I’m gonna wrap up the Píccolo Field Trip today with a couple of studios that Lisa and I visited over the last two days of our trip. Again, we were in Brooklyn and saw the spaces of Jen Mussari and Nick Iluzada, who work in Studiomates and the Pencil Factory, respectively. Both were welcoming and showed us around. The two communal spaces were very different, with Jen’s desk and Studiomates being tidy with modern decor. Nick’s studio in the Pencil Factory, by contrast, was full of stuff. Not only his artwork, but a prized paper cutter and risograph (jealous!).
Jen is an illustrator and letterer, and her desk shows development and sketching for multiple lettering projects. She draws her type by hand, and is currently perfecting a brush script lettering as well as copperplate script calligraphy. A majority of her current freelance work is for lettering, which she’s very happy about. Within the last 6 — 9 months, Jen stopped accepting client work that wasn’t true to her style, which is great! That is often easier said than done. It’s a good feeling for her that people are seeking her out because they like what she’s doing and want her unique voice for their project.
Here’s some of her beautiful lettering. (Via her website.)
Jen also is swissmisstant to swissmiss herself, Tina Roth Eisenberg. Jen helps her with Tattly, designy temporary tattoos, as well as Tina’s other endeavors, including help manage the Studiomates space. Jen was kind enough to take us around to not only her studio, but let us see adjacent spaces, including Tattly.
Nick Iluzada’s space is in the Pencil Factory. Still in Brooklyn, but in the neighborhood of Greenpoint. He shares his space with other illustrators and is down the hall from many more. I could get lost looking at all that he has around — promos, zines, in progress drawings, a bike, and more.
Nick works digitally (he has a Cintiq that he often works on), and also draws off screen. In addition to the commercial illustration, he also collaborates on zines and is interested in smaller-scale illustration endeavors.
Here’s some of Nick’s colorful and lively illustrations. All images via his website.