Alice Garcia is a Mexican American college student that is currently studying in New York City College of Technology. She is one of 6 children consisting of one younger sister and four older brothers. No one expected Alice to follow the drawing arts since her parents expected her to be a doctor, lawyer, or teacher. Nevertheless, she’s into photography and the gathering of ideas based on her surroundings to create a new perception behind a structure. Alice is currently majoring in communication design (COMD) and is wanting to see the hidden talents that she is to expand on.
Question 1: What catches your eye when looking at other people’s work?
When I look at someone’s work, I look at the creativity of the creation or look for differences between their work and mine. If a detail catches my attention, I like to say “Hey, that’s very good work you did there.” or “I like what you did to make it look very good.” or “It’s very presentable without making it seem like you ever did too many drafts to get this as a final result.” The final results are the overall of the hard work, developing and planning of what to do from start to finish for that specific assignment or homework. Mainly I look to see if there was really effort given especially if you see prints on the work because that says a lot as if they were poorly or if it was put away somewhere safe to protect the work without it ending up being wrinkled up.
Question 2: What is the school work like in your coursework?
There is a lot to keep checking on the school website because of there being a homework, a project having a specific due date during the week. Sometimes it maybe a lot but, it is college, it’s no longer like highschool where you would be told things to do. The classwork can be easy, yet a bit troubling especially with a drawing class… even if someone is just learning how to draw no professor expects a freshman to draw at a high standard, but it just mean that not everything is easy at first. It takes time to be able to do this and that without struggling on measuring certain spaces on the paper of a workpiece. There are a lot of standards that professors expect us to be able to do and be responsible for our own things and be well prepared with certain necessary items for the next class. As a result there’s obstacles I must overcome and it pushes me to strive for the better.
Question #3- What is your motivation (eg creative expression) in graphic design?
My motivation in graphic design is to learn more of what’s there to get out and develop from it. I have created certain things like creating logos or learned the ways with photography or how to use the photoshop programs to develop new creations. I believe that what I’m learning right now is helping me improve with new experience on how there are many ways to present or demonstrate within my projects or homeworks, by following the guidelines, suggestions, and other opinions of other classmates. I use everything I have learned so far from the beginning of this semester and from high school. I want to improve with gaining so many skills that are or will be beyond what I had started with. In high school, I didn’t get into drawing since I never had an art class but drawing was a hobby of mine but now I must overcome the habit of me saying “I can’t draw” into “I can do it if I put the effort into bettering drawing as not just a hobby.” I see other classmates determined to reach their own goals and I want to follow that path and believe truly that I can successfully make it happen if I work very hard to really be someone in the future.
Question #4- What job do you desire after this?
I want to be a graphic designer, although at first I thought about following into the advertisement path, but then I thought I have done more of the graphic design things like logos and usage of other programs. But there is a part of me that thinks that I really want to keep persuading this area of work, and also I’m trying to expand my knowledge on the course, so I can be utile on other fragments of work. There is something intrinsic about creating something for the sake of creating, which is why if my knowledge can be used for the greater good I am pleased. So I am looking forward to being a graphics designer, to better help the media understand the purpose I am trying to imply of the product or slowly unveil the meanings. Mostly a job in business corporations.
What is your avatar? How does it represent you?
The avatar that I chose is an actual picture of me that I took on snapchat which is not from too long ago, probably 3 weeks ago. The reason I picked this picture as my avatar is because I want to show others my real appearance as an actual person and also what there is for others to describe of me. I wear glasses since probably middle school and even then you would probably believe that I’m smart, too. In the avatar, I don’t smile like that either in pictures but I can sometimes. I also always carry a necklace with my first name initial. I don’t like having my hair long so I keep it short around shoulder length. The one thing I like to do is play around with adding filters to my pictures like the one on my avatar to look more creative and look nice when I edit it. Here I present myself as a future graphic designer.