This should be a fairly short blog. I am in the process of moving 2,800 miles from Orlando FL to my hometown near San Jose, CA. I miss the bay area like crazy, the air, the culture, the taquerias, and most of all my friends & family. I came to FL to study and finally get my bachelors degree. When I moved out here two years ago my only real goals were to find a little direction and get my diploma. Now that I am packing up the diploma carries very little significance, but I am so proud of how I have grown as an artist and a person.
I went to school at Full Sail, and the decision was primarily motivated by three factors: One, I could get my bachelors in a 2 years. Two, the cost of living is significantly lower in FL. Three, I was offered a 40k scholarship. The school itself was somewhat of a letdown, which I will probably discuss in detail some other time once I have gathered my thoughts. Suffice it to say that Full Sail’s design faculty are a great group of people working very hard in a school system that is fundamentally broken. At Full Sail you are given a lot of assignments to do in a very short amount of time, but the grading rubrics are set up in a way that it is easy to get good grades regardless of quality. Instructors are clearly being discourages to fail students. I realized very quickly that I was going to have to learn to be objective and assess my own work.
I decided very early on that school was just a piece of developing my creative career and I was going to have to set my own standards and develop my own projects. At any given time in the last two years I have had at least two personal projects that I have been working on in addition to my school work. This allowed me to try a lot of different things and really work on my time management. A lot of these projects weren’t very good, many of them were in a style that I don’t plan on exploring, or a medium I no longer want to work in. But every single one helped me grow and find direction.
There is a saying in business ventures “Fail fast and fail cheap”. School is really the perfect time for that.
These projects weren’t all failures either, when I was building my portfolio towards the end of school only one of six project was for school, the rest were all personal projects.
By the end of my time at Full Sail University I had about 12 finished sketchbooks, a portfolio, a new website, and two dresser drawers FULL of 11x17 pages of loose artwork, ink textures, and life drawings.
My diploma is just another piece of paper but that pile of artwork is an accomplishment.