Being the only person in my family with an insatiable passion for art, I had to carry out a lot of extensive research when it came time for me to select a university. After trawling through various online forums and attending a multitude of education fairs, I came upon SCAD. SCAD stood out from the rest because of its outstanding Illustration program – a course I really wanted to pursue, in a subject area I feel very passionate about.
During my research, I discovered that SCAD’s Illustration department’s reputation was not only sparkling in the eyes of the students studying there, but it is also influential to the artists in the industry. I believed that SCAD was the place that would be able to help me develop as an artist and support me in all ways possible in my journey to achieve artistic brilliance. That is why I decided to explore my innate love for art at an institution that holds art and artists in high regard – SCAD.
After joining SCAD, I made it a priority to be involved in the community as much as possible, as I hold the firm belief that art is a collaborative, iterative process and there are many opportunities to develop and learn as an artist by communicating and collaborating with students and staff from different faculties. In light of this belief, I participated actively in SCAD-Atlanta’s Uni event.
I also volunteered as a booth member for the International Cultural Festival in Savannah and helped out during the SCAD student scholarship fund raising event that happened during the Spring Quarter, following that experience up with work as an orientation adviser and student greeter during the summer and fall quarter orientation. The events really allowed me to familiarize myself with the staff and students of SCAD from diverse faculties.
Being in SCAD not only allowed me to meet many people from different faculties and industry professionals, it has also provided me with opportunities to work with them to enhance my own skills. And for that I am grateful. I look forward to working collaboratively with even more peers and faculty members in the future.
This past year, the Sham Shui Po Christmas Lighting Council asked SCAD Hong Kong’s 3D Design Class to design an installation for the Sham Shui Po District (located in Kowloon, Hong Kong). Design Your Day Coordinator Andrea van Hitum worked with other students in Hong Kong to develop a concept and charetter for the installation. Their concept was to “put character into the park”. Andrea’s idea was to have 12 different elves around the park. After much time and a lot of hard work they presented their ideas to the Sham Shui Po government. They decided to pick certain designs from each group and Andrea’s elves were chosen! The installation was displayed over the holidays.
Written By: Heather Jenkinson, Illustration
During my first year of SCAD, I had an amazing Drawing I professor. She was really strict with making sure we drew exactly what we saw. When it came to the final project however, she gave us a lot more freedom and told us to draw “for the sake of the drawing,” rather than draw everything that we saw. The change was really nice since it was a drawing we needed to spend 30+ hours working on. The first day we started the drawing there was a large mound of junk in the middle of the room, and we had to find a section we wanted to draw. I chose a mannequin head wearing a Batman mask, and a porcelain duck with a missing tale as my focal points. I poured my heart and soul into the still life drawing and developed a story to go along with it. The fact that I could visually edit items out of my composition really helped with my “story” or concept. It is still one of my favorite pieces, and I love telling people the story behind it. I tell everyone that the porcelain duck cut off Bat girls head so she bit off his tale as revenge. It is a silly little drawing, but I love it and wouldn’t change anything about it.
During my second quarter at SCAD my classmates and I were having challenges with our 3D modeling and lighting project. Professor Maloney, the basic character setup instructor knew that the class was in need of an extra tutoring session. The only problem was scheduling a session that would fit all of our busy schedules. As graduate students most of us are working professionals and have many obligations and expectations. To resolve the situation Professor Maloney scheduled an 8pm -12am tutoring session to accommodate all students who wanted help with their 3D models. Not only did the professor stay until the end of the scheduled session at midnight, he also did not rush out of the door to get to his other responsibilities. Instead he asked us if we had any final questions and made sure that we were in good shape before he left. 3-D animation is a very tedious and time -consuming process. It was reassuring to know that my professor wanted all of us to succeed and I was in a class full of hard working individuals.