Introducing Precollege Blogger: Alivia

alivia-cooneyBorn and raised on Long Island, I have been blessed my whole life with an easy access to New York City, the ultimate hub of all things artistic and enterprising. Since my first visits to the city in my early youth, I always knew it was where I was meant to be. The never-ending action, the constant feeling of potential, the smell of sidewalk pretzels and cigarette ashes, and a Dunkin Donuts on every block- what’s not to love?

The main driving force behind my inherent need to be in the city stems from my innate sense of individualism and creativity. I’ve always viewed myself as an artist; from an early age, I have channeled this creative energy into performing in musical theater productions, writing (in every medium, from short stories, to blog posts, to plays, to essays and papers), and using fashion and makeup as a daily outlet to release this sacred energy. To a non-artist, it may sound a tad dramatic to use the word “sacred” in this sense; but for anyone who can relate to the daily, internal buzzing of waiting (not so patiently) to conquer creativity blocks and burst out into some sort of expression, there is no exaggeration in the slightest. As a matter of fact, when I go too long without channeling this energy into some sort of outlet, I experience pretty intense consequences; I have trouble focusing, I start to feel anxious and hopeless, and I sometimes even use destruction in a desperate attempt to make up for my lack of creation. I know many artists go through these same fluctuations of energy, so I feel it is important to surround myself with as many like-minded artists and individuals as possible. It is so important to learn as much as we can from each other, not only in terms of inspiration, but even more so in terms of channeling this inspiration once the seed has been planted. The future of innovation lies in this idea.

In my life, I try to apply this philosophy to all my creative endeavors. Surprisingly, it’s not always my creativity that motivates me; I often begin new creative projects with like-minded artists simply because I am so inspired by the energy I experience in the collaboration aspect of it. For example, my friend Jenna is an aspiring photojournalist. Whenever she has an idea for a new photoshoot, I am the first person she reaches out to because she values my talent and passion for styling and modeling. We both gain great unique insight from each photoshoot we do together because we truly respect and value each other as artistic individuals. Because of this mutually beneficial artistic relationship, we feel greatly renewed after each of our projects are completed because we thrive off of the energy being rallied. It is a truly cathartic experience.

I am so excited to be apart of the Precollege Program at FIT (attending the class HFM 065 55A Product Development: Creativity and Business) this fall because FIT is a school founded off of these same ideas that I hold so dear. Surrounded by a community of like-minded artists and innovators from all walks of life, it is no wonder that FIT students have a reputation for taking the fashion and art world by storm. Personally, I cannot wait to experience the same exhilarating creative interactions with the students at FIT that I experience in my neighborhood with my friend Jenna. I plan to take what I learn from both the class and my fellow students at the Precollege Program to further expand my creative stamina and increase my creative output. I want to completely eliminate the dreaded “block” phase of the creative cycle, and center my life completely around emitting an endless stream of artistry into the universe, letting each project and medium I achieve this through be equally joyous and fulfilling for both artist and consumer.


Photo Blog: FIT Through My Eyes

I start my morning with a Gregory's Macchiato and Parfait!

I start my morning with a Gregory’s Macchiato and Parfait!

There's alwasy a starting point! This is my progress 20 minutes into a drawing.

There’s alwasy a starting point! This is my progress 20 minutes into a drawing.

As time goes on, I rework and add shades of color into the drawing using Pastels.

As time goes on, I rework and add shades of color into the drawing using Pastels.

The homework is then collected and hung on the wall for critique.

The homework is then collected and hung on the wall for critique.

Thanks for reading!
Until next week,

The FIT Surprise

No, I’m not talking ice-cream.

The Surprise Factor

Up until February 27, I thought I was alone and had a weird passion for computer graphics and digitized drawing and art. To my amazement, I was surrounded by geeks (really cool ones) like me when I entered room C230 and it felt pretty awesome. Kind of felt like my second home (JK, my second home is Starbucks… whose isn’t?) Anyway, I was really shocked to find that people my age shared the same passion as I did and it felt really comforting to know that I wasn’t alone. Sharing ideas and looking at others’ work for inspiration really helped me in a creative sense and way of thinking.

The Expectations

I thought I was a decent artist in the field of fifteen year olds out there, but as I always do, I was and still am looking for improvement. There’s always room! I’ve come to take precollege classes to improve (obviously) but also to get a real grip on digital design platforms and learn.

Unexpected Changes

One thing I did not expect to change was my open personality. And, actually, it changed for the better: I’ve done nothing but become more open since I am around people who I’m comfortable with. Usually it takes me a while to get to know people and become comfortable with them even though I am typically an open book, and, literally in one class, I found a group of people who scream my style! I have seen nothing but great things since the start of classes and it keeps getting better.

The (Developing) Hardships

Drawing has always been a weak spot for me, and I never really paid attention to it. I kind of just tried my best and made do with what I had in the past. Adobe Illustrator involves a lot of drawing… more than I’m comfortable with. But truly, the class is helping me learn to love it and tolerate it.

However, one thing that really scares me is the digital pen. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about (if you are into graphics, you know the scare I’m facing), it’s a only a stylus. A stylus of death!! First, a drawing pad is plugged into the computer, and then you take the wireless pen and draw with it on the pad. It sounds super easy but it’s really frustrating and hard to learn, especially on a program based on vectors and straight lines.

