Okay so you're like one of my favorite artists out there. I love your style, your use of color, basically any and everything you draw (not to mention you're really nice). I'm a senior and I'm applying to Parsons for illustration and I just wanna know what you did for the parsons challenge. I'm at such a loss for what to do for it and I've been asking around just to get an idea or like a sense of direction to go in. I didn't see this in the faq so I hope its ok to ask this. Thanks for everything!@Anonymous
HAHA, ohhhh the Parsons Challenge. Having some major war flashbacks here. ”Explore something usually overlooked within your daily environment. Choose one object, location, or activity.” I nearly didn’t apply to Parsons because of it.
But here’s the thing about Parsons. The thing that they’re looking for is your ability to think critically. This applies not only to this application, but throughout the entire undergrad experience. They want to see that you’re capable of making conscious and intentional decisions behind your work, and you need to be able to defend them.
What I’m saying is: You can pretty much make anything work as long as you can defend it. Don’t think of the prompt so literally. Make the prompt work for YOU, instead of working for the prompt. Think of something you’re passionate about or a theme you want to explore and see what you can do with it.
I wound up doing something about “forms of art I’ve recently come to appreciate more.” At the time of my application (and keep in mind this was pretty much six years ago now), I became more conscious of how much work I had to put into finished drawings—and subsequently that made me more conscious of how much work went into other forms of creativity that I didn’t necessarily practice myself. I did one piece about film scores, one piece about ballet, and one piece about oratory. Thinking about the prompt NOW, I’m sure I’d choose a completely different theme but it served its purpose and obviously I got in, ahaha. :)
If you’re still having problems or want to discuss this further on a more personal basis, feel free to email me (email listed in my FAQ) and I’ll get back you as soon as I can. Best of luck with your application!
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