborative studio elective for students from the Parsons Illustration and
Communication Design/Design and Technology Programs and The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music. Students created audio-visual works that are
screened and critiqued in public on

Friday, May 14th, 6:30 pm
At Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Avenue, ground floor.
Faculty: Nora Krug and Ernesto Klar

Quick Hit: Electric Car video by Ru Kuwahata and Tiny Inventions

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Check out this rad video for They Might Be Giants by Tiny Inventions featuring the work of Parsons Illustration Alum Ru Kuwahata! Whew–that was an amazing long string of happy information!  Congrats to Ru (and Max) on the tremendous video.

Bonus: Ru will be lecturing and presenting her work in Veronica Lawlor’s Illustration in Motion class, on Monday, November 2, 2009, 9:30 am. Location: 2 West 13th St. building, room 1104.  All are welcome to attend.

And hey, are you a Parsons Illustration Alumni?  Keep us updated!  We want to feature your work and books and projects right here on this very blog!  Email, send us a Facebook message, or catch up with us on Twitter.  We’re here to sing your praises!

A Blue Sky Evening: Creating Buck, Star of Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs


At the Society of Illustrators on September 24th, Parsons Illustration Alum Peter de Sève will lead a presentation of Blue Sky artists who will take you through the process of creating the unforgettable character Buck with a Power Point presentation and film clips. Each artist will speak about their specific area of expertise:

Peter de Sève, Character Designer
Talks about the process of design showing sketches of Buck through final design.

Mike DeFeo, Sculpting Supervisor

Describes the process of traditional sculpting referring to the Buck macquette, and the digital sculpting and 3D model evolution.

Mike Knapp, Art Director
Speaks to the design of the Lost World, color choices for the character Buck as they relate to the world as well as the fur and materials processes.

Tony Maki, Story Artist
Discusses the story boarding process with a focus on the sequences FLASHBACK and CAMPFIRE.

Galen Chu, Supervising Animator
Discusses animating the character Buck and will touch on his unique physical expressions.

The evening will close with Q & A.
$15 non-members $10 members $7 students
Thursday, September 24, 2009
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63 Street, NY, NY

RSVP kevin@societyillustrators.org or call 212 838 2560