A quote from my struggling friend, Sarah M.,

“When you first start using it all you want to do is scream because the smallest movement can mess you up, but it gets easier eventually… I hope”

Sorry ya had to read so much! It’s good for the brain!
Until next week,
Joey Criscione

Family Input on Precollege Experience

imageSalutations Precollegers!

I’m currently blogging to you all at 5:30 am from my airport, on my way to visit a college in the culturally rich New Orleans! Being that it is Monday and this is set to post on Tuesday, I have very limited time to get this blog post done and uploaded—therefore, I have decided to blog about a very simple topic for this week—my family. My parents and sister have been nothing but supportive on this artistic endeavor that I have taken upon myself this semester. My parents have been good enough to drive me to my train station at 7:15 every Saturday morning (even though they could be asleep being that the weekend is their only break from early rising—they both work in the city, too). In the afternoon, I rush from class to my train to get home at 2, only to have to rush to my 2 o’clock shift at work, and of course, I couldn’t do that either without one of them waiting for me at the station. My younger sister, although not able to physically assist me, has been morally supportive and has been my biggest cheerleader. She is a very creative and imaginative person, so watching her older sister travel to the city every week to create something that she is passionate about must be neat (I can only imagine, obviously). She has actually shown her own interest in what I have been doing, and I can imagine that she will be taking a precollege course sometime before she graduates high school, too. I can always count on my family to give me feedback on my work, and my parents have been very excited about this course due to the fact that they both have taken film and darkroom classes before. Last class it took me about 3 and a half hours to fully develop and print a single (final) photo in the darkroom. After various trials with different time and contrast variations, I finally figured out to let my paper be exposed on a 4 contrast level for 24 seconds (film photography terminology, everyone!). I am very pleased with how my final product turned out, and the only regret I have is that I printed on glossy paper instead of pearl finished.There isn’t that much of a difference honestly, but personally I like the minimalist touch that the pearl finished paper adds to the print. The next time I restock in photography supplies, I’ll be sure to pick up some pearl, but for my first time, glossy is totally fine. Sorry about this post being on the shorter side, next week I’ll be home from college visits and I will have much more to talk about, considering next week I get to start shooting for my final project! Attached is the final print of my black and white film photo of my friend from my class, Natalia.

Until next time,

Inspiration, Critiques, and my New Favorite Friends

Professor's Shading Demo

Professor’s Shading Demo

There are a million ways to describe FIT’s unique environment. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough space in this post to list them all, but my favorite term to describe the FIT atmosphere is inspirational. At FIT inspiration can be found around any corner, in any hallway or classroom, in FIT’s own museum, and even in the lobbies. Looking back on my first time walking down hallway of D building on the first day of classes, I remember stopping to think, what inspires me? How will I take advantage of all the opportunities presented to me this spring? Will I make any lasting friendships? Who will influence my art, and help me better my artwork?

My New Friend, Sofia

My New Friend, Sofia

Inspiration as defined by Merriam Webster Dictionary is a person, place, or experience, that makes someone want to do or create something. Although classes were not in session this Saturday, looking through my work from my past weeks in HFA 024 Life Drawing has inspired me to continue drawing even without the early morning trip to FIT. So I spent my Saturday working on a drawing I had started about two weeks ago in class that I never had the chance to finish.

This spring, I have the pleasure of being taught by Professor Martino. I came to FIT with no knowledge on how to accurately proportion and draw the human figure. You can’t imagine how drastically important it is to know about the human anatomy to draw it. Believe it or not, when drawing the human figure each body part can first be sketched as a sphere, cube, cone, or cylinder. Simplifying the body is not as easy as it looks! Another factor that is considered when drawing the human figure is light source. The light source in a composition heavily influences the dimension and depth of the drawing. The three types of shading that Professor Martino demonstrated for us are shown above.
About two weeks ago at FIT, my class started working on drawings of a skeleton that is stored in the classroom. This was my favorite day of classes at FIT so far, because while working o n drawing the skeleton, my class managed to name him (Steve) and we all got very attached, unlike his shoulder. Steve the skeleton’s shoulder is permanently dislocated; this coincidence turned into a challenge to draw, and a joke to laugh about with my classmates. Throughout class, the girls in my class grew together by making parodies of popular songs, all revolving around Steve. “I knew you were Steve when you walked in” was sang out in the middle of a sketch, as the classroom erupted with laughter, even Professor Martino let out a giggle.

That class two weeks ago brought the class out of its shell. I believe that the opportunity to work hard to draw the skeleton together and joke around about Steve brought my class together more into a group of friends and not just a regular school class.The friends I have made have also inspired me, after our first critique on some homework to work to better my drawing even after the professor has checked it. My friends have inspired me to be persistent in my work because practice makes perfect. If you are anything like me, you LOVE critiques. Critiquing is the best place to find ways to improve not only your current artwork, but to keep in mind the advice and the mistakes you made on the piece of art and work towards becoming a better artist in the long run.

With that I would like to thank you for reading this week!
Until next week,
Yours Truly,

Steve the Skeleton

Steve the Skeleton