Specific Portfolio Requirements

Apart from the pieces that I freely get to chose to include in my portfolio are some required pieces. For example, a 3D model of a room or 6 steps to teach someone how to do something. One of the required pieces that I’ve recently been struggling with is designing my self portrait. Not only is this mandatory for the class I am taking, but it is also something I feel that every artist should have. It’s not like I’ve never done a self portrait before, but when I have, it’s been for middle school art class and had to be the most realistic representation of me. Now that I’m trying to make one to add to my portfolio, there aren’t any restrictions. In fact, the more creative the better!

My main problem has been either trying to narrow down the ideas I have so far, or to scratch all of them and find the one idea that I know is perfect. I don’t know if I’m making any sense, but I feel like once I think of the idea, there wont need to be any narrowing down because it will be the perfect idea.

The ideas I’ve thought of so far are:

  • a more abstract piece accentuating my hair
  • a retro comic bookish illustration
  • a comic book but not retro stylish, more realistic
  • me morphed with a cat since I am so totally a cat!
  • a more realistic representation

I honestly just have no clue.  I feel like I need to keep thinking and once I’ve got it and tried it out, I’ll know.

Then after that, comes what medium do I use:

  • (a) marker
  • (b) pencil
  • (c) computer
  • (e) collage/photographs
  • (d) none of the above?

I just need to find something that accurately represents ME and all the different sides of me, from my performing arts background, to my love for visual art, and pretty much just all art in general.

If anyone has struggled with this issue as well and has any advice for me, I’m gladly accepting via the comments box!

I promise to update once I have made some progress!

Until next time,




A Bittersweet Ending

As the past couple days have gone by, I have realized I’m not returning to FIT the following week. My alarm will ring for 6:50 AM and I will simply sigh, turn it off, and take in the harsh reality of nnot returning to the place I love.

These past three weeks have been the highlight of my summer. (And probably of my year) I mean, come on, it’s FIT.. It’s unlike anywhere else.

The classes I took this year were outstanding. I made some remarkable new friends who I will DEFINITELY keep in contact with. I even found my roommate for FIT! (If I get in!) My experience here was phenomenal. I wish I was a freshman so I can take even more Precollege classes! Unfortunately, I live too far away to attend classes during the Fall or Spring. What a shame.

I hope I get good marks on all my final projects. I am so anxious to view them! They are getting posted on August 2nd, so remember to check them out!

My jacket (from my sewing class) turned out phenomenal! I ordered a bunch of spikes and studs from this really cool website. I can’t wait to go home and apply them to my jacket! I’m also going to distress it with sand paper! In my first class I also made a t-shirt. It’s a grey jersey knit t-shirt with a ballet neckline and long sleeves. It’s the comfiest t-shirt IN THE WORLD!

I’m so excited to return home and start working on my portfolio. I think I will include my jacket in my portfolio.. I worked so hard on it and I am so proud of myself!

How were your classes? Do you think you will return to FIT? How did your final projects turn out?

Overall, my last day was filled with excitement, a sense of pride, sadness, and some realizations for the future. I was excited that all my hard work was finally completed. I had a sense of pride in myself, and in the work I created. A sense of sadness because I am leaving the place and people I have grown to adore. And the realization that if I don’t work hard, I may never return to FIT.. And that simply won’t do.

I hope you all had a wonderful experience at FIT, I know I did!

I do not want to say goodbye to any of you people” -Christa McAuliffe

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FIT Portfolio Additions

I want to share with you the additions to my portfolio that are projects I’ve done at FIT.  The first is a (kind of bad quality) photo of the poster I had to make to go with a research essay I did in The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising.  The second project is a fashion forcasting powerpoint for Spring 2012 that I did for that class also(sorry for it being a gif the file was huge when I tried to make it a .pdf).  The last two photos are from my current styling class.  The first one is the boot project I posted about a few weeks ago and the second is a table setting I did last week inspired by Balmain.  I am also pretty excited for the mannequin shoot we are doing the second to last week and the food shoot we are doing on the last day.  I will of course share these in my final post!








Friendships and Field Trips!

Wow, another week down! I hope everyone had a great second week at Summer Live!

Today we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the 5th avenue. It’s one of my favorite places because even though I want to major in graphic design, I still love fine art…a lot (and the Roman and Greek statues are great to practice your drawing!). After a 15 minute subway ride, we were there! My class was going to go to the Alexander McQueen exhibit, but we didn’t get to go in because there was a 1 and a half hour wait! But no worries, we went to other exhibits. The class split up into two groups and my group went up to the rooftop garden. It was absolutely beautiful! I saw NYC on a whole new level, literally!










When we went back inside, we saw the modern art and photography exhibits. I loved how some of the photos contained typography. This one really stood out to me, don’t you love the color type and lines with the black and white photo?

I’ve met some pretty awesome people the past 2 weeks. It’s great being in a class where everyone shares the same interest as you. I don’t go to a high school specializing in art, so finding people in a regular high school who share a strong interest in art is hard. I feel like everyone in our class really opened up to one another when we had our first critique. Now, everyone’s complimenting each others work and I’m finding myself becoming less shy when I want to ask for other peoples opinion on my work. The one thing that I hate about commuting is that I can’t really hang out with my new friends after class because I have to catch the train home!

Everyone on the FIT campus is extremely friendly. I love meeting new people and talking about other peoples classes. Just by sitting outside drawing today, I met some new people!

Did anyone else go on a field trip this week or meet some new people on campus?

And now… to start thinking about my final project (it involves some photography, can you guess what I’m doing?)


A Combination of Music and Typography

I can honestly say my first week  FIT was awesome! I’ve learned so much and I’m in a class with great people. This Monday was so different from last Monday because I’m more adjusted to the class, all of the “introduction” work is over and now we’re doing actual projects!

Our teacher put our inspiration project on hold and we started something new. Our new project is to illustrate 3 adjectives describing a music genre.

The minute this was assigned, I couldn’t wait to start! It’s perfect because it’s combining my love of type and music. I chose to do punk rock. Using the music of The Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, and The Ramones, I came up with these 3 words: destructive, rebellious, and attraction. What we first did was make a LONG  list of words to describe our genres, then narrowed it down. That followed with having about an hour to just sketch out what we wanted to do. By the end of class, we all had our final ideas.

Our weekend homework was to make a neat looking rough copy of our final thoughts. It took about an hour (not too bad!) When we came back to class on Monday, we had a class critique that got us to open up to one another and it helped me realize things I could’ve done better.

Even though I have only been in class for one week, I still feel like I have learned a lot. I’m currently working on some projects outside of class and when I went to add type to it, I paid attention to things I would’ve usually ignored (like spacing and word alignment). Our professor showed us a movie on the font Helvetica. It was actually really interesting. It showed you how the font was designed and how it is used almost everywhere today. Coming home, I actually noticed that it is used in so many ads and logos! Did anyone watch any cool documentaries or learn about the history of what they are studying?


Helvetica Movie Poster

PS. A few people have asked me what supplies we use in the class and I wanted to show everyone what goes into type design! Here they are: