My first day as an official Savannah College of Art & Design Alumnus! I graduated Magna Cum Laude, and I was shaking when I got to the stage, but when I heard the cheers from my friends and parents, I calmed down and walked across.
It was exciting and nerve racking, but we all got through it and I was able to spend it with my friends. Tomorrow I’m leaving to make my big move up to New York and hit refresh on everything because once I’m settled in, I will officially be a real person. It has been a great time and sporadically, it hits me really hard that I won’t get to see those who I have become close with as easily, but in this day and age, we’ll find ways to see each other again and I’m ready for the next step.
To those I didn’t get to see, take pictures with, and/or say goodbye (it’s never final), I’m really glad I got to know you and I wish nothing but the best. I hope to see you soon when we’re all where we are supposed to be.
The only way I can express how I really feel is through the words of Marina Keegan, a Yale student who passed away, but wrote an amazing piece for the graduating class of 2012:
We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I’d say that’s how I feel at Yale. How I feel right now. Here. With all of you. In love, impressed, humbled, scared. And we don’t have to lose that.
We’re in this together, 2012. Let’s make something happen to this world.
[Read it in it’s entirety here]
Thanks for everything you guys, and I’ll really miss all of you.
I’ve had this image floating around in my head for about a year now. I painted it last summer with a lot of anatomy and painting problems and I was waiting for an excuse to use the image again so I could redo it. I turned it into a mock concert poster for the band ‘Jus†ice’ and I’m quite pleased with the results.
©Brian DeYoung Illustration
I haven’t had much artwork to post lately, but you should check out my friend, Brian’s, new tumblr (and give credit please)!
Today my friend and fellow illustrator, Brandon, and I participated in the 31st SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival and collaborated on a piece that was spread over two sidewalk squares. Participants are only allowed a box of chalk per square and we had three hours to complete our artwork.
While we both never use chalk or work large, we won Second Place in the Group category of $600! It is even more exciting because it was our first and last time that we have ever taken part in this annual event. Maybe if I’m around Savannah in the future, I’ll take part as an alumnus. As we were working on it, we were continually learning how to work with the media and experimenting while thousands of people came to enjoy the open-air gallery of the festival.
And now to celebrate because I am gross from working outside on such a beautiful day and have to do homework.
Though these are all sketches you’ve seen before, for my Advertising Illustration class our most recent project was to create a bus advertisement for the Illustration Department that could potentially be on a SCAD bus. Every other major at SCAD has (or had) a current bus running that visualizes their department, but Illustration seems to be left out.
We could potentially do anything, as long as it was illustrative and reflected what one could do in the classes. When my professor saw my the sketchbook I’ve been working on, he immediately said that I should take some of the sketches I had and create an ad with them and this is what I came up with. I played around with several different layouts and ideas concerning colors and this is what people seemed to like the most. That and my professor felt it was a good image that if the administration wanted to add type that described the department, it would fit really well with it.
It’s exciting if anyone from our class gets picked! The administration already has several others from previous classes chosen and we’re the last class to submit ideas so there will be several Illustration buses driving around Savannah. I’m not really concerned if mine is chosen, it was just more encouraging that my sketchbook is proving to be a good use of time.
For most of the day yesterday, I participated in the Abercrombie & Fitch Fashion Showdown with my lovely friends, Kat and Naomi! It was a great experience and what made it even better was that we were in it to just have fun.
Everyone had to work in teams of three and when we arrived, every team was given a box of materials to work with, including a “wild card item” and this year it was bubble wrap. The rules consisted of us having to work with the materials we had, the bubble wrap had to be utilized, and also include a final illustration that conveyed our finished product. We also had from about 12:30PM to 5:45PM so along with creating an outfit, we were challenged to finish it within a time frame.
Our focus of our outfit was that we wanted it to be wearable and use the bubble wrap in a way that wasn’t generic and we decided to create a lace applique effect with it. We really wanted to demonstrate that we didn’t just use the wild card item as an after thought and show that we tried to really think of way to incorporate it into something wearable, but also make it fluid and presentable. We even made our own trim that we used in the waistband. What made it even more fun is the hair clip that Naomi and Kat made while I drew the illustration (they only gave us a pencil to draw with ( ﾟдﾟ) )!
While we didn’t win, it was exciting to have people who both participated in the competition and also came to the reception tell us that they loved our dress, would wear it, and fully felt that we should have placed. Simply hearing from others how much they loved our creation was better than winning and it was fun to have another creative outlet and be challenged. If anything, if there was a People’s Choice award, I’m sure we were guaranteed to win then. It was an adrenaline rush to have so many people tell us that our product was their favorite out of twenty one teams.
To think of all the things one could create with bubble wrap! It was really interesting to see how other people solved that obstacle as well. I’m proud of what we created and I think it would be fun to just start making hair accessories with these girls!
Caught in the rain
Hope you have a weekend full of surprising moments
I am not one to reblog anything on my Dashboard, but I’ve fallen in love with this. Savannah is the city where I’ve truly discovered myself and I welcome moments like these.