Saturday, September 24, 2016


This week's club was hosted by our club's VP, Rachel Everett, and was all about the BFA program, how to apply and other information. Here is a recap from the information shared.

First things first, how and when do you apply?

When applying to the BFA for the first time, you need to apply in the Spring Semester. Usually it is the Spring Semester of your Sophomore (2nd) year. Now, it says first because if you don't get in the first time you apply, you have 2 more tries to apply to the BFA program. More information on that later though.
How you apply is by turning in a Letter of Intent in around February, then around March is when you turn in a portfolio.

Letter of Intent

  • Around 2 paragraphs long
  • Describe what you want to do with your art after school
  • Can be simple ex. "I want to make money off of my drawings" of course expanded a little more but that is a simple reason you could use
  • It let's the department head know how many people are applying for the BFA


  • 12-20 pieces showing range of what you do
    • figure drawings, sketches (sketchbook page counts as 1 piece), personal projects, traditional and digital work
  • Put best pieces in the front
  • Portfolio will be on a USB that you turn in. You most likely won't get it back so use a small USB, a 2 GB flash drive is recommended
  • Don't be concerned about style, just do your work/do your best
    • Don't turn in fan-art or anime/manga style
  • All artwork needs to be recent (within the last year)
  • Can put class assignments in portfolio
  •  Make sure to put in figure drawing! Make it strong!
  • Can have your teacher(s) look at your portfolio before submitting
Main tip from club was this, DON'T STRESS about it. If you don't get in, then the teachers will tell you what you need to fix and you get 2 more tries. You can reapply starting in the Fall if you didn't get in in the Spring.

Other important keynotes from the meeting about applying:
  • You need to be in the BFA for some classes (upper division 400 classes) so DO NOT apply last second.
  • Teachers notice your extracurricular, being in club can help you!
  • Along with not applying last second, the teachers like to see improvement from your entry portfolio and your leaving portfolio. That shows that you learned something
  • Recommended classes to take before applying, besides the required generals, include: Drawing for Illustration, Imagination and Visual Literacy, and a figure drawing class
  • Get outside advice on the pieces you want to put in your portfolio. The pieces you may hate may be the ones everyone else thinks are the best. You see all your mistakes, but others may not. It also shows you understand your audience.
  • Do a personal project that challenges you and makes you work. It shows you can do a BFA project.
  • It is recommended to photograph the traditional drawings you plan on putting in your portfolio instead of scanning.
    • Professional-like quality
    • 2 lighting sources
    • Nice, clean background
  • Make sure the computer you are working on shows accurate colors
    • practice print sheets to see accuracy
  • Link to the BFA Applicaton
  • JUST GO FOR IT!!!!!
The second section of advice is about being in the BFA program and class. Basically, what you need when graduating from the BFA. Let's just keep this as a bulleted list as well.
  • Keep everything you did for your BFA class
    • thumbnails, comps, everything! Show your progress, not just your finished show
  • The BFA show you arrange yourself and this is taken during your senior year.
  • Your BFA show needs to have a theme. Do something you like and that you want to do once you are out of school.
  • You will still have other classes while taking the BFA class
  • When it is time for your BFA show, you will need to find your own venue.
    • School could be a venue, but there isn't good experiences with this
    • Stores, libraries, basically anywhere that will let you keep it up long enough - 2 weeks
    • Doesn't have to be near the school/in the Provo/Orem area.
    • Have an opening social for your show.
    • There is a UVU art gallery at the mall that is available.

Well, that is it for the information gathered at the BFA Q&A. As said at the meeting, there will be portfolios included for you to see what level others were at when they were accepted. (This will be updated as I get the links for them)

Alicia, Club Secretary - BFA Application Portfolio

In other news, each club meeting there will be a raffle to win a print. This week's print winner was Anya. Congrats!

Hope to see you all at the next club meeting. We will be meeting Wednesday, September 28th at 5 to Chalk the Library! We will be meeting on the West-side of the library, the parking side. Come grab some chalk and draw with us on the sidewalk out in front of the UVU Library!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

BBQ Opening Social

The opening social was a blast! Thanks to everyone who came, it was great to say hi to the veterans as well as meet all of the new members. We are excited to see what this semester unfolds and we are glad to see it start off on such a good foot.

Thanks to our awesome Advisor, Howard Fullmer, for hosting this BBQ.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Social Media overview

So tonight I gave a really long over view on building an online presence and social media.

Here is the slide show if you missed club or didn't take notes; I tried to fly through stuff.  Almost all of this stuff are things that I learned by doing internet research, there were a few things where I actually contacted artists and talked to them briefly.

