Inspirational Thinking

So, the train ride to class is getting increasingly boring since the scenery never changes. More boredom = more creative thinking! (What a surprise – I’m complaining about the train again!)

Train ride to FIT


Train to FIT

The super exciting, crowded train ride to Manhattan

Anywho, sitting on the train and asking myself questions is almost philosophical to an extent. I know it sounds crazy, but asking yourself questions can really help you figure out your incentives and passions. Why am I doing this? Is this actually worth getting up at 6 in the morning on a Saturday? …God, I think I forgot to do the homework assignment. My life is over.

Jokes aside, I actually thought about why I like to do what I do, and what inspired me to keep pursuing graphic art. When I was little and used the computer I would see graphics all over the screen and I was so fascinated to know how it was made and how it all worked together to create beautiful images. Growing up with a computer as well as Photoshop allowed me to explore a field unknown to me and my parents since it was still on the brink of existence to almost all.

A look down Ave of the Americas

A look down Ave of the Americas

More recently, however, my friends and peers inspire me to be who I am as well as try my best at art. I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again – I do not consider myself good at drawing. My friends continue to tell me that I’m doing great and if I keep trying I’ll be wonderful at it one day. It really helps to have support from people who you aspire to be like. For example, my friend Lex is an extraordinary artist and I love her with all my heart. She is one of my role models when it comes to things in the artistic field, and to have her support means so much to me. When someone who inspires you gives you their hope and their time, it makes you want to strive for the best.

Alexis Costanza and Joey Criscione

Lex and I in our computer graphics class

In an aesthetic way, my favorite band, The 1975, inspires me and my art style. Their personality and sound ranges from quirky to serious to indie, and it reflects my abstract preferences and choices when making art.

The 1975

The 1975, via Flippen Music

That’s all for this week! Next week, I’ll be visiting the Whitney Museum of American Art – more updates to follow!
Thanks for reading,
Joey Criscione

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