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ON LOCATION

Italy 2016

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.

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FINAL PROJECT

Directed Projects

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.

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FINAL PROJECT

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.

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MAP

 
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POSTCARDS

 
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ZINE

 
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FINAL PROJECT

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.

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FINAL PROJECT

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.

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Sketches:

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PROMO

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. 

 
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Photo by @fitmfaillo

Photo by @fitmfaillo

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Vague Concepts

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."

 
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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.

 
 

 

FINAL PROJECT

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. 

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ASSIGNMENT

Choose a Concept, Choose an Symbol

March 03, 2016

From a list of concepts and symbols, I chose 'greedy' and 'astronaut.'

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EXERCISE

On Location: Rockefeller Center

March 01, 2016

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EXERCISE

On Location: Grand Central Station

February 16, 2016

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ASSIGNMENT

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

 
 
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ASSIGNMENT

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.

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Shirley Temple in the style of Dr. Seuss

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Judy Garland in the style of Rene Bouche

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Julie Andrews in the style of Al Hirschfeld

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Barbra Streisand in the style of Milton Glaser

 

 

ASSIGNMENT

Pick a Theme, Fill a Sketchbook

December 15, 2015

 
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EXERCISE

Inside/Outside

October 03, 2015

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EXERCISE

Draw Hands & Feet

October 01, 2015

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ASSIGNMENT

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.

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