BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS WITH ANDREA SPARACIO - MFBA SPOTLIGHT

Today on the MFBA Spotlight we have Andrea Sparacio and her project Beautiful Monsters! The MFBA Spotlight highlights a past MFBA student from our online class. Andrea was in our first semester of the class.

Andrea's work is elegant chaos. It's raw and human, yet very clearly sophisticated. It's an extremely difficult balance to strike, but she seems to do it with ease!

In this course, Andrea dug very deep to reveal a deeply personal project, but delivers it with a light hearted approach. It's my pleasure to introduce you to this exciting new project! (P.S. I LOVE THE ANIMATED SKETCHBOOK PAGE!)


1 - Could you give us a brief summary of your ‘story’ AKA who you are, what do you do?

I was created from two great balls of fire and unearthed from a hospital in Manhasset, New York. Today I’m a freelance artist and illustrator living in Brooklyn. I received my BFA in illustration at FIT, though my career took a multidisciplinary route around it—graphic designer for tv & print, home decor writer, photographer, art director—all before coming full circle and landing back where it started. I am currently focusing solely on art and illustration, a place where my true passion resides.

2 - Tell us about 1 or 2 major breakthroughs in your work.

Letting the weird out. For a long time I thought I was supposed to fit in and be ‘normal’ like everybody else. Even though I grew up feeling different, I was fighting with it in a way that I’m only recently beginning to understand. Some people want to be unique and stand out; I strangely wanted to blend in. It took years to discover the enormous strength that being weird and authentic brings, so I’ve since changed my tune. This major breakthrough is playing out in my work right now by exploring sides of myself that I’ve been running from, especially emotionally ugly and tragic things, and the illustrations I’m drawn to making these days are a result of these personal revelations.

Another breakthrough is wanting to see my work transition into more than two-dimensional; I really want to see these illustrations move and tell stories.

3 - Tell us about the project you’ve developed in the class.

Beautiful Monsters is an illustrated column around the topic emotions. Since I was working so much on myself, tackling all these internal monsters, I wanted to draw them out, play with how they look, accept their imperfections. Name them, make them tangible. The project gives room to play and explore this idea while incorporating things I love: weirdos, fashion, psychology, humor.

The title came from an amalgamation of a few cultural favorites: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s biography Savage Beauty (after finding a magical free copy on the curb), this vintage photo of Millicent Patrick’s epic Gill-man that I swoon over, and Husky Rescue’s super pretty song Beautiful My Monster.

4 - What’s your favorite pizza?
Nostalgically, Rosa’s Pizza in Middle Village where my grandma used to live. The ‘red slice’ is like biting into a 1600 thread count pillow made of sauce and cheese. I dream about it.


Check Out Andrea's work and follow her project on social media!

http://artsparrow.com/info/

https://www.instagram.com/artsparrow/

In Andrea's own words:
ANDREA SPARACIO is a freelance artist + illustrator in Brooklyn, NY.

She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in illustration, as well as studying art + design at School of Visual Arts and abroad. She enjoys drawing monsters and is currently teaching herself animation under the careful watch of a tailless cat. Her illustrations are a mixture of gouache + digital.

Body Text with Carolyn Bouchard - MFBA Spotlight

Next up in our MFBA student spotlight we have Carolyn Bouchard! Carolyn's embroidered lettering is breathtaking and sophisticated, yet human. Carolyn did a phenomenal job developing a project that captured how this work could easily translate into a much larger campaign. I can't wait to see a major company use her ability to customize their message with a needle and thread!


1 - Could you give us a brief summary of your ‘story’ AKA who you are, what do you do?

I am a graphic designer with a fine art background. I have had an almost lifelong interest in sewing, and have experience in tailoring, fabric sculptures, and making embroidered, kind of Nudie Cohn-style stage clothes. I am now seeking to combine my love of embroidery with my knowledge of design through stitched lettering. I am currently working on developing my skills and my voice in this area through a long term stitched lettering project I developed while in the CPT MFBA class.

2 - Tell us about 1 or 2 major breakthroughs in your work?

The first would have to be realizing that the sewing that I am passionate about can merge with, and benefit from, my experience as a graphic designer, and make something more interesting than either of the two on their own. A second would be that stitched lettering was the way to accomplish this, and that it has value that something purely digital does not. The third would be the realization in the MFBA class that stitched lettering on clothing wouldn't have to be about the actual piece of clothing, but could be about the image of the lettering on clothing.

3 - Tell us about the project you’ve developed in the class.

My project is titled "Body Text," and is an embroidered lettering project exploring our complicated relationship with clothing. I plan to make one piece per month throughout all of 2017 (and maybe beyond, if I don't feel like I've said everything I want to say?) Topics will include facts about the clothing industry, simple mending and repairing techniques, money saving, and our fascination with brand names, sizing, and body image.

4 - What’s your favorite pizza?

Hawaiian!!! Everyone acts like they don't like it until it's there, then they want to eat it all :)


Check Out Carolyn's work and follow her project on social media!

https://www.carolynbouchard.com/

https://www.instagram.com/carolyn_bouchard/

In Carolyn's own words:
I am a New York-based graphic designer that sews. I specialize in stitched lettering and designy-illustration.

Mr Breakfast AKA Tim Lampe - MFBA Spotlight

This is a new feature on the Creative Pep Talk blog where I'll feature a student from my MFBA online course and the project they developed for the class.

