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What’s New, Pussycat.

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Some changes & updates: I am using a beautiful new WordPress theme; so in love with this design! The navigation menu is now on the left. My updated portfolio page on this site is under works (I currently use Behance). During the Wordpress maintenance my website was down for a bit, though there will still be ongoing tweaks. In the meantime, I have been using Tumblr for all my updates; check it out here. tumblr_nbajrbXMCN1qc70pdo1_1280 copy Tim challenged me to let my curls dry natural for 7 days, then I turned it into an art project on Instagram. It may not sound like a big deal, but I have been fighting the curls for a long time. You can read about it here.

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And speaking of Instagram, I rarely used it and I’m not the most savvy when it comes to “likes” and “followers” (I often toy with the idea of deleting Facebook). Then one day I had over 900 followers on Instagram and couldn’t figure out why. I jokingly told my friends I was being spammed and would return down to zero shortly. Ha! Turns out, I was featured on Buzzfeed and didn’t even know it. An old art school friend messaged me and asked if I has seen the article, which totally explains the Instagram mystery. A great big thank you to fellow artist Melissa Mendillo, Daniel Dalton from Buzzfeed, and new Instagram friends. I am very grateful!

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Though I don’t freelance in-house with Katie anymore, we always keep in touch. She hired me to redesign The Office of Katie Osborn’s website, which includes WordPress, custom photography, and new site graphics. The Randall’s Island graphics we designed together last year are finally up too; check out a few of these beauties:

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I love all things animals. Instead of having kids, I want to keep having (metaphoric) wild creatures! This year’s Renegade Craft Fair purchase included a cheetah ring, and I wear my animal necklaces on a near-daily basis. I rebranded my logo to include a magenta sparrow, and recently in a dream I pet a tiger full on the face. The animals are getting bigger…the tigers keep on purring and roaring.

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In sad news, Robin William’s death hit me pretty hard.

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

I am lucky enough to believe you, John Keating. Read more from my Robin Williams tribute here.

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Summer is ending, fall is beginning, and I can feel change in the air. Aside from the website design for Katie, I am moving design to the side and narrowing in on my passion: illustration. I was successful being a Jack-of-all-trades, but I need to more aggressively pursue what I always sought out to be. Upcoming illustration projects include PBS and Slice Literary.

Lastly, I am being featured in a photo project on illustrators living in or around New York City. I’m super excited! The photos will be exhibited at The Hold Artspace in Brisbane, Australia. More to follow!

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all photos + illustrations © 2014  Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow), except for photo 1 © 2014 Adam Saul

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June Updates + New Weekly Comics.

This month I returned to my old Fashion Institute roots and freelanced at Juicy Couture sketching handbags for Juicy + Cole Haan. I also assisted with summer 2015 concepts; what fun! Here are my sketches of some older items (can’t show anything unreleased).

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I have been completely obsessed with Game of Thrones, and since Sunday was the finale, I made my own comic countdown. I also used this as a great excuse to return to drawing weekly comics, just for fun. You can follow my comics on Tumblr here: artsparrowcomics.com.

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In addition to Game of Thrones comics, I started drawing character portraits again. Below is Tyrion Lannister, one of my favorite characters in the series, while the background birds I borrowed from my own unfinished Arya painting.

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And who could forget James Bolenbaugh back in March? His apartment is an absolute masterpiece, and I’m also proud of the portrait I shot of James that reminded AT commenters of a painting.

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My logo design package for Studio 88 (ie. Principal Architect, Argiris Giorgou) is now complete. Argiris hasn’t officially launched his new branding, so I can’t show the logo just yet, but more design to follow. So here is a random sketch + gouache palette that have nothing to do with anything:

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illustration + comics + photography © 2014 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow)

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Inside the Portrait Studio: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I.

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Sunday I fell in love with artist Jennifer Horn’s Google Doodle in honor of Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday. It also gave me a great excuse to get back to my own illustrated Breakfast at Tiffany’s series. My first sketch (above) is inspired from the Five & Dime scene (animal masks!) and will be illustrated in gouache. More art from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s series to follow.quote48282163_PRiDwatx_c

And since I am interiors-obsessed, one of my favorite onscreen NYC apartments is Holly Golightly’s minimalistic one-bedroom. I love the set design so much; the pops of fuchsia, zebra rug, milk crates…and of course her incredible bathtub love seat!!

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sketch © 2014 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); movie scenes © 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Illustration Friday: Zodiac.

IF_Zodiac_artsparrow_sketch_2The Illustration Friday challenge for 4.11.14 is “zodiac.” Above is my submission!

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My initial idea was something like the quick sketch below, but I didn’t have a chance to paint it. It originated from reading that Tim (Capricorn) and my (Aries) astrological signs were deemed “the most incompatible signs in all astrology.” Take that, zodiac!

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illustration © 2014 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); IF logo © 2014 Illustration Friday

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Feature in IKEA Magazine.

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The digital editor for IKEA found my blog and asked to feature me in their magazine. Exciting!! I’m so used to featuring other people on Apartment Therapy, so it was nice to see my own home online. The photos are back from November, before I bought a better camera lens, so I’m trying not to cringe (ha). Here’s a link to the full article.

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Another article of mine will be highlighted soon featuring just my home art studio. Here’s a little sneak peek:

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photos © 2013-2014 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); Living in Brooklyn © 2014 IKEA article

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Eye Spy: My Thrifted Glasses in Rue Magazine.

While on the mend from this nagging cold that’s been going around during the last days of winter, I’ve either been laying in bed, feverishly working on freelance, taking a break to watch a few grim episodes of Breaking Bad, or collecting pretty pictures on Pinterest. I came across something that really peaked my interest:

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This past summer, I found an $8 thrift score that had me swooning: sculptured black metal eyeglasses hidden behind random knickknacks in Housing Works, Brooklyn:

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I was so giddy over my weird little find, though I had no backstory as to where they came from; did someone hand make these? I pictured an art student welding them for a workshop then tossing them out after the class was over.

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Turns out, HGTV Stylist + Lifestyle guru Kelley Moore had the same piece in her house tour for Rue Magazine/October 2012. I even tried color coding our books too back in 2011, similar to the Pinterest photo here, though I returned to a grayer palette. Creative minds thinks alike, and I’m happy to be creatively on par with Kelley Moore any day!

photo 1 © 2012 Michelle Drewes via Rue Magazinephoto 2 + 3 © 2013-2014 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow)

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Design + Illustration: Wedding Invitations.

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My latest design + illustration: invitations for Kristen’s wedding. We used the below Anthropologie dress for our color palette, along with some sketches of my leaves and gold inked lace:

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And for more wedding fun, my photobooth ladystache!

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design + illustrations © 2013-2014 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); Paillette Flutter Mini Dress © 2012 Anthropologie; white lilies © 2009  Strolling Through Georgia

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