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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)




19 works from the Parsons Illustration Program selected for the 2013 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition

Parsons Illustration seniors Kristin Chae, Kristen Davis, Annalise Olson, Annie Seo, and Meghann Stephenson, and recent graduates Leah Goren, Katie Gross, Masuko Jo, Su-kyung Lee, Rachel LevitChelsey PettyjohnMonica Ramos, and Julee Yoo  (class of  2012) were selected by a distinguished jury to appear in the 2013 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship exhibition. Only 271 works were chosen from a record 8,595 submissions. Congratulations to them and their teachers!

Scroll down to view the selected works or go to: Parsons Illustration Program Winning Images

Kristin Chae, Happy Birthday, Noel Claro (faculty); Underground, George Bates (faculty)


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


Leah Goren, Kurosawa Pattern, James Yang (faculty); Bees Pattern, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Katie Gross, Play Ball 01, Printmaking, Scott Nobles (faculty)


Masuko Jo, Odori, Senio Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty); Wifi, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Su-kyung Lee, The Bedroom, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Rachel Levit, Pool, Sr. Thesis, Jordin Isip (faculty); Philip Larkin, Sr. Thesis, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Annalise Olson, Skeleton Parade, Senior Thesis, Steven Guarnaccia (faculty)


Chelsey Pettyjohn, Commandments: To Covet, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Monica Ramos, Naked Ladies 2Jordin Isip (faculty); Blue Eyes, George Bates (faculty)


Annie Seo, Meeting, Senior Thesis, Steven Guarnaccia (faculty)


Meghann Stephenson, Wet and Dry, Junior Concepts, Sergio Ruzzier (faculty)


Julee Yoo, Offering, Independent Study, Nora Krug (faculty)


Julee Yoo, Whim, Senior Thesis 2, Frank Olinsky (faculty)



Wendy Popp curates “Gifted” featuring Parsons Illustration Alumni and Faculty members

The Voracious Reader invites you to join them for “Gifted”, a book signing event and exhibition of the art of the children’s picture book!

An esteemed group of artists will gather for the opening of this very special show, curated by local artist and Parsons Illustration Adjunct Wendy Popp.

The show will open on Sunday, Dec 5th at 2pm and run through Dec 19th. Exhibiting artists include Parsons Illustration alumn Peter DeSeve (The Duchess of Whimsy) and Parsons Illustration faculty members Wendy Popp (One Candle/Where the Sunrise Begins), Guy Billout (Journey/The Frog Who Went to See the Sea) and Sergio Ruzzier (Amandina/Hey! Rabbit!).  Other featured artists include Istvan Banyai, Rudy Gutierrez, Susan Jeffers, Javaka Steptoe, Shaun Tan, Ed Young and Lisbeth Zwerger. Many of the artists will be on hand to sign their books. Original and printed  artwork will be on sale as well.

Don’t miss this rare and wonderful gathering of gifted artists as we celebrate the many gifts of the season! Refreshments and opportunities for little ones to share their gifts as well.

Sunday, December 5, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
The Voracious Reader
1997 Palmer Avenue
Larchmont, NY

Book Maker’s Dozen event at Powerhouse Arena

Thirteen Leading Children’s Book Illustrators Will Present and Discuss Their Works

Thursday, December 2, 7–9 PM
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For more information, please call 718.666.3049
Please RSVP: rsvp@powerhousearena.com

Thirteen leading children’s book illustrators—including those who brought us Ivy and BeanMoonshotPercy Jackson and the OlympiansMadelineSeries of Unfortunate EventsTrucktownOswald and more—will be presenting and discussing their works. They also have banded together to create a set of limited edition prints featuring favorite images from their most recent and best-loved books. Signed limited edition prints will be available for $100. Join us for the opening reception and discussion of their work and the world of book illustration.

Participating Artists:

  • Selina Alko
  • Peter Brown
  • Brian Floca
  • David Gordon
  • Dan Yaccarino (Parsons Illustration Alum)
  • Boris Kulikov
  • Sophie Blackall
  • Brett Helquist
  • Aileen Leijten
  • Sergio Ruzzier (Parsons Illustration Faculty)
  • John Bemelmans Marciano
  • Sean Qualls
  • John Rocco

Find out more here:


Blab World featuring Illustration faculty and alum!

