Creatively Career-minded

My adventurous pursuit of a second career in art is still in full swing.  Every single week I learn something new.  I often wonder where art has been all my life.  It’s like meeting your soul mate after dating a series of duds.  Actually, I imagine that’s what it’s like.  My soul mate is in hiding and I’m still in the dud phase.  No, I’m actually in the nun phase (without the marriage-to-Jesus part).  But I digress…

This past week, we had a great speaker from ElCo’s career center.  He gave us the low-down on resume preparation, cover letters, and the all-important “30-second-commercial”.  I’m a little wordy, so my commercial is probably more like 45 seconds, but I’ll work on it.

We also divided up into groups this week and presented our portfolios to each other.  It was really fun looking at what other people had done.  It was especially exciting to see some of the work of students who have been at ElCo for a few years.   They’ve already taken some of the classes I hope to take next year.  A couple of women in our group had wonderful animated pieces and sample graphic design brochures.  A third woman had several high-school portraits of Janet Jackson and a mardi gras mask that was a lot of fun.

My own portfolio was modest indeed.  As a newbie to the school and to the world of art, I didn’t have much to show for myself.  But my drawings and portraits are pretty awesome and I was able to organize them in a very attractive and professional way.  I slipped a business card in at the beginning and a resume (anemic though it was) at the end.  Overall I am satisfied with my progress but keenly aware of how far I have to go.

Most of my art work this week has been playing with character-creation.  Although I feel pretty confident drawing realistic portraits in graphite, working with comic line drawings is different.  The shading is more suggested than actual, every line counts, and inking requires a lot more caution than graphite pencil.  In short, I’m out of my league.  But I’ve never been one to run from a challenge, so…it’s ON bitches!

Now go follow your bliss…

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