PSC art student bolsters resume with real-life experience on campus

Prairie State College art student Olivia Willoughby has always been interested in pursuing a career in art. However, it wasn’t until she had been in college for a couple of years studying journalism that she realized how strong her passion was. The Homewood-Flossmoor High School graduate distinctly remembers the first time she realized her love of art. “In kindergarten, like most kids my age, I was really into (the animated cartoon) “Pokémon,” she said. “One day there was a picture of the character Raichu on the cover of a newspaper. My dad took a piece of paper and drew it, and it made me want to start drawing.” Ironically, it was Willoughby’s parents who initially were reluctant to support her creativity and desire to go to school to study graphic design, and it was under their guidance that she started studying journalism during her first two years of college at Northern Illinois University. And, she admits that her ultimate career goal still falls under the journalism category, but not necessarily in the way her parents envisioned. “I had to convince my parents to be OK with me pursuing a career in graphic design,” she said. But, her successes in school since she refocused her attention on the artistic side of journalism have made her parents proud. Most recently, her work was highlighted through a mixed media piece using freehand drawing and graphic elements on the front and back cover of the PSC summer schedule. She says the design took her approximately 120 hours to complete, but that it was worth it for all the experience she gained in the process. The schedule is distributed throughout the PSC district, and it includes a biography and design credit for her work. “I’ve never done anything like this before, and a lot of research went into this project,” she said. “I told myself, if I wanted to do this as a professional, I really needed to take the time to look at what were the real elements of summer,” she added. Read the full article here:

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