Visual Thesis Underway
November 30, 2017
The third (and last year) of my MFA is underway so I've been heavily focusing on my visual thesis project. Not ready to share all the details, but here are some sneak peeks as to where it's going.
August 02, 2017
This summer, as part of one of our required courses, our class took a trip to Los Angeles to meet with various creatives. We met about 20 artists and had a chance to look at their art up close and learn more about their processes. Our assignment for the class was to come back to New York and create a project inspired by one or more of the artists that we met. I was really intrigued by the artists doing sculptural work so I decided to make something that was 3D, personal, and functional. Take a look at my project below as well as some fun pictures from the trip.
PHOTOS FROM THE TRIP
June 02, 2017
We traversed the streets of New York for some urban sketching. Here are some of my favorites.
See the World!
May 20, 2017
I wrote (and designed) a thesis paper! Driven by my love for travel, I chose to do my Written Thesis on the illustrated travel poster and its influence on contemporary illustration. It was a two-year process that culminated into a 35,787-word paper over 130 pages long.
Read the first two chapters here.
May 01, 2017
In our Expanding Your Artistic Voice class we were tasked with creating an illustration project inspired by our neighborhoods. I chose to build 3D letters and depict NYC's various neighborhoods, with a special emphasis on mine.
March 28, 2017
Our second project in our Expanding Your Artistic Voice class involved collaborating with an art director from BuzzFeed. We were tasked with creating a series of comics based on a theme. I decided to further develop my "From New York With Hate" idea through this project.
February 27, 2017
Our first project in our Expanding Your Artistic Voice class was to create an illustration inspired by something that "makes us us." I chose to do a print inspired by my Mexican American heritage. The pattern is based on the belief of giving and curing "Ojo," or the evil eye, in which rubbing an egg all over the sick person's body and cracking it into a glass of water is involved.
November 14, 2016
PAVE, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership, and our graduate program collaborated to show how the visual arts can enhance retail design. We each received a blank mannequin and our goal was to paint an illustration on it inspired by Vera Bradley's Havana Rose pattern. The mannequins were toured across the country, set up in various retail stores, and prominently displayed in Macy's Herald Square windows. To read more about the collaboration, go here.
October 31, 2016
Our first major project in our Illustration in Motion class was to create a short stop-motion animation. I had a lot of fun making the character out of styrofoam and papier-mâché.
October 16 - 21, 2016
Our assignment in our Creative Writing for Illustrators class was to illustrate a comic depicting each of our days for one week. This is also my first attempt at making comics.
July 07, 2016
Italy remains as one of my favorite places on earth, so what better way to spend the summer than a 12-day trip to the country of pasta, coffee, and gelato. Grand touring from Milan to Florence...to Rome...to a 3-night stay in Cinque Terre, here are some of my sketches depicting the trip.
June 03, 2016
For our summer class, we met for an intensive two weeks where we worked on projects based on prompts. Below are my final projects: the first is a different take on an original story (one that I ideated in a different class) where a bear befriends a girl, and the second is based on an article about men who struggle to fit inside society's notions of masculinity.
From New York, With Hate
May 16, 2016
Our final project for our Narrative Art class was a true treat. It was treated almost as a mini visual thesis as it was a self-initiated project that we worked on for about two-thirds of the entire semester. The project had to be robust enough and manageable enough to span that course of time, and it had to culminate into a cohesive body of illustration pieces. For my project, titled "From New York, With Hate," I chose to create a novelty, true-to-New-York-City-inspired mailer, which included three post cards, a 10-spread zine, two pin buttons, a fold-out map, and an illustrated envelope. All pieces contained humor, a bit of sass, and my perspective on the city.
A Bear Meets a Girl
May 12, 2016
For our Integrating Digital with Traditional Media class, our final project involved creating a series of three images based on a theme or concept. I chose to depict the story of a tiny girl who meets a giant bear in a forest, and end up spending a fun day together. While small in stature, she is more of the "wild" one, while he is more curious and docile. The narrative uses a his perspective/her perspective approach to guide you through the story.
TX > NY
May 10, 2016
Our final project for our Exploring Media class involved illustrating two pieces. The only requirements were that they had to be done in acrylic and be directed toward a specific market in illustration. I chose to do some fun, travel-inspired pieces, which I could see living in a magazine, on merchandise, or even as spreads in a children's book. What I learned? Acrylic is not my medium and that's ok.
Characters for FIT MFA Book Giveaway
April 02, 2016
For the 2016 MoCCA Arts Festival, third-year MFA students at FIT spearheaded a booklet giveaway to feature illustrations from all students in our program. You can see my submissions below as well as to how they were incorporated into the final piece.
March 31, 2016
From a list of open-ended assignments, I chose to illustrate a book cover for The Shining by Stephen King.
Prompt: "Capture the emotional tone of the story and stay clear of the movie, please."
For my solution, Jack Torrance stands solitarily inside one of the Overlook Hotel's grand rooms, casting a long, ominous shadow that stands in for the "I" in the book's title. Much like the effect that it's had on Jack, the room appears dangerous and unstable. Through the windows, the winter storm begins to overtake the hotel and much of Jack's mind.
A Circle Goes to Paris
March 14, 2016
For our first Exploring Media final, we were tasked with creating a series of 5 illustrations based on a theme. I chose to dive into the children's book market (uncharted waters for me) and illustrate 5 spreads from a story I ideated about a circle who goes to Paris. At the beginning of the narrative, we find a happy little circle making his way to the City of Light. Around him, we see all of his favorite things: sunglasses, camera, hat... all things composed of circles. When he arrives to Paris, however, he discovers that there are no circles in sight (everything is made of triangles and squares), making him sad and distraught. The poor circle begins to question if he fits in. As the story progresses (and with a little boost in confidence), the circle realizes that there are circles to be seen in Paris, he just had to stay positive and not give up. The story ends with him fully content and enjoying his lunch.
Choose a Concept, Choose an Symbol
March 03, 2016
From a list of concepts and symbols, I chose 'greedy' and 'astronaut.'
On Location: Rockefeller Center
March 01, 2016
On Location: Grand Central Station
February 16, 2016
Interpret a Quote
February 15, 2016
"Man's inhumanity to man has received a lot of press, but man's inhumanity to animals is worse, by far, if such a thing can be imagined. It is remarkable that animals will have anything to do with us." -David V. Barrett
Learn from the Masters
December 18, 2015
In History of American Illustration, we were asked to illustrate four figures in the style of iconic illustrators. The one rule was that the figures had to be thematically related to each other. I chose to illustrate singer/actresses in film.
Shirley Temple in the style of Dr. Seuss
Judy Garland in the style of Rene Bouche
Julie Andrews in the style of Al Hirschfeld
Barbra Streisand in the style of Milton Glaser
Pick a Theme, Fill a Sketchbook
December 15, 2015
October 03, 2015
Draw Hands & Feet
October 01, 2015
Sophia Petrillo Meets Edward Hopper
August 29, 2015
My MFA in Illustration program kicked off this week with Digital Bootcamp, a four-day workshop designed to acclimate us to the pace of graduate studies. I met my cohorts (a small, talented, and diverse group of eight whom I’ll be spending the next three years with) and worked on a CINTIQ tablet for the first time. Our project for the week involved taking some of our favorite characters from literature, film, or television and reimagining them in a new setting. Naturally, I chose the Golden Girls. I originally set out to transplant them into a French Rococo-inspired landscape, but my process quickly took a bit of an Edward Hopper turn. Time limitations only allowed me to fully execute one illustration, but see all sketches and final below.