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Illustration- Minor in Theater Arts
Syracuse NY

And the Results are in...

Clarissa Baston on Monday, 01 March 2010. Posted in Academic Calendar, Advising & Support, Coursework, Faculty

I must admit, I got ridiculously lucky this quarter because I ended up not having any finals!  But that does not mean that my classes were a piece of cake.  I only had one professor, who happend to teach all my classes and they were probably the hardest classes that I took thus far.  I really had trouble keeping up with everything, but I ended up learning a lot.

In my pop-up book class, I learned new techniques and gained a better appreciation for the art of pop-up books.  I was walking through Barnes and Noble the other day and came across a couple pop-up books and instead of just flipping quickly through it, I actually studied them and tried to figure out how they put the book together.  It's really facinating.  This is a cool class to take and can make any portfolio stand out.

Here's what my project looked like!  I was inspired by my Christmas trip to the Philippines...

For my Dimensional Illuatration class, we had a lot more freedom to do whatever we wanted and I got to have a lot of fun with my overall project.  We had to create three illustrations that are a part of a series.  I chose to do the infamous 'monkeys jumping on the bed' story.  I chose to mix it up a little and set it up like a cake...without using cake (it's expensive and doesn't last very long)  I liked how it turned out.  :)


So that's what I did this quarter.  I did a lot better than I had expected.  Hopefully next quarter will bring the same kind of luck...but I do know that I will have my fair share of stress...I'm just looking forward to graduating! :)

Comments (4)

  • Kevin


    10 March 2010 at 14:03 |
    Hi Clarissa,
    I am an incoming illistration major. Would you recommend me trying to get housing in the Art House?

  • Clarissa Baston

    Clarissa Baston

    10 March 2010 at 14:19 |

    I personally did not stay in the Art House, but was seriously considering it when I was coming into RIT. I do know people who have lived there and absolutely loved it because you were surrounded by people with similar majors/interests. Also, there are studio spaces on that floor, which come in very very very handy because working on projects in your dorm room can turn out to be more difficult than you would prefer. So I would definitely recommend trying to get in. If not, you can be an "off-floor" member. This means you get to go on the floor and use the spaces, you just live in a different area. Hope this helps!

  • Christina Salvas

    Christina Salvas

    04 April 2010 at 17:00 |
    Hey Clarissa,

    I'm a first year student at RIT majoring in Graphic Design. I love the school, and I've really thrived on the work of the foundations year (although a lot of kids just hate freshman drawing haha...) I realized that I'm really sacrificing my love and talent for drawing/illustration because I always thought graphic design was more marketable, and had better job opportunities. Now that theres only a few more weeks of my first year left, I'm trying to decide if I should switch majors- it would be easy to start up in illustration next fall as the foundation courses are universal.
    So, my questions are: do you love RIT's illustration program? Is the program mostly drawing, or illustration that is computer rendered? How are the professors, and is there any teacher in particular that I could talk to/ show my work to? Im really on the fence because graphic design seems less and less for me.

    Thank you so much! Id appreciate any advice.

  • Clarissa Baston

    Clarissa Baston

    04 April 2010 at 17:19 |
    Hi Christina!

    The illustration program is great! The students and professors are like one big (and sometimes silly) family. I switched to Illustration from Fine Arts Studio my 2nd year here at RIT and it was an easy transition. What I noticed about the program is that there is a wide range of disciplines you take an eventually focus on. Some people lean more towards traditional illustration, while other go digital. You can get a taste of everything! The main goal is to develop your own style that people will eventually recognize you for.

    The professors are great as well. They are no nonsense, but they really help guide you through your college career. I recommend talking to either Bill Finewood or Bob Dorsey, their my 1st and 2nd advisers. They are well known illustrators and really know their stuff.

    I hope this helps and if you have any other questions, just let me know!


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