Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Paris: It's Official!!

A few months ago I scrambled within my busy schedule to prepare a portfolio, gather letters of recommendation from professors, and put together an application package for an exchange trip to study abroad for a semester. I got it all sorted out, submitted to a few schools in Europe, and then the waiting game started.


I have never experienced something quite like the way I felt during this waiting period. I jumped back and forth along the biggest spectrum of emotions and feelings and thoughts, from feeling absolutely ecstatic at the idea of going, to being miserable at the thought of not getting accepted, to getting furious that I was turning down so (sooo) many opportunities in the upcoming 6 months because I couldn't commit, to not wanting to go at all and trying to justify this to myself. It was a roller coaster - the totally intense kind that gives you whiplash and bruises on your hips when you swing side to side in the seat and makes you so nauseated you puke up all the comfort food you ate while you were stressing out.

(Things got weird... clearly...)


Imagine my relief when I woke up one morning to an e-mail telling me I'd been accepted to study at a school in Paris. And the extra relief that came with me just being purely flat out totally excited, no other feelings, no spectrum. Just excited. A little terrified at moments, but mostly excited!

I mean PARIS. As an art student, can you dream for anything more? It's a cliché but in the most wonderful way. I've also lucked out and found out that some friends from elementary school, all three of us at different universities, are all going to Paris at the same time. Their school over there happens to be right around the corner from the school I'll be studying at. Small world? Crazy small.

I am so, so excited for this adventure. Obviously I'll be blogging about it all right here, and if anyone's been to Paris and has any sight seeing suggestions shoot them my way!


Friday, December 13, 2013

12 Roles That Better Suit Mayor Rob Ford

I'm sure some of you, if not all of you, have heard about all of Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford nonsense. It's been a world-wide news topic. Yup. Not Toronto's proudest moment... or moments... ongoing moment... it's pretty brutal but at least we can find some humour in it! 

I made this poster for an infographic assignment and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! Some of them are random, some of them are jokes based on particular Ford incidents. 

For those of you who may not have heard about Rob Ford, I'll sum it up for you. Rob Ford is our mayor and has admitted to smoking crack, has a long history of public intoxication, lots of allegations of drunk driving and other stupidity, says explicit things about his sex life on live television, swears infront of kids, violently charges at people in City Hall,and the list keeps going and going and going. Politics have never been more like an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Disclaimer: As a native Torontonian, I can safely say we are not all crackheads here.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Turning a New Leaf

(C) Katia Engell

Well, I have officially retired the "KittySnooks" title. I would super duper appreciate it if anyone following would follow the new URL on bloglovin', as I wasn't sure how to switch from one url to the other while keeping them somehow tied!

There is so much 'new' in my life. I've been exploring new modes of art-making, new career paths within illustration, new interests. This above piece, though I wish were a real Soulpepper poster, was just a final assignment where we were provided templates from the 2009 Soulpepper posters. The best part about posting some of these online was when people commented on some of my friends' pieces saying "omg! Congrats!" or "Did they pay you to use that?" and other funny-to-us comments.

I have finished more than half of my undergrad degree now - holy smokes! It's the holidays and I am so so glad to have a bit of time to rest my head and draw and write and read before next semester. Next semester's going to be quite the adventure. More on that later...