Sims and art meet in New York

Maria Berrio, BFA Illustration

"Maria Berrio draws a parallel between the stories played in The Sims and the stories played out in real life, as documented through her sketchbooks."

Tyler's take: For illustrators, effective communication is key: an illustration isn't an illustration unless it illustrates something. Crude depictions of hipsters sticking fingers up their noses collaged into a notebook illustrates that this artist is quick to jump on trends and got a "C+" in introductory scrapbooking. There's nothing wrong with the currently hip medium of collage – but its naturally freeform appearance doesn't make everyone with a glue stick avant-garde.

Mikel Reparaz
After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.