The image above is the third in a series of collages from a childhood sketchbook.
A few weeks ago, Ames and I drove down to Orlando to see one of my best friends from college get married. While I was in town, I managed to find time one morning to head over to the UCF campus to check out my old stomping ground. A lot has changed in 5 years. The stadium is AWESOME, roads have been completely moved, and construction is still going on everywhere. The Visual Arts building however, where I spent the better part of 4 years, is eerily the same. I checked the schedule in the department office and saw that my favorite graphic design professor, Chuck Abraham, was in the middle of a full-day Digital Illustration class, so I decided to rudely pop in and sit down. I’m glad I did. He was talking to the class about the illustration work of Burne Hogarth, which was fascinating and new to me. After the lesson, he left the students to work on an Illustration assignment and took some time to show me around and talk about what’s going on in the art department.
One of the stops in our impromptu tour was the UCF Art Gallery. Seeing the type and calibre of work that was displayed in the MFA Thesis Exhibition really made me miss being in such a focused, creative environment. If you ask Amy what I want to do when I grow up, one of the many occupations that she’ll list – some more ridiculous than others – is a college professor. My experience at UCF had a lot to do with that, and being back on campus made me seriously think about getting my masters. It probably won’t be while Amy is still in school, and I have a lot of other competing life goals, but getting to teach people about something I love to do is just as fun as doing it in my opinion. In the mean time, I’ll just keep doing what I love and loving what I do and I’m sure everything else will fall into place.