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RISD Drawings:

These are the two drawings that are part of the RISD Application. I’m applying for the Illustration program for this Fall! 

The first  (Make a drawing that uses both sides of the sheet of paper) is my view on people - a myriad of complexities make up each person, but what I can see is only ever skin over flesh over bone. 

The second is the ubiquitous RISD bike drawing, and I confess, the hardest part (to me) was the brainstorming bit before I actually decided to draw something, because any google search of “RISD bike” yields so many amazing, interesting (and intimidating!) takes, and I kept second guessing my own ideas and dismissing them as not good enough. I think that’s very damaging as an artist, to keep doubting and disparaging your own work. 

In any case, I’m rather pleased with how these turned out. I’ll be mailing them out tomorrow, and the rest is out of my hands. Or rather, the rest is some rather frantic essay writing. 

The best of luck to you all, especially my fellow uni-applicant-hopefuls! Let’s all try to not hate our own work so much - we’re collections of imagery and ideas that are unique to us, our childhood homes and stories and cultures make up a visual identity that cannot be replicated, so never feel like your art is worth nothing.

Lots of love!~

HALP

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Drawing #1 | reference a bicycle   

finally! done! with my RISD bike!!!!! 

drawing #2 is posted here and both are now at the post office waiting to be shipped out to admissions. what a huge weight off my back (´⌣`)

good luck to my fellow applicants! 

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My two submissions for the RISD college App. (The infamous bike drawing and the extra assignment, which I chose light) Proud to say that these and my portfolio got me into the RISD class of 2019! So hopefully, I can improve enough these few months of high school to really get a good college experience. 

The RISD 2014/2015 Undergraduate Application Drawing Assignments went live on Sunday.  What’s new for the upcoming year?  

Like last year, we require two drawings on 16X20 inch paper.  The drawings need to be folded into quarters, and you need to send them (via 1st class mail or courier) to RISD so that we receive them by the application deadline.  International students should use a courier service, and domestic students should use priority or first class mail.

Our new drawing assignments address two key areas of your creative process: the perceptual and the conceptual.

Perceptual means from direct observation, so the first drawing should be done from direct observation and should not use photographs as a reference.  It can be either a bicycle or an interior environment.  That’s right.  You now have the option to draw the bicycle or something else.

The conceptual drawing involves your creative problem solving skills.  For this drawing you can create a drawing instrument or tool, do a drawing with that instrument, send us the drawing and upload an image or video of the instrument to slideroom with your portfolio.  Your second option is to do a drawing that expresses sound, light, motion, or time.

For more details about the drawing assignments or any other application requirements connect with us at RISD Admissions.

Want to get some feedback on your progress? Meet us at a National Portfolio Day!

Have more questions?  Email us at admissions@risd.edu or join the RISD Admissions Facebook Group.

My 10,000th post!

This is the drawing I made to apply to the Rhode Island School of Design (I was waitlisted, and then pulled from the waitlist, so at the end of the day, I was accepted). The assignment was to make a drawing that referenced a bicycle. This is a self portrait. The glasses are bicycle wheels. Reflected in the glasses are wide open fields of dreams and opportunities, that are blocked by the spokes of the bike wheels that were imposed by the art school. My tongue is my way of saying “fuck you” to the art world, and the  collegiate institution as a whole. The background is made up of the words “I do what I want,” in Anglo-Saxon runes. (see, I was saying fuck you to college looong before I even got here. also, on the off chance that anyone who doesn’t follow me sees this, I do not go to RISD, I go to VCUarts).

16x20 inches, graphite.