BLABWORLD is an annual coffee-table showcase of Fine art, Illustration, and Comics, and a gold-standard in the work of professional visual artists. Many of BLAB!’s contributors through the years have gone on to huge success in the gallery world (Chris Ware, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, Camille Rose Garcia, Joe Coleman, The Clayton Brothers, Shag, etc.) and the current volume sharpens BLAB!’s cutting-edge like never before.

BLAB! is conceived, edited, and designed by five-time NY Festival of Advertising award-winner Monte Beauchamp.

Full-time faculty Steven Guarnaccia and Nora Krug, part-time faculty Sergio Ruzzier and Parsons Illustration alumnus Andy Kehoe are feeatured in the book!
Grab your copy here.  Congrats to all involved!

“Hey, Rabbit!” signing and reading this coming Sunday

Please come to the first reading and signing of:

Hey, Rabbit!

A new picture book by Sergio Ruzzier (Parsons Illustration Faculty!)
Sunday, February 28th at 11am

163 Court Street between Pacific and Dean
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY

For more fun, take a look at:

Hey, Rabbit! blog: http://sergioruzzier.blogspot.com

Hey, Rabbit! video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqS8t_suYtE

Hey, Rabbit! web page: http://ruzzier.com/heyrabbit.html

Hey, Rabbit! drawing game: http://ruzzier.com/game.html

Parsons Alum and Faculty at Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair this Saturday

Children’s Book Fair
Saturday, November 21, 12-4 p.m.
The Rubin Pavilion @ Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum presents the third annual Children’s Book Fair, with more than 30 Brooklyn authors and illustrators.

The fair features storybooks, picture books, and graphic novels and will include author readings, a game for children, and light refreshments.


1:00 p.m. John & Wendy, authors of Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu

2.00 p.m. Paul Hoppe, author of Hat

3:00 p.m. Tad Hills, author and illustrator of Duck & Goose

Participating Authors and Illustrators

Selina Alko, Gail Ablow and Kathy Osborn, Phil Bildner, Sophie Blackall, Peter Brown, Michael Buckley, Shana Corey, Lauren Castillo, R.Gregory Christie, Randall de Seve, Buket Erdogan, Zetta Elliott, Emily Goodman, Melanie Hope Greenwald, Isabel T. Hill, Tad Hills, Paul Hoppe, John & Wendy, Nancy Krulik, Kevin Lewis, Laura Ljungkvist, Andres Vera Martinez and Vito Delsante, Meghan McCarthy, Hiroe Nakata, Roxie Munro, Claudia Pearson, Sean Qualls, Sergio Ruzzier (Parsons Illustration Faculty), Shandra Strickland, David Ezra Stein (Parsons Illustration Alum), Lauren Thompson, Dwight Jon Zimmerman.


[Illustration by Peter Brown from The Secret Garden]

Sergio Ruzzier and “Amandina” hit it big!


The Brooklyn Museum

The Rubin Pavillion, 1st Floor
November 15th, 2008


Illustration Part-time Faculty member Sergio Ruzzier will sign copies of his new picture book: AMANDINA.

Here’s a snippet from a review of Amandina:

Using watercolors that range from a deep peach to a liquid cobalt blue, Ruzzier’s palate here is a subdued but colorful collective. And from a visual perspective I was fond of the setting to this tale. Born in Milan, Ruzzier has set this book against an Italian backdrop. The theater she rents “in the old town” is called the “Teatro Ventura”. Later her show seems to incorporate Harlequin elements. And for the record, Amandina’s show really does look splendid. It would be one thing if we were told that Amandina was a special little dog with lots of talent, but to actually see the remarkable show in progress is a special treat. Without much explanation we see that the “fanciful prologue” (again, great turns of phrase here) involves a suitcase that explodes with a smoky column of flowers while Amandina floats above like a butterfly. And then there’s the magic show, the dances from around the world, the acrobatics… who wouldn’t want to see her perform all of this?

