Saturday, May 17, 2014

Meanwhile, Back At The Quad

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______I told you darling little sea slugs a long while back about that most splenderrific opportunity that my supercalifragilisticexpialidocious of a professor got me at the beginning of the Spring semester, the opportunity where I could illustrate something for the Department of Religious Studies at my university (and get paaaaaaaaid) (insert sparkly saucer eyes.)

______During one of the final weekly meetings with the man who heads the department, he asked me how things were coming along. I told him in all honesty that it was much more work than I had expected, though still very enjoyable! He proceeded to ask how much I thought the project was worth now, and I thought about it for a second and told him. He took a minute to think with a deep, "Hmmmm," then casually tossed out a number larger than the one I did; you can imagine my heart pounced in my chest like a leaping grasshopper on stimulant drugs, 'cause it did.

______I tried to stay cool as a frozen cucumber but it might not have worked. It probably didn't work. I'm just not cool. I melted. Melty cucumber Ali Hval.

UA Dept. of Religious Studies Newsletter Spring 2014UA Dept. of Religious Studies Newsletter Spring 2014UA Dept. of Religious Studies Newsletter Spring 2014

______This was my first time being paid for something art related that wasn't snapping scenic family portraits or taking a series of photos of my neighbors' kids for senior yearbook pages. The idea is that opposed to a newsletter blatantly stating the department's current happenings, there are two students walking around discussing what's going on, like some omniscient mind-reading students that lurk in the shadows of the department. Thus, it may make no sense to all of you guys. 1,000 copies of this have been printed and sent out, which is shocking and exciting!

UA Dept. of Religious Studies Newsletter Spring 2014
UA Dept. of Religious Studies Newsletter Spring 2014
UA Dept. of Religious Studies Newsletter Spring 2014

______This newsletter led to what is now my art job this summer, which is curating a hearty set of comics based on happenings within the department and critical thinking problems. Plus, all the professors have not-so-sneaky superhero disguises; it's fantastic seeing professors who have written complex books and articles get pumped over thinking what their disguise should be: a Zorro mask? A bandana? A tiny cowboy hat and cape? People rock, guys.

______I can't post the actual comics I'm currently illustrating until their department blog has them live, but a sneak peak of the all the professors' secret lair wouldn't hurt. How about that coffee maker as a centerpiece?

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18 comments:

aimerose said...

I just came across your blog and I love it! Had to follow you immediately! And you are so pretty Ali!
Would love if you checked out my blog sometime too so we can stay in touch!

AIMEROSE

Kristian said...

Ha! This is such a clever campaign and I'm so glad that you are (and that they are able to) compensate you to really taking into consideration the work going into it!

Jacqueline Stewart said...

awww yay! I love this comic and I am so excited for you to be getting paid to do something you love! You talented lil squid you! :D

Keit said...

Being paid for what was once your hobby is one of the most rewarding and stressful moments in life! :D I'm so happy for you! ^_^
Wonder what my mask would be if I was a professor...maybe some bunny ears, that would be cool :D

Jodie said...

These are awesome- please post your comics once they go live on the department blog x

Ivana Split said...

This is amazing Ali! Great work! I love the details, the buildings and the rest of it...and the way you have written everything is really cool and the dialogues sound natural. I'm really proud of you:)!

Hoda Katebi said...

AHhh oh my gosh how are you so talented!? Leave at least some artistic ability for the rest of us, eh? I really hope you are able to post the full comics on the blog once they are published!! Can't wait to see! c:

<(') Hoda || JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

Rachel said...

:) This is just too cool, Ali! I remember the very first time I ever sold an article to a magazine, because words are my version of art, I think that was a very comparable experience to this. Great things will come! It's pretty awesome to be paid for something that you're talented at and love to do!

Rory said...

Supa dupa talented as always Ali :)
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Joyce said...

Ali! This is soooo cool! I love this unique idea. The Department of Religious Studies is so lucky to have you illustrate for them :)

Linda B said...

I've been looking at your illustrations on Facebook Ali, and you're awesome! This comic style is genius, and I'm honestly looking forward to finding out more about their superhero identities xD

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LyddieGal said...

Wow, that is a lot of work, but you did an amazing job, and good for you for speaking up and making the big bucks! It's so awesome the entire school is going to see you work and your name. You will be practically famous.
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Sam said...

Congratulations Ali, this is amazing, your talents exceed just beautiful artworks, they include amaze comic work too! And the best part is you're being paid for something you're so brilliant at. So happy for you! It was great hearing your thoughts, have a splendid week ahead!

Nami said...

And now my 'lil Turd, you are more famous than a fart in church! As per usual (and ask me if I'm surprised? NOT) your true talent shows through. I love the details, too. Are those windows smiling, or is it just my overblown imagination? Can I touch the hem of your skirt? You are too much. And to think some of my red blood courses through your veins! Such an endearing thought. Continue with the awe-inspiring handiwork, my little precious! You make your Nami immensely proud.

E said...

This is so amazing! I love the different layouts and scenery! I would be disappointed if you weren't getting paid to do this because it really is professional!

mochaccinoland said...

oh my gosh! is there a limit to your talent???? u are really amazing gal! isn't it great to get paid for doing something u really enjoy doing? :D

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jess said...

That looks really good and its such a great idea.

Samantha said...

Ahhh, that's awesome! The world of art is so fickle, it's amazing (yet not at all questionable) that you're receiving this opportunity and so young! Good for you, girl :)