Music lover and artist
Steven Parke is an award winning illustrator and photographer. His clients have included
fortune 1000 firms such as Warner Brothers, HBO, Discovery Channel, Arista Records,
DC/Vertigo Comics, Houghton Mifflin, NBC and well known musicians such as Prince (for
13 years), David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Sheila E.
and a host of other musical geniuses.
Mr. Parke was the Digital artist for first of its kind Graphic Novel “I, Paparazzi” published by
DC/Vertigo Comics which received a grade of A from Entertainment Weekly. He followed
with “In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe” the first ever all digitally photographed graphic
novel which was nominated alongside Stephen King and IDW’s “30 Days of Night” for
YALSA’s best horror novel in 2005.
Mr. Parke is an industry pioneer and advocate in the sequential photography technique. His
work is featured, but hopefully not seen, in retouch and composite work for DVD
packaging including “The Comeback”, “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under”, “Rome” and “30
Rock”. His illustration was featured in the NBC Heroes soundtrack packaging. Currently
expanding into fine art and art photography, Mr. Parke is also the father to one awesome
son. He lives in Baltimore.
2015 - Gone Baby Gone art show, an illustrated mini history of important deceased
musicians covering all genres.
2001 - Present: freelance photographer, digital illustrator and re-touch wizard, creator of
graphic novels and children’s books.
1993-2001: Art Director, Paisley Park Enterprises, NPG Records and Prince.
Design of all CDs and collateral material, photography and photo-retouch, tour stage
design, video sets.
1989-1993 - freelance design and photography
Heads Up Records
Security Management Magazine
Yahoo Internet Life
Monk Institute of Jazz
The Grateful Dead
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
2008: Package design, photography, tour merchandise and photo book for supergroup
Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten
illustration of multiple musicians for NBC
2004: Story concept and photo-illustration for children’s book “Catie and Josephine”
2002: Digital artist, partner on story concept and photography for first all-digital graphic
novel “In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe” DC/Vertigo Comics.
2001: Composite artist for first of it’s kind Graphic Novel “I, Paparazzi” DC/Vertigo Comics.
Nominated YALSA Best Horror Novel 2005 (In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe)
Awarded Baltimore Magazine Best Children’s Book 2004 (Catie and Josephine)
Digital portrait photography has appeared in such magazines as Time, Style, Vogue, Pulse,
Guitar Player, Bass Player and Musician.
Recent reviews, interviews or columns:
Contributing Editor to MacAddict Magazine
Contributing writer to Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine
Digital Photo Magazine artist profile and “How To” column on using QuarkXpress
Entertainment Weekly review (11.01) “I, Paparazzi” (digital art/book design) Grade given: A