Tablet Magazine


Art + Illustration


“Inspiration in the Form of an Empty Freezer.” Tablet Magazine. 2015 © Andrea Sparacio

I filled in as Art Director for Tablet Magazine once again – love these guys so much! I felt an animated .gif would best illustrate the article Inspiration in the Form of an Empty Freezer; Margot Kahn takes over her grandmother’s rugelach recipe when the frozen supply ran out, one year after her grandmother’s passing.


Tablet had also contacted me back in March to illustrate this Vox podcast article, which turned out to be one of my favorite illustrations to date. I strangely enjoyed the mix of love + chaos created at family gatherings:

Tablet Magazine. 2015 © Andrea-Sparacio

“We’ll Be Here All Night.” Tablet Magazine. 2015 © Andrea Sparacio

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“Summer Reading.” Tablet Magazine. 2015 © Andrea Sparacio Follow Tablet on Instagram


Fellas, Can I Get Some Coffee?


Art + Illustration

work in progress © Andrea Sparacio via Instagram

As Peggy walked down the hallways of McCann-Erickson on her first day of work since the merger – with Bert Cooper’s old painting of an octopus pleasuring a lady tucked under one arm – she certainly sent a message. She has come a long way, Peggy Olson. And though it’s hard to say goodbye, I know good things definitely await her.

concept sketch © Andrea Sparacio via Instagram

The series finale was a good motivator to create some updated art; a follow-up to my 2012’s The Women of Mad Men illustrationsAnd just like the character of Peggy, my illustration style has evolved over the years.

“you have to run with this! it’s young! and it’s beautiful! and no one else is going to figure out how to say that about beans.” – Peggy olson

I was busy on a work deadline this weekend so I couldn’t finish my gouache painting. In the meantime, here are some work in progress pics.

work in progress © Andrea Sparacio via Instagram

“one minute you’re on top of the world, the next minute some secretary’s running you over with a lawn mower.” – joan holloway

Farewell, Mad Men! You will be missed.

Alice Neel + The Secret Scatological Thoughts of Kerouac


Art + Illustration / Inspiration


Alice Neel is one of my favorite figurative artists, so I was excited to see her Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 at the David Zwirner gallery last week.


When I was younger, I bought a grainy VHS copy of Pull My Daisy just for her background cameo (this was pre-internet, which you can now watch for free on Vimeo). Their Bowery loft was exactly how I pictured artists living together in the lower east side back in the 1950’s.

Allen Ginsberg + Gregory Corso drinking beer and reading poetry before breakfast (or as breakfast) with the improvised narration of Jack Kerouac’s voiceover makes me melt:

“they turn over their little purple moonlight pages in which their naked doodlings do show secret scatological thought and thats why everybody wants to see it.”

In the spirit of throwbacks and freeform, my unfinished sketch of Alice Neel from many years ago,; and in the spirt of National Poetry Month, the exquisite corpse poem that started it all.

pull my daisy

tip my cup all

my doors are open

cut my thoughts

for coconuts

all my eggs are broken

jack my arden

gate my shades

woe my road is spoken

silk my garden

rose my days, now my prayers awaken.

Spring Ahead


Art + Illustration / The Sketchbook Project


For my birthday this month – with snow on the ground three days into spring – we headed upstate to do two of my favorite things: thrifting + eating. I am much more selective when I thrift shop now, bringing back only a few affordable gems. Here are my curated purchases; the most expensive item being a $12 raccoon skull:


Below are my handpicked cast of characters for finishing up The Sketchbook Project illustrations. So exciting!


* shops: Goodwill • Hodge Podge • Salvation Army • White Whale

WordPressed in Winter


Art + Illustration


I’ve been in hibernation mode this winter. Glued to my screen, I travelled a little too far down the WordPress rabbit hole. I’ve been there before. My venture into the self-hosted platform began years ago when I wanted my own blog, when the free version of WordPress wouldn’t cut it anymore. The obsession started slowly, wanting to control a widget here and there, but my customization wants never stopped and the descent into WordPress madness truly began.


Since my head has been lost inside the platform this winter (2 clients + my own site), I’ve wanted to make some art about it. So the artist has taken over today in order to draw you some pictures. And apparently, this artist wants green shoes too.


source: photo 1

Happy New Year!


The Sketchbook Project


This is an exciting time to reevaluate our lives and set goals. For me, it’s about accountability in 2015. I am a good worker, accountable to others when they need me. Admittedly though, I am not as accountable to myself. For some reason, when doing things just for me, I’m a little all over the place. It’s easy to slip when you work from home most of the day (the only overseeing pair of eyes being the cat’s).

Case in point, I have signed up for The Sketchbook Project before and never completed it. I keep a personal sketchbook regularly; my sacred place of both inner calm and sketchy rage; the place I can draw whatever I want without judgement. I couldn’t bring myself to share that kind of vulnerability with the world back in 2012, yet its incompleteness still haunts me.


When Tim asked me what I do just for fun, I came up empty. I hadn’t given fun much thought lately. Ask my Dad what he did on his day off and he’ll say you, “organized my receipts.” Like father, like daughter.

So I am holding myself accountable. In order to become a better freelancer, maybe even a better person, I need to do fun things just for me too. I signed up for The Sketchbook Project 2015 for this very reason, and my book has just arrived in the mail!

How do you hold yourself accountable?