One jewel I've picked up along the way is having my sketchpad with me at all times. As good of an artist as I am not - incorrect grammar used for dramatic effect – it is a helpful tool and sometimes necessary to scribble out a quick idea that will later develop into something great. (You always think you will remember... trust me, you won't.) Plus, the more you practice your skills, the more your develop and train the eye. We live in such a digital society it was initially foreign for me to put pen to paper and visually express what I'm thinking, and I am much better at verbalizing a concept. (Or so I thought before I came to NYSID. Again, I digress...) Aside from our digital technology, it's important to remember the visual 3-dimensional world we live in, full of color and sound and inspiration all around us. So, keep paper and writing utensils on you at all times, open your eyes, and observe. You never know when that moment of greatness will strike, so be prepared!
"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet."
- Bobby Unser, NASCAR Driver, 3x Indy 500 Champion
Briana Y. Earl
IIDA Representative, MFA Candidate, Class of 2015