Friday, September 12, 2008
I'm pretty sure the only skill they are trying to teach us in my graphic design studio class is the art of repitition. For the last 3 weeks, my life has consisted of drawing squares, coloring squares with markers, painting squares, cutting squares... The bottom of the three pictures is what I have spent the majority of my time on. I can't even count the hours I've spent perfecting those little 20 cm squares...there is no margin for error when we turn these in and it's a lot harder than it looks. I'll spare you the messy details, but so far I have learned to have a lot of patience as the only way to get these bloody things perfect is to do it over and OVER again.
It's rather pathetic... my roommates just shake their head everytime they come home and see me working on these. Sylvia probably says at least daily, "All you ever do is squares! Just squares and more squares!"
I was having a hard time in this studio class though because everything was so new to me and I seriously felt like a fish out of water. I was discouraged after every class because I felt like I could never get this right, but praise God, I had my first good class this Wednesday. My hard work finally paid off when I did my homework of 10 sketches (which took me a minimum of oh, four hours. I wanted to laugh in my professor's face when he said they're "just sketches" and it should be "quick") and went to class to discover only about 3 out of 24 students had done all 10 sketches. My professor lectured the whole class on not doing the required work, so it felt good to be on top for once. Then when looking over my sketches, he complimented me on my good work and the variety of sketches I made. I was so happy!
I'm getting into the groove of things here at ASU and enjoying myself more as I get to know my classmates (I have an awesome friend named Jillian who's from Canada and has been the greatest help to me, EVER!) and the way the program works. The huge campus seems smaller when I can pick out familiar faces and find my way around campus with ease. Plus, I'm getting quite a bit of exercise walking everywhere. Yeah! So things are looking up! :)