Getting Down to Business: Preparing Your Portfolio

Hi readers!

This week I would like to get down to a more serious topic, preparing your college portfolio. I’ll be honest with you, it’s a difficult task to compile your work. As you try to put together your best pieces, it’s hard to not think about what other students are putting in theirs as well.

For the most part, the pieces you include revolve around the specific minor/major you’re applying for. By looking on FIT’s or any other college’s website, you’ll find specific descriptions of any projects and portfolio requirements that the school would like from you.

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SKETCH!! Any and all courses more likely than not will want to see your sketching ability. Don’t be frightened! Unless you’re applying to a fine arts program your sketches do not have to be as realistic as a professionals. Portfolio reviewers like to see how your eye captures an element and transfers it to paper. The ability to sketch also shows your level of patience which is very important in any creative industry.

Another key to sketching is to work on larger pieces of paper, filling up a given space shows your ability to draw with more than just your finger tips. Noting that you use your wrist, hands, and arms to draw an image is very important.

It’s good to keep a sketchbook on hand to practice wherever you may be! Practicing will make you better at sketching as well as help you gain patience to execute bigger projects in the future.


  • Try to fill the whole page instead of just a small section

Trust me I know, I love to draw things on a smaller scale and make them more detailed, though it’s more beneficial to you if you practice drawing on a larger scale. By doing this you train your hand and mind to remain in a detailed mindset, plus it’ll look good in your portfolio.

  • Draw from life

Portfolio observers like to see how you interpret objects from life to paper. While showing your creative side with different drawings from your mind, be sure to include drawings of the basics like flowers or buildings.

A page from my sketchbook When it comes time for you to go through this process, take your time and do things to your best capability. Breathe and do your thing. I can assure you everyone is nervous when submitting works of their own, it’s good to be confident but it’s 100% okay to be nervous. Even though the process is a stressful one, continue using your strengths to enhance your pieces in your own personal way and see what happens from there.

If you have the opportunity, reach out to your art teachers for assistance and if you’re lucky enough even a professor. They’re there to help YOU! Asking won’t ever hurt and who knows, hopefully it’ll make you feel better along the way!

Thank you for reading and good luck on pursuing any passions you may have! We all take many different paths in life so stick to what you love and you’ll make it one way or another.

-Emily Kelly

Trends for Fall 2015

November just began meaning colder weather is approaching.This could mean an excuse to do more shopping than usual. What else is better than staying warm and in style? Here are some trends I’ve been seeing everywhere and absolutely love.

Over the knee boots: Effortless and stunning on any body type. These boots will keep you warm and will suit any outfit! Pair with leggings, jeans or even a dress. These boots are very versatile. Perfect for a night out or the day time. Over the knee boots will add you a bit of maturity and sensuality.


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Sneakers: Fall is the last season to wear your favorite sneakers before the snow invades. White sneakers have been all the rave lately. From adidas to Nike Air Force 1’s these will leave you feeling sporty and fun. You can work these with any outfit. Dress them up or down for everyday.


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Cool Coats: Obviously coats are very necessary for the colder weather but if you’re like me, I love to layer and not just wear one big bulky coat. Bold colored jackets, fur coats, fur trimmed coats, vests, cape coats, dusters and longline jackets will keep you right on trend and ready for the brisk weather.


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Bell Bottom Jeans: Ditch your skinny jeans…Bell bottom jeans are the next big thing. The 70’s trend is still going strong. Fit and flare jeans paired with a chunky sweater or with some high heel booties will make you feel confident and chic.

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Turtlenecks: Turtlenecks were all over the runway. They are trendy as sweaters or as dresses and are great layering pieces. Even mock necks are everywhere too. Pair a chunky thick turtleneck dress with over the knee boots or with some skinny jeans and booties.



Fueling Your Fire

Hi everyone!

This week I wanted to focus on the heart of your inspirations. Sometimes narrowing down the specifics of what inspires you isn’t as simple as it may seem. You could draw inspiration from a big idea, such as nature or a certain location; or you could even pull inspiration from everyday household items like a vase or furniture.

Things that inspire you should take your breath away and leave you in awe. Well, at least for me it does! A specific place that inspires me, practically beyond words, is the rooftop of a building on West 11th street. roof of west 11th street building

The first time I stepped foot onto the rooftop of this building my heart paused but nearly exploded at the same time. Staring ahead of me, the wind blowing my dress upwards like Marilyn Monroe, I couldn’t help but fixate my gaze on the bustling yet muffled sounding metropolis. I took the photo above after a few times of being up top; rain or shine, the feeling that flooded my body the first time still lingers.

Sunflowers on my window

Flowers. The colors and silhouettes of each petal on a flower complement the detailed center softly. It’s funny to think that a plant can just beautifully form like that with ease. I’m also a lover of shadows. Different contrasts of light, whether it be flowers or buildings, admiring how light settles on either is inspiring to me.

