First Crit of the Semester


When it comes to critiques, they can either be good, bad, or boring. I've sat through more than I can count and I've had ones where people have made me cry by ripping my work apart. Depending on your professor and classmates, it can be a pretty horrid experience. On the flip side, you could have classmates that are there to encourage you and give constructive criticism.

The art world can be a harsh place and having tough skin is pretty much essential. There will always be people that will dislike your work but you know what? Fuck them. All you need to do is keep pushing yourself. As long as you like your work, the haters don't matter.

Last week we critiqued our collages where we had to incorporate at least 3 images. I had 5 images overall; two images of BB, a beach in California, Chicago city scene and Centennial Park. Another requirement was that we had to take all of these images ourselves. NO STOCK PHOTOS. Luckily I had these images collecting dust (digital dust?) on my computer so I didn't have to run out and shoot. Being a photo grad actually came in handy.

I'm in a beginner's class where most of my classmates are starting from scratch but I've used PhotoShop a lot in the past so I didn't struggle much. Everyone had great things to say and weren't surprised that I have a photo background. *Cue my head getting huge*. It's nowhere near my best work but I'm happy with how it came out.

Many of my classmates also had great collages and I'm excited to see how we all progress as the semester continues. Our next assignments are creating a comic book cover and a poster for a museum in DC. I've already started my comic book design and it's coming along pretty well.

With every class I've taken I get more and more confident that I made the right decision to go back to school. I'm right where I need to be.

What have you been working on lately?