Art student spotlight: Kaitlyn Bajakian

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 5:09 PM
Art student spotlight: Kaitlyn Bajakian by Madi Gross
Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Bajakian

“My favorite thing is being able to find solutions to problems in a creative way,” said Kaitlyn Bajakian, a sophomore graphic design major at Edinboro University.

“When I was in 6th grade I decided that I wanted to go into art, specifically animation, but by the time I reached my senior year of high school I had decided that I was going to go to school for graphic design,” she stated.

“Any art form that allows me to use a computer is my favorite art form; I like creating digital art,” Bajakian stated. She opened her computer to enter her creative workspace as she spoke more about her decision to become an art major and what led her to Edinboro.

“My high school was very large with a wide range of classes. I took tech classes where I learned things like photoshop,” Bajakian explained. “It wasn’t until my senior year in an independent studies class which was dedicated to independent art projects. I received critiques from my teacher at times, but it was really me doing my own thing.” Bajakian explained that is where she decided that graphic design was really where she wanted to be.

“I came from North Carolina and I spent a lot of time researching Edinboro before I actually came to visit. I found the graphic design program here to be something that I really liked,” Bajakian explained.

“When I finally came to visit campus, it felt like the only place that I could really live. The campus gave me good vibes.”

Bajakian admitted that she spends roughly 12 hours a week on her artwork. Explaining her  creative process, she said: “I usually browse the Internet for inspiration and once an idea comes to me I begin to sketch it out; then I work on the computer to turn it into a digital piece of art.”

“After critiques, I refine it until it is to the point where I believe that it’s completed or when I am satisfied with it,” she said.

“The biggest thing I would recommend (to any future Edinboro art student) is to know what you’re getting yourself into. This isn’t a field where you can just sit there and move through the courses, it’s a field that requires patience and discipline. You need to know that you love it and to be ready to put in the effort that it is going to take,” said Bajakian. She went on to explain her newest and favorite piece that she has so far created.

“I really like the book project that I just competed. It was an illustration of the ABCs of Pokémon.” She continued: “I created each letter and designed each letter to look like Pokémon. It was designed digitally and put together physically.”

“I like knowing that all of my hard work can amount to something bigger that I myself and others can appreciate,” said Bajakian about her favorite thing about creating art.

Madi Gross can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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