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“Storm”

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This is a piece of artwork that I created recently that was inspired by a recent dream I experienced involving movement and energy. I don’t always post my artwork on here but some of my readers were curious about my artistic endeavors as well! I hope you enjoy!

xo Mandy

Collegiette Clue-Ins: 5 Tips on How to Survive and Thrive as a Digital Media Major!

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1. Deadlines are etchedย in stone, signed and sealed. Don’t waste a single breath on making an excuse because most of these professors understand you’re a creative individual, a creative liar especially, and will refrain from giving you the opportunity to cop out. Granted, there will be some professors who will sigh and accept profuse bleeding as a minimally acceptable excuse but I wouldn’t push the limits on this one. They’re gonna say that if the blood wasn’t coming from your eyes or your hands, you could still manage a decent design.

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2. Start your projects early. In high school, you probably got away with frequent and conscious procrastination. If you have two weeks available to you, inhale and exhale digital design until you feel like you’re in desperate need of oxygen, submit your assignments before the deadline, and regain breath. It’s all about being punctual and knowing when you need to get work done and when to avoid clicking cat videos. Priorities, people, priorities. Get er’ done.

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3. If the work isn’t even believable to you, for the love of god, do not try to dispute the grade. I repeat. ABORT MISSION. Quietly accept that you can’t win this fight and prepare immensely for the next opportunity you have to pack a punch. That infamous question will arise in the midst of that uncomfortable conversation you chose to initiate with your professor, “why did you do this?”, and if you can’t explain your process, you’re a goner if you don’t know how to prove what you did was what was best for the assignment. Make your workย not only beautiful but also believable! Remember, convincing yourself of the assignment’s success comes before convincing someone else that your concept reflects thought. You can’t teach what you don’t know.

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4. Don’t challenge the strength that is the copyright. Your grade will reflect your originality. Copying another artist’s work, especially as a Digital Media major, is like sinning in church. We’re all artists begging to have our creative voices heard, and the last think we want is to hear our concepts sputtering out of someone else’s distasteful mouth. Who would want to collab with a cheater, anyway? You’d be better off manning the project alone.

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5. Be true to your style at the end of the day (note that I said at the end of the day!). It can be hard to let this concept continue to house your mind because all of your Digital Media professors will want to tug your arms in their own direction and essentially leave you with no limbs to fight back from the artistic suppression they want to force upon you. I’m exaggerating, but seriously. You should do what you can to satisfy the standards of the class without sacrificing what makes your work a reflection of who you are! It’s tricky, frustrating, and saddening at times to feel like your work isn’t “A”-worthy at every go, but when you take all the knowledge that they offer you and your own creative spirit and merge them into this crazy artistic powerhouse within your mind, you can do anything. Seriously anything. Screw dreams. Let your art take you on an adventure worth working for!

Do you have any suggestions for all the fantastic Digital Media majors out there?

Comment Below!

xo Mandirito

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Art from the Heart

Art from the Heart

Not only do I write, but I also draw, paint, and create digital works. I take both my writing and my artwork very seriously, because they are both near to my heart. If you want to check out my other works, you are more than welcome to do so. I know some of you have been asking.

http://cramerartistry.wordpress.com/

The Truth About Settling for “Realities” Over Dreams

So many of my peersย come to me with the same thoughts and feelings about how they want to pursue their dreams. They have so many ideas for what they want to do with their lives, but the lack of support they receive from family, especially parents, becomes a breaking point when the words are to be put to action. I, myself, struggled with this feeling. All of my life, I had the full intent to do something artistic. Of course, when you’re an artist, though, the responses that you receive when you explain that you want to pursue something “artistic” are less than satisfactory. Always the same shrugs, nose crinkles, head shakes, and sighs. I understand the discouragement that others in my situation have experienced. It took me some time to evaluate what I enjoyed doing other than artwork, and I came to the conclusion that I am skilled and find great fascination in the workings of the computer. It’s technology and artistry combined into one beautiful machine! That was when I knew that I could have it my way, and still get paid enough to be able to put food on the table.

Not all of our dreams are enough to make a living off of, unfortunately, which is discouraging at the least. But like my situation, though, when there is a will, there’s a way. If you want to pursue something that wouldn’t necessarily be successful in itself immediately (or would be something that would require more time to take off than a position in, say, an established company), evaluate how you can pursue it and still be able to pay for your necessities. As for my own experience, I’ve always wanted to break into the art world. Therefore, I am studying a major that is both practical and creative, while continuing my own creative pursuits on the side. Everything takes time, but knowing what you want and how to get it takes the “work” out of it. If you really want something, anything is possible if you put your focus on it.

When you’re choosing what to do with your life, don’t let the judgment of others cloud your own judgment. If you feel that you can do what you want to do and succeed, then it’s important that you do just that. They will not be living your life. You will. You’ll be going to work everyday. You want to make sure that what you dedicate your life to is an occupation that feels less like work and more like something you love. Don’t settle for something that doesn’t keep your heart happy by the end of the day.

What can you do to make your dreams a reality, and what stepping stones do you have to follow to get where you’d like to go in the future?

What is it about your goal occupation that makes you desire it, and how can practicality come into play to ensure your success?

Daily Writing Prompt: Do you enjoy spending time alone? What do you do when you’re alone?

Ultimately, I wouldn’t want to end up alone, but spending some alone time has never bothered me. I actually find it therapeutic in a way, as I am not the most social person on the face of the earth. I have my socialization limits, and in between outings, spending time alone is how I…. recharge myself, you could say. I exert a lot of energy socializing, and it’s not to say that I don’t enjoy it, but that I need time in between to leave myself to my own thoughts. With that being said, my alone time is, in fact, enjoyable to me. I like to rejuvenate my energy on my own, and it’s worked successfully this way in the past so I have continued to use alone time as recovery time from everyday stresses.

When I have alone time, I spent a good amount of that time writing, drawing, and painting. Creativity keeps me happy and keeps my mind focused and active, which is always a good thing to have. If I don’t feel like creating, however, I find enjoyment in listening to music, dancing, and spending time outside. I’m also a sucker for a good romantic comedy if all else fails.