Congratulations Nicolle!

CONGRATULATIONS TO NICOLLE POLANCO WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL FOR ADVERTISING AND MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS!

Student: Nicolle Polanco
Major: Advertising and Marketing Communications

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
 HAC 063  Careers in Advertising and Marketing Communications

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: David_Bryant@fitnyc.edu for more information

Coming To A Close

As cliche at as it may sound, the last day was filled with a lot of bitter sweet memories. It was nice to know that I have my Sunday morning’s back, but knowing that group of people will never be together again kind of tore my heart to shreds. The day was mostly spent drawing. I actually made something I’m really proud of and enjoyed having a chill day to relax and just talk. Of course we got work done, there was a lot of scanning, saving and most importantly cramming. The most gratifying experience was receiving the diploma. I feel so accomplished and grateful for the experience.

At the end of class we were asked to write our three favorite things, least favorite things, and something we wished we had learned. What I have taken out of this experience and what was my favorite thing was the insight to what a school would want in a portfolio. Being able to talk to someone in the department and have them show you examples is, as I’m sure I’ve said in a previous post, priceless. I now know exactly what is necessary to include and I feel confident that I have the skills to pull it off. The only thing that is not on my side is time.

At the end after we cleaned up, we took a group picture (with self timer of course)

How adorable are we?

 

(I’m the one in the striped sweater who looks like she jumped into the photo at the last minute (because I did))

Not only is FIT over, but my time here on this blog is over :( It was such a learning experience and gave me a new perspective on the class. I was constantly thinking. “Wow I should blog about this,” each time we would do something. It’s sad to leave, but it was fun while it lasted.

Thank you to all of my readers!

Mai

All The Little Things

HEY GUYS!

Sorry I haven’t really been able to update, Hurricane Sandy left us with no power and living so close to a Zone A neighborhood made it difficult to get any. I really shouldn’t complain considering how much better I have it than so many others (I’ll post some pictures at the end). I hope everyone else is safe or is receiving the help they need!

Since I haven’t been to class in a while I’m going to write about something different today; this post will be about things that inspire me. I’m just going to dive right into it.

What inspires me the most is really just the things in my every day life. I love New York City and the images it conjures up in my mind. As much as I say I hate it, I love walking through Times Square on my way to school each and every morning. I love the pedestrian traffic (unless I have somewhere to be). I love knowing that the people I am with on the subway right now I will never see again in my life. But, most of all, I love being able to surround myself with such artistic and interesting people. That’s where I draw most of my inspiration from. From my school where everyone is a performing artist to the classes I take at FIT, I’m constantly surrounded by people who are thriving and expressive.

When I find it difficult to find inspiration, I take a little “me time”, which a lot of people forget to do. It’s important to reflect and think about what’s going on in your daily life. In my Acting Technique classes, my teachers are always telling us that it’s impossible to play an emotion that you’ve never felt, which is why it is said that it takes twenty years to become a great actor. You can only talk about the things you know, and the same goes with expression. I always go back to what I am feeling and see how I can express it. It is also very therapeutic and can solve almost any problem. Even though graphic design might not express emotions in the same way that illustration does, it can still be a great problem solving technique.

I’ve tried to draw mostly with pen so that I can’t erase. It has helped me see that sometimes, things don’t have to look perfect. It depends on the context, but sometimes pieces can look their best in a more textured, sketchy style.

After class a few weeks ago, I went to my mom’s friend’s studio and she showed me things she used to make called “future boards.” She took pictures and words that described the kind of person that she wanted to be and put them on a board. Then she would work towards those goals and, later, look back on it to see what she has achieved since making the board. The goals can been short term or long term. I haven’t used this technique but it seems like a great way to keep track of progress or as a reminder of  something to strive for.

These words shouldn’t be regarded as blanket statements. For some people the best art comes from things they want to experience and not emotions they have experienced, this is just what I’ve learned works for myself. I hope everyone can learn what works for them and develop their own ways to achieve inspiration.