Staying on the topic of nature, autumn is my favorite season. The vibrant colors of leaves popping off the sky like a comic book is so fulfilling to me. The crisp air and twinkling sun ignite a spark in me that leaves me happy and content.

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Everyone interprets a scene differently. No one can tell you what your inspiration is, it’s something you run into along the way.

Photo of Frank Sinatra

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I constantly use fashion as an inspiration of mine. I love looking at the patterns and fabric designers use in their pieces.This shot of Frank Sinatra ties in a flare of musical taste as well as dapper attire. The suit really owns the photo, between the checkered picnic blanket design and the spring fedora; there’s so many bits to explore!

Last but not least, family. My family always inspires me to keep my drive and to try new things while taking risks I normally wouldn’t take. Having a group of people behind you who inspire you and not tear you down is important in all aspects of life; remember that.

These are just a few sum up pieces of my inspirations though as life goes on our inspirations keep evolving with us! Seeing one single detail could inspire you to create something big and that’s all that really matters! Inspiration is all around us, waiting to be discovered. Change is wonderful…if it wasn’t for change we wouldn’t grow into the thinkers we are today.

So tell me, what inspires you? Leave your inspirations in the comments below!

As always hope you enjoyed reading and have a wonderful day!

– Emily Kelly



Living The Pre(college) Life

We’re growing up; some of us may not like it because we don’t know what to expect. For those of us thinking about college, reaching those teen years brings the question, “How am I going to handle college?”  Don’t just panic about the common app, try to prepare for the future with a hands-on approach.  A little over a year ago I wondered how I would manage in college; I’d probably forget to eat if it weren’t for my parents. Discovering FIT’s Precollege Program saved my sanity.  It provided exposure to my fields of interest and insight to the college experience.
train_stationMy first big step was getting to FIT.  I live in Jersey so I had to commute every Saturday.  This was a new responsibility to tackle, one that bettered me in the end. Commuting and navigating NYC was daunting but minor compared to another college fear, the social aspect; worrying that it’s not possible to make a meaningful friend group, again!  Thankfully, Precollege showed me otherwise. I took my first course over a year ago and three kids in my photography class are still my good friends. Yes, college is a new environment but it’s new to a whole group of people; studio 2people just as nervous with the same hopes and fears. The Precollege Program extended my understanding of the college culture.  I realized I’d no longer make friends in a town of random people with random interests. College is not limited to associations based on where you live.  Choosing a college provides the freedom of being with students, from around the country, with shared passions and understanding for each other.

Another pressing question is “what is the workload like in college?” Stories range from struggling just to get C’s to a 4 year party with a degree at the end. A valuable lesson learned from my Precollege courses is whatever the workload, it’s worth it because you’re doing what you love.  Some assignments are very demanding, but I realize I’m being graded on my passions so nothing will stop me.

The college experience is much more than new responsibilities, making new friends or tackling workloads. It’s about discovering who you are; through this the rest will happen.  FIT’s precollege experience is certainly making this transition a lot easier.


A Precollege Student’s Guide To Friendships at FIT

“They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.” – Carrie Bradshaw

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My best friends from FIT

A little less than a year ago, on my first train ride home from the FIT Precollege Program, I found myself standing in the middle of Penn Station completely confused, alone, and not understanding why everyone was running each other over to get to their train gate with fifteen extra minutes to spare (which I later realized was normal behavior at Penn Station). I walked to my gate and saw a girl with fiery red hair and it turned out that she was going to be on the same train as me! I sat down next to her and saw that she was wearing a “FIT Precollege Spring 2015” badge. We immediately started to talk. She said she had taken FIT classes before and then let me ask probably ten million questions about FIT. Her name was Maddison and to this day we are still best friends. She soon introduced me to her great friends in our class, Becca and Cynthia, who quickly became my best friends as well.

Our friendships grew both in and outside of class.  Soon we were meeting before class for lunch or after class for dinner. (Note: we all agree that GiGi’s Café, which is across from FIT, has the best cheese quesadillas in the city.) My FIT friends and I continue to travel to the city whenever we get the chance to see each other for the day. We shop in the Flatiron district (where we had a class field trip) and walk around Union Square. We recently ventured to the Upper East Side where I lost my wallet and my friends and I looked for hours until we realized it was in the other pocket of my purse!!!!

Main Tips on Making Friends at FIT

  • Don’t be afraid to talk to someone new.
  • Always ask questions about them.
  • Find similar interests and things you have in common.
  • Share funny stories about your experiences that they can relate to.
  • Don’t wait for them to talk to you, go and talk to them!
  • SMILE always be approachable!!!!

The lesson here is not only to keep track of your wallet while on the Upper East Side, but also to reach out to people in your classes. Make the effort to talk to someone new, and you could end up with a lifelong friendship (and someone to join you in nearly getting run over by suitcases at Penn Station.) I have learned so many new things from my friends: how to hail a cab, take the subway, and which sidewalk stands I should NOT get a hotdog from. My FIT friends are ones I can go to for everything; they understand me and I hope that Precollege students in this session will find the same lifelong connections.

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Maddison and me

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