Read the rest here.  And if you’re in the mood for more reading, here’s a tidbit from an interview with Sergio:

What exactly is your process when you are illustrating a book? You can start wherever you’d like when answering: getting initial ideas, starting to illustrate, or even what it’s like under deadline, etc. Do you outline a great deal of the book before you illustrate or just let your muse lead you on and see where you end up?

SR: When I am illustrating another author’s text, the process is pretty much always the same: while I read and re-read the manuscript, I draw little rough sketches on the edges. Then I make them a little nicer on a different paper, and I use these more refined sketches to build a dummy. When the dummy is approved by the publisher, I start working on the preparatory drawings, in pencil on plain paper. When I’m happy with the composition, including characters’ expressions, backgrounds, and all the details, I trace the drawing onto a watercolor paper, with the help of a light box. Then I ink the drawing, erase the pencil, and watercolor it.

It’s much more complex and variable when I’m working on my own story. I don’t really have a standard process, and I could start by sketching a character, or writing all or parts of the text, or putting on paper the whole sequence of roughs, spread by spread. Normally, I keep going back and forth between words and pictures. I also waste a lot of time, and often I am at my desk for hours without accomplishing anything. More often, anticipating that I wouldn’t accomplish anything, I go for a walk. Research is always a great excuse to navigate the internet aimlessly. But once I get to the dummy, or at least to a thumbnail storyboard decent enough to be shown to my editor, then I am ready to start with the final drawings…

Catch the rest of that informative interview over here at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.


Pick up your copy of Amandina here!

Congrats to Sergio on the great success of his new publication.

Sergio Ruzzier on Sprayblog


The fine folks over at Spraygraphic’s Sprayblog just posted an interview with Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty Sergio Ruzzier. Here’s a taste:

SG: Describe your working process when creating a new work.

SR: I usually do very few sketches, one or two are often enough. I am lazy. Once I have a clear idea of the composition, I do a detailed preparatory pencil drawing on plain paper. If I’m not happy with some elements (proportions, size, placement…) I sometimes scan that drawing and change stuff with Photoshop. Then, I trace that drawing onto the watercolor paper, ink it, erase the pencil, and finally color it.

SG: What kind of things do you do when you get blocked or find it hard to create something?

SR: Well, I usually get depressed, or restless… I don’t have any particular trick to overcome that. I just waste a lot of time thinking. If there is a deadline, then for some reason I always find the solution at the last minute.

SG: Where are you currently finding your inspiration?

SR: The inspiration can come from everywhere: a sentence I read in a book, or something I see while taking a walk, or a detail in a painting. But often it’s the same old ideas that I keep elaborating in different ways.

SG: Can you tell us a little about your children’s book career. When did you start that kind of work?

SR: When I came to NY I already knew that I wanted to do picture books. So I took my drawings and ideas to children’s book editors and art directors, but initially I was always rejected: they would say my work was too “adult”, “sophisticated”, and “European” (never understood what that means!). Even “disturbing”. There was probably some truth to that. Anyway, I kind of gave up for a while, focusing instead on my editorial work. Later, I met a few editors who believed in my work, and gave me a chance. That’s how I started. Now this is what I mainly do, writing and illustrating children’s books, and I really like it.

SG: In what ways has your books’ art and subject material changed over the years? Do you experiment with different art styles depending on the subject or characters?

SR: I don’t think the nature of my work has changed much over the years. Of course you have to adapt a little to your audience, some themes are very delicate… For example, I would love to do a picture book about death, but you have to find the right way to handle such a subject matter (in order to convince editor, publisher, salespeople, reviewers, booksellers, librarians…)
My art style is always the same, I think. I’m not very good at experimenting. And besides, I feel that if you have a personal style, one that has naturally evolved through the years, well, that’s your way of doing things, and you cannot really force it. It’s like your handwriting. Of course this is how I feel about my own work, but there are some artists (not many) who can handle beautifully different styles and techniques. One great example is Saul Steinberg.

Catch the rest of Sergio’s interview & see more images of his work here.