What are ways you find inspiration?

Until next time,

Mai

 

The water was higher than the sidewalk. All of the people on the ground floor of my building complex have been forced to move out and everything in their house has been contaminated with toxic water.

All I Have To Say Is Waffles

Before I begin my usual ramble of how class was today, I’d like to share how fabulous my breaks have been since I was introduced to the cafeteria.

It’s incredible that I have taken classes at FIT for three years and I never bothered to go to the cafeteria! Last week, someone from my class decided to take us on a trip there, and we have been going every break since. I strongly recommend to anyone who hasn’t been there to check it out because I MADE WAFFLES ON MY BREAK TODAY. Yes, you read that right. I made my very own Belgian waffle during my fifteen minute break. I saw the waffle maker and the waffle mix and immediately knew how my time would be spent.

For those of you who don’t believe it ’till you see it, I have PHOTO PROOF!

I might be overreacting a little bit, but I mean… waffles.

Not to mention that I bought waffles, a bagel, a drink, and two bags of chips with a friend and it only came out to about seven dollars total, meaning we each threw $3.50…that’s it.

So basically I think everyone should go and make themselves waffles on their breaks ’cause it’s seriously worth it.

I’m really trying to find the perfect thing to do for my self portrait, but I can’t think of anything! I don’t know if I want it to be very obviously me, or something more abstract, or even something in the middle. I drew up a few sketches of my ideas and I’m trying to weed through them, but so far I just keep coming up with more ideas instead of removing them!

During class today, someone else on the Communications board came into our class to drop by and say hi, and we were bold enough to ask her for some advice. She told us more about what colleges, and specifically FIT, looks for when reviewing portfolios, and what is most important or most necessary to include. Mostly I gathered that they want to see who you are, a lot of observational drawings, and some pieces from your sketchbook.

I also made plans to hang out with a girl from my class next week! We got friendly-er during our waffle making time, and have plans for next Sunday!

For now, the whole city is preparing for the hurricane that is supposed to hit us bad, so I’ve got to go tape all my windows! (Kidding, I don’t know anyone that does that)

Stay safe everyone!

Where do you normally like to go on breaks?

Until next time,

Mai

 

Collage or College?

To reiterate our homework assignment, we were instructed to choose a product and build an ad campaign for it. The product I chose was Sharpie marker ’cause who doesn’t love the feel of a brand new Sharpie?

I got to class, did a little morning sketching to “connect our hands to our brains” and then got my first project of the day. Make a collage for the type of person that I thought was the consumer for my product and find pictures of who they are and what they like. We had to get pretty specific though, know what their job is, how old they are, what they like to do in their free time, the usual. The basic image of my consumer is a twenty-something year old toy designer who lives in Brooklyn (probably Williamsburg…), goes out to cool Brooklyn bars, and hangs out with friends when he’s not designing the newest toys on the market.
The room was a beautiful mess. There were scraps of paper, glue sticks, and magazines scattered on the table. I forgot what color the table was to begin with, but clean up was surprisingly easy with so many hands.

Evidence:

 

The end result of the collage compiled and glued into my sketchbook looked like this:

  

(sorry for the bad quality pictures, I snapped ‘em on my iPhone real quick, I’ll try to get a better one of the collage)

By the way on a total side note, I was talking to a girl in my class (who doesn’t live in the city) and asked her what the name of my consumer guy should be, and she suggested, “something french, like ‘Lephlem'” ’cause there was a boy in her school who is french and has that last name. And it turns out that same boy was also in my kindergarten class! Small freakin’ world!

Jada (my professor) did something really helpful as we were working. She asked us what schools we were looking to apply to, pulled up all of their portfolio requirements, and told what each school we were interested in wants to see in out portfolios! So many schools want so many different things its crazy! We compared it to our syllabus and we’re actually going to be doing a lot of the projects they’re looking for (I’d be scared if we weren’t).

I hope your classes are helping you are much as mine is!

Until next time,

Mai