HOW POPULAR CULTURE AFFECTED MY PERSPECTIVE IN 2012 **CRINGE WORTHY**

My identity is still pending AND THAT’S OK.

My thoughts aren’t always linear AND IT’S CHILL.

Here is the earliest completed sketchbook from UW-Stout that I can find.  Brian Ritchie assigned us 30 self portraits over the course of a semester and I whined about it internally/externally the whole semester.  P.S. I had a terrible attitude my first 3 or so years of college and it still haunts me most days;  I cringe at myself hard and often, and I love that I have the ability to face and acknowledge rejection.

SHOUT-OUT TO MY HOMIES IN DRAWING 2 AND BRIAN RITCHIE AND EVERY PROFESSOR I HAD ; ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN MY FRIEND

In hindsight, Drawing 2 was one of my favorite classes.  I would include Drawing 1 as well, but I was so nervous to be around so many creative minds, my tendency to be anxious in social situations won.  That’ll happen.

THAT’S LIFE HOMIE.

I feel I never really properly thanked Brian Ritchie for being one of the many and extraordinary professors I interacted with at UW-Stout.  UW-Stout taught me to think for myself.  I never really took the time to embrace my own thoughts because I was trying so hard to fit in to the standards that were set for me.  This isn’t a rant about any social movement, this is how I was raised.  It was just Elementary School, Middle School, High School all over again; just patterns.

This is my last year at Stout and I honestly can’t wait to leave what I feel is often petty drama, whether it is or not.  BUT, bad attitude or not- the professors I met and the peers I interacted with changed the course of life.  I could never ever re-pay you guys for everything you did for me without even knowing it.  Every smile my friends shot my way, any stupid pun, it all helped.  I have some semblance of a goal/ vision in my head for the first time in a long time.  THANK YOU.

SHOUTSOUT ALSO TO MY FAMILY MA DAD ADAM JORDON TIM KAREN LORI LINDSEY JOHN AHHHHH ALL OF THEM+++++++++++MORE

Is this getting too emotional?  HERE’S SOME CRINGEY-ASS SELF PORTRAITS!  Every drawing is associated with a song lyric that was probably important to me at some point because I think in song lyrics sometimes.  Don’t get it twisted;  I love these drawings.  They are so honest.  I experimented with some cheap medias and it was one of the most fun things I have done artistically.

EXPLORATION IS FUN

Popular culture still affects me a lot because I listen to rap songs mostly but I think it’s OK.  Also, I thought I’d give you guys one last glimpse at me doing everything incorrectly: SHITTY, POORLY CROPPED SCANS INCLUDED!

EVERYTHING IS OK UNTIL IT ISN’T.  FIND BALANCE.  KNOW YOUR LIMITS.

TRY.

i’LL SHARE SOME MORE adnvanced sketches later – maybe I’ll show you some of my game stuff!  MAYBE I’LL MAKE A TUMBLR!  MAYBE I’LL MAKE MY OWN SITE! I DUNNO!  IT’S OK!

LOVE LOVE

20-23 YEAR OLD ALYSSA 🙂

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