Monika Maniecki, Faculty, to lecture at Society of Illustrators

Well, the Society of Illustrators in New York, our dear friends and colleagues, are some smart peeps. Following the success of our own what’s hAPPening lecture, featuring faculty member Monika Maniecki, MFA ’11, and illustrator Laura Tallardy, Anelle Miller, director SI, and MFA faculty member, invited Monika and Laura to SI to repeat the event. Monika is a digital painting whiz, and will demonstrate the magic that she creates on her IPad. And it does not end there- Monika also was invited to lecture at the Apple Store! Stay tuned for info-

You do us proud, Monika!

Stephen Gardner: MFA ’11 Launches Line of BarArt!

Stephen Gardner had long adopted NYC as his home from across the pond when he found us in 2005. Already an accomplished illustrator, Stephen joined the MA program in 2005 for its inaugural class and immediately combined two of his favorite pastimes- drawing and well, as an Englishman, hanging out in bars. His journey has been an exciting one- going on to complete his MFA at FIT, and now, he has launched his own line of products at Zazzle!  Congratulations, Steve! We are so happy to see you so happy and so fulfilled- in so many ways! So, buy up, everyone and raise one of Steve’s mugs! Here is Steve’s story, in his own words:
Some you you might know that I have been working on a series of bar paintings and drawings since 2005. It all began with keeping a sketchbook for Melanie’s class and snowballed from there, throughout the MA and then, the MFA,I have kept this theme going and growing. In many ways I still feel like II’m working on my capstone project two years after graduation, indeed that what the capstone project is for.
I have to credit my wife Angie for setting up Zazzle store for me. It grew out of Angie wanting to put my images on mugs and a calendar is a birthday girt for me (50, wow!). She posted a photo of the mugs of Facebook and we immediately started to get orders! We then set a the Zazzle store and people have started to orders mugs, cards and calendars. For me, it has been a shot in the arm-I’ve been working on these images in isolation and being able to put them out there in tangible form feel great. 
We are now in the throws of putting together a “Kickstarter” campaign that should launch in the early part of next year, so stay tuned!
This whole experience and direction are a direct result of my studies at FIT, quite simply, the best gift I ever gave myself.”

Stephen may have graduated, but is never far from FIT. Not only is he a frequent guest speaker to our MFA classes, but he now teaches in the undergraduate Illustration department-your gift to us!
Check out Stephen’s store here!


Drawings, Drawings, Everywhere! Bill Martin at FIT

We have been privileged to have had great guest speakers this past semester. Take a look at our studio- not a bare spot to be had as draftsman extraordinaire Bill Martin visited with us from way out in New Jersey one sunny fall Saturday. Martin truly draws like a dream and brought, literally, hundreds of his reportage drawings to share with our first year students, who are in the midst of their own semester long reportage assignment. You can see the awe and pleasure that the work brought. Bill was inspiring as he shared his philosophy and even, a little demo. After that, we all hoofed it up to Times Square, where we tackled the crowds, drawing it all! Thank you, Bill!

Faculty Member Rudy Gutierrez is busy! New, great work and interview!

It is hard to keep faculty member Rudy Gutierrez from slowing down.
Rudy, who teaches Narrative Art is the consummate story-teller. Equally well-known as a wonderful painter, illustrator, educator, lecuturer
and lover of music, take a look at what Rudy has been up to lately-
everything that he loves and does is happening all together! Rudy’s newest illustrated picture book has  just been released-Spirit Seeker- John Coltrane’s Musical Journey by Gary Golio .
The paintings are rich and beautiful.Check out the interview with Rudy at Kidsbiographer.
You can buy the book here.
That’s not all- Rudy has been chatting about his career at the University of Delaware
and.. another book illustrated book has been published!
When I Get Older: The Story Behind “Wavin’ Flag” by K”NAAN and Sol Sol. You can buy
the book here.
Oh and then, there is Rolling Stone~ We love it all, Rudy!


The MFA in Illustration had an incredible visit from Society of Illustrators Gold Medal award winner Marcos Chin. Marcos actually came in to do a bit of an interview role-play with our thesis bound students-turned out that he was a bit too nice to play the difficult interviewee and instead, showered us with tons of information! Afterwards, he stayed on and showed his work, self promo-pieces and his new silkscreened tee shirts. Marcos is really generous-
we reaped the benefits of some
give-aways- and so much fun to
be around.
Thank you, Marcos!!!

MFA Thesis Reading: Marguerite Dabaie, MFA ’13 on Women in Middle Eastern Comics: RESCHEDULED! Now on Dec. 5!

Marguerite Dabaie, who in May 2012 completed her thesis, “Women in Middle-Eastern Comics,” will explain her thesis-writing journey, from her initial idea, through her research  to the unique opportunities that have arisen since completion. She will also read a passage from her thesis and encourage everyone that completing one is indeed, possible!

Open to MFA students
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 6pm  SF 102
If you are from the FIT community and would like to attend, please email


Chad Wallace, MFA ’11, Goes Digital and Under the Sea

We just heard from MFA grad Chad Wallace-his new book is beautiful and all digital-
complete with an animated trailer created by Chad!
Seahorses” by Jennifer Keats Curtis is my first digitally rendered book for children.  My experience in the Master of Fine Arts program at FIT has given me the skills required to stay current in a quickly changing field.  This includes animating the first few pages of the book to be used as a promotional trailer.  It’s a first step into a larger world as I explore the potential of moving/interactive e-books.”–Chad Wallace

Check out the trailer!

what’s hAPPening? Lecture!

Monika Maniecki, MFA alum ’11 and now, MFA faculty, will speak on Tuesday night, Oct. 16 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre on her love for painting on her IPad. She has mastered the art of using ART RAGE and will share it with us. Monika will share the stage with illustrator Laura Tallardy, who has illustrated AND developed her own app, Mermaid Fashion Show. Laura has the whole how-to in a very revealing and generous presentation on how she conceived, designed, illustrated and sold her app! The FIT community is welcome!  6-8 pm. Light refreshments!