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Words and Pictures Has Moved!

January 29, 2014

Hello! We’ve moved over to a new blog:

Pardon any aesthetic issues you may find. We are in the process of fixing tweaks. Thanks!


Parsons Alum Sophia Chang joins forces with PUMA and Steve Madden!

November 14, 2013

The following images are of the “Next Starts Now” collection in which Sophia Chang collaborated with PUMA as well as illustrations for Steve Madden Magazine’s favorite places of  NY and LA !

Visit her site at


Find Out the Process Behind the “Virgin Mobile Office Murals” with George Bates Studio

November 14, 2013

Below is only a fraction of the amazing work by George Bates Studio in executing the Virgin Mobile Office Murals. To learn more about the backstory and process of this project or to simply just take a gander at the rest of the photos of their work, visit the blog to read the full post at

Luis Nazario in the New York Times!

November 13, 2013

Look out for senior student, Luis Nazario‘s wonderful illustration on the New York Times letter’s page tomorrow morning! Thank you to art director, Alexandra Zsigmond, who worked with our students on this competitive assignment, and full-time faculty member Steven Guarnaccia, for initiating the project!final NYTimesc

NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium w/ T Edward Bak – 11/18

November 12, 2013



T Edward Bak speaks on the natural history and works which inspire and inform the narrative of his book, Island of Memory: Volume 1 of WILD MAN – The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller, The author’s presentation on process, research, and travel experiences will be followed by an audience Q&A.

The sixty-seventh meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.


T Edward Bak teaches and lectures on comics in the Pacific Northwest, where he studies Environmental Studies. He was the 2007 Center for Cartoon Studies Fellow and is the cartoonist of Service Industry, and WILD MAN – The Natural History of Georg Wilhelm Steller. His stories appear in The Graphic Canon, The Best American Comics, MOME, and Drawn & Quarterly Showcase. A native of Colorado, he often migrates throughout North America but usually resides in Portland, Oregon.


Student of the Week: Josie Stevenson

November 11, 2013

This week’s student of the week is Josie Stevenson. Dealing with subtle subjects through various methods such as printmaking, drawing, and painting, Josie’s works tend to be on the edge of Fine arts and illustration.

Scroll down to view a sample of her work and artist statement:

Josie Stevenson, Jane x Josie (pages 16 – 17), Artist’s Books: Narrative, Aurora De Armendi


Josie Stevenson, Sunbathers, Thesis 1, Jordin Isip


Josie Stevenson, Holes, Sketchbook Warehouse, Mu Pan


Artist Statement:

Thematically, I’m drawn to such motifs as voyeurism, preservation and documentation. In approaching my work, my concern typically lies in conveying a sentiment or mood rather than a concrete narrative. Abstracted, textured and patterned elements all figure heavily in my illustrations. I typically work in ink, watercolor, gouache and acrylic although recently I’ve been getting into bookmaking as well.

To see more of Josie’s work, be sure to check out her website at:

Student of the Week: Mary Rockcastle

November 6, 2013

This week’s student of the week is Mary Rockcastle. Primarily a digital illustrator, Mary also makes prints, paintings, and multimedia works.

Scroll down to view a sample of her work and artist statement:

Mary Rockcastle, Mystical Grrrl Print, Relief Printmaking, Martin Mazorra


Mary Rockcastle, Trouble, Illustrative Painting, Gavin Speilman


Mary Rockcastle, Timid Creatures, Personal


Artist Statement:

My work revolves around topics of female sexuality and bending the perception of gender as a binary concept. Inspired by photographers like Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman, I try to incorporate their inspiring and honest self portraiture into my work while creating something more illustrative for a commercial audience. I work in a number of mediums, but mostly revolve between oil painting, digital painting, and a combination of ink and watercolor. I enjoy creating shocking or thought provoking work with soft aesthetics in order to create a vital juxtaposition that keeps me sane. My goal is to eventually to find work that combines my love for storytelling and gender studies in order to inform an audience

To see more of Mary’s work, be sure to check out her portfolio at:


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