By far the most challenging yet rewarding project that I have ever worked on, my senior thesis was a year-long piece completed my final year at University of Michigan.
The assignment was to create a final project. That was just about it. It could be made with any material on any subject. Our only guidelines were: there are no guidelines. As a diligent student who is very good at following direction and taking orders, I was terrified.
However, with the help of some amazing mentors and quite a few yoga classes in which I practiced the art of deep breathing and chilling the f*&k out, my final project slowly began to reveal itself. A children's book.
My children's book, which I ended up calling The Frollicks, is a culmination of everything I loved about the University of Michigan. I was able to tie in my writing minor, writing the book myself, as well as the medium I had head-over-heels fallen in love with-- illustration.
The Frollicks is a story about the necessity of curiosity and adventure. My main character is only able to find himself in a world unlike any he has ever dreamed because he is unafraid to go beyond societal limits into the great unknown. As an artist, I am always trying to push myself beyond my comfort zone, taking leaps into places & areas that scare the heck out of me.