Meet art director and multidisciplinary designer Tim Lampe aka Mr. Breakfast. Tim was so essential to the first semester of the Creative Pep Talk MFBA online course. He gave important incite and feedback to the other students and to me! Tim's unique take on optimism and quirky humor shine through everything he makes. It was a joy to watch him dig deep and take his work to the next level!


1 - Could you give us a brief summary of your ‘story’ AKA who you are, what do you do?

I’m Tim Lampe, also known as Mr. Breakfast (just go with it), a casual professional. I’m based in Atlanta, a SCAD graduate and have worked full time for CNN and MailChimp. I’m currently a freelance art director specializing in multidisciplinary work that speaks of feelings and hopefully resonates with brands and consumers. Some selected freelance clients include Slack, Samsung, Netflix, Target, Yik Yak and Tumblr. I’m obsessed with breakfast and I made a project with ice cream sandwiches. I am ready to embrace our world of content creation. 

2 - Tell us about 1 or 2 major breakthroughs in your work.

The biggest thing was realizing how much I think about death and how that surfaces in the work I do. It’s not intentionally about the act of dying, but the rush to create work fast and realizing the absurdity of internet culture when there’s bigger things at stake. The second is a process with client work of creating a joke design first as a means to get loose, but realizing that doing a joke design first can be beneficial to my process. There is genuine expression in that work, and I realized working that into my process made the final work better. I try not to tell clients that I start by creating jokes. 

3 - Tell us about the project you’ve developed in the class.

I’ve been wanting to make a print project for some time that expressed my love for breakfast and the insanity of social media and self-promotion. I decided to work death into there as well, so it’s sort of death, breakfast and curated culture. The project is a satire publication around breakfast featuring original writing, illustrations and photos. Throughout the class I worked on broad expressions of what kind of voice I wanted to express in this magazine. It’s a big collaborative project so I’m past the outline stage and am in the middle of executing on the photo pieces I want and getting illustrations and writing from others. I hope to have a prototype ready in the next month or two. 

4 - What’s your favorite pizza?

This is a real pizza that actually exists in Atlanta but it’s a macaroni and cheese and bacon pizza. It’s a slice the size of your head, loaded up with mac and cheese on top and sprinkled with bacon. It’s an entire meal in a slice of pizza. I highly recommend it. 


Check Out Tim's work and follow his project on social media!

http://www.timlampe.com/

www.instagram.com/timlampe/

Tim in his own words:
I create things that tell stories and celebrate life.
I also eat ice cream sandwiches.

Classy brands, innovative start-ups, cultural institutions and storytellers alike work with me because of my clever approach to ideas, classic design know-how, and sincere approach to creative output.  I also made a thing about Ice Cream Sandwiches you may have heard of. 

MotionPictures with Matt Dunne - MFBA Spotlight

'Hidden Figures' by Matt Dunne as part of the his new project 'MotionPictures'

'Hidden Figures' by Matt Dunne as part of the his new project 'MotionPictures'

This is a new feature on the Creative Pep Talk blog where I'll feature a student from my MFBA online course and the project they developed for the class.

To kick things off we have the wonderful Matt Dunne! Matt is an animator / illustrator who specializes in .gifs. Matt is a super good dude. I loved having in our group. He's very easy going and generally just a great dude to have around / to work with. Read below to find out about his new weekly project 'MotionPictures'.


1 - Could you give us a brief summary of your ‘story’ AKA who you are, what do you do?

Sure! My name is Matt Dunne. I'm 24 and I live in Denver, CO. I'm originally from the Chicago area, and I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2014 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Since graduating, I have primarily worked as a freelance animator and illustrator with studios/clients like: Legwork Studio, Spillt, Taco Bell, Allstate, OTHER Studio, Narrative.ly, and Big Teeth Productions. 

In my spare time, I am generally re-watching The Office, reading Kurt Vonnegut books, going to the movies, or playing bass guitar.

'Fantastic Beasts'

2 - Tell us about 1 or 2 major breakthroughs in your work.

I think a major breakthrough that I had during the class has just been growing more confident in my work and myself. Sometimes I get imposter syndrome, or feel like everyone else around me is more skilled than I am, but now I'm starting to understand where I can fit into the creative community and what my strengths are. 

'Rogue One'

'Rogue One'

3 - Tell us about the project you’ve developed in the class.

The project I came up with in the class is called "MotionPictures". In 2017 I'll be seeing a movie every week in theatres and making a looping GIF about it (along with a short review) that will be posted on my instagram and tumblr. I just finished my first month doing it (along with few a test ones I did at the end of 2016) and its been a ton of fun so far. Please follow along if you'd like!

'Split'

'Split'

4 - What’s your favorite pizza?

Without question, Giordano's in Chicago. I was raised on deep dish pizza and it will always be a favorite. 


Check Out Matt's work and follow his project on social media!

matthewbdunne.com

instagram.com/matt_dunne

dunnedesign.tumblr.com

Matt in his own words:
I’m an animator + illustrator based in Denver, CO. I'm a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and was a member of the first Creative Pep Talk MFBA program. I'm currently working as a freelancer and in my spare time work on MotionPictures, a side-project where I see a new movie every week in 2017 and make a GIF about it.