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Battle of the Muses


A graphic designer by day, Aaron Jasinski creates award-winning art and music in his time off

Since kindergarten, Sage Jasinski, 9, has been bringing the same book for show-and-tell. It’s a real crowd-pleaser, because it’s illustrated by his dad, Aaron P. Jasinski (BFA ’00).

Sage’s dad does more than just illustrate children’s books. By day, he’s a graphic designer for Microsoft, but it’s the work he produces in his time off that defines him.

“I have a strong need to be creative,” says Jasinski, whose art comes in many media. On canvas and wood, he’s been featured in prominent L.A. galleries and shows, such as Gallery 1988’s recent I Am 8 Bit show. His artwork has also been spotlighted by USA TodaySpectrum Illustration Annual, Hyperion Publishing, Scholastic, Harcourt, Weekly Reader, and Seattlemagazine. And his electronic music plays on podcasts and several computer games.

Even Jasinski’s personal Web site,, is a work of art.

“I’d like to get to a place where I concentrate solely on my art, letting that pay the bills,” Jasinski says. Until then, it’s how he relaxes, though the accolades can’t hurt. In 2004 he was Modern Postcard’s Spotlight Artist of the Year, and in 2006 his electronically orchestrated music won first place in Sony’s The Terms Remix Contest.