I just met with a prof to talk about what I’m thinking of doing for my senior show next semester.
So I’m interested in illustration/character design type stuff, as you’ve probably noticed. But my school doesn’t have majors specifically for that kind of thing, so I’m in the graphic design major. Which I’ve really come to enjoy. Design is awesome! But I’ve really been having trouble merging design and illustration and making projects for my classes that I’m really excited about. I feel like what I truly want to do and what I’m expected to do for design assignments don’t always overlap. So I want to make my senior show (something all senior art majors at my school do the semester we graduate) something that I’m really passionate about and can stay motivated to work on for months. Something that I can be really proud of, and not just something I put together to fulfill an assignment. So no pressure to come up with something spectacular, right?
The other day when I woke up the first thought in my head was “I should do a comic for my senior show.” Okay…how would that work? This is going to be on display in a gallery. Not to mention that I’ve done short comics before and they are EXHAUSTING. But I kept thinking about how cool that would be if I could pull it off, and maybe the fact that it’s such a daunting and crazy idea is exactly why I should go for it. I think it’s entirely possible that God stuck that idea in my head himself. it was just one of those “where did that even come from” kind of things. So I’d been considering it for the past couple of days.
So tonight I told the prof how I’m interested in combining graphic design and character design, and I showed him character concept drawings and brought up the comic-as-a-show idea. And he liked them a lot and encouraged me to go for it and even gave me some ideas as to how this could be displayed in the gallery. He asked me questions about my character and their world. Which is scary to me, telling someone like that about these story ideas that have been in my head for so long and are really important to me. But he liked them and encouraged me to go for it. So I’m going to go for it! It’s going to be a lot of really hard work, but I don’t see much point in doing an easy show. I’m pretty excited about this right now and I’m going to do everything I can to stay enthusiastic and motivated about this idea that’s starting to form. I want to end my time in college with something I’ve put a lot of effort and heart into and can be really excited about!