Most of what I said is included in the slideshow.  If you have any questions feel free to ask on the uvu page where I posted this link; or in the comments.  I can try to answer or direct you to someone who knows more than me.

also here is a link to the site/app that Chase was talking about: IFTTT

~Alicia Hawks
Club Secretary

Friday, September 25, 2015

Personal Projects

If you missed club tonight we talked about personal projects.  Alisha Jones gave us some tips about how to do a personal project. 

      1. Personal Projects
        1. creative outlet
        2. Helps focus skills
        3. Helps figure out what you’re good at
        4. Gets you quality exposure      Becomes something that actually pays
          1. Give yourself constraints (Time/Subject/Resources/Style/Medium)
          2. Give yourself an Accountability Partner (Executive/Peer/Personal)
          3. Make sure it’s worth it (What is your END GOAL?)
          4. FINISH IT

      I'm including a couple of Jake Parker videos talking about the importance of personal projects so you can have more info :D

      The first is an example of one of his personal projects:

       The second he talks a lot about taking your education into your own hands.  He also points out some of the flaws in college learning.  I agree with most of his points but do want to point out that we're REALLY lucky in the UVU illustration department; almost all of our professors are professionals working actively in their field today.  That is something that is pretty unique about our school.  If you don't want to take the time to watch the whole video you can skip to 14:40 and he has 4 tips that are awesome.

      And lastly; here are a few photos from tonight's meeting :D

      Sorry they are so blurry; I need to start using my real camera to take pictures instead of my tablet...

      Also the editors from both Warp and Weave and Intersections came and talked to us and asked for submissions.

      Warp and Weave does original SciFi and Fantasy stories from students and they want artwork that they can publish within that same genre.  We have until Monday at midnight to get that to them.  Their email is

      Intersections has already had their submission date go by; however the editor said that she needs are badly; so please submit.  They have a website if you want to learn more about them: and their email address is  She said they'll pretty much take any art as long as it is high quality.

      So submit something!! Being published is super awesome :D

      That is it for me; peace out and keep drawing!!
      ~Alicia Hawks (Club Secretary)

      Friday, September 18, 2015

      Comic Con Workshop

      Today we got together and talked about Comic Con.  It was pretty awesome!! Chase showed us his display and talked about pricing.  Rachel showed us her comic book and spoke a little about the process of getting it funded and printed.  

      Alisha looking all Vice-Presidently

      Chase and Rachel imparting words of wisdom display ideas

      Thank you all for coming! See ya next week :D

      Wednesday, September 16, 2015

      Club Rush Fall 2015!!

      Super Blurry photo I took earlier... also our VP brought in
      a better sign to advertise the club instead of my hand written one
      I'll update tomorrow with a better picture of our booth. 

      Club Rush kicked off today!! It was pretty awesome; we had a TON of people come check out our stuff; it looks like it will be a strong semester.

      If you are a UVU student and interested in joining check out our facebook page: UVU Illustration Club and also our Illustration Group.

      The page is open to anyone to 'like' it of course; and please do even if you are not a student!! Out group is close to current students, faculty and alumni.  We post announcments to the 'like' page; so if you aren't a student that is a good way to see what we are up to.  Well that and this blog.

      This Friday at 5:30pm we're having our first meeting in GT 413.  We're doing a Comic Con Preview!! We have several students who participate in the Salt Lake Comic Con and they are going to bring some of their stuff to show off.  Also we'll be talking about the business side of comic con, what sells, how much to sell it for, what goes into getting ready and many other Comic Con things.  Also we'll have a raffle for anyone who joins the Club through the Org Sync website (we'll have computers set up so you can join right there!).  The Raffle will be for an original sketch from some of our faculty (honestly this is an AWESOME prize).  It'll be a fun night!

      Tomorrow is the second day of club rush in the UVU ballroom from 10am-2pm.  Come on by; grab some candy, say 'hi' and sign up if you haven't!!

      ~Alicia (Club Secretary)

      PS; here are some photos from day 2!

      Tuesday, March 31, 2015

      Howard Lyon Workshop: Painting Monsters

      We were so lucky to have Howard Lyon (yes THAT Howard Lyon) come to UVU to do a workshop with all of us.  It was an amazing workshop- and I could babble all day about it- but instead I'll sum some things up.

      He spoke about how your process was just as important as the finished piece (some of what he said can be found in Process to the People: Part 1 and Process to the People: Part 2 from the Muddy Colors Blog) He also briefly went over Color Theory with us.  Great information- and the links I have go over much of what he said; but honestly- you cannot beat being there in the same room and having the ability to ask questions!!

      For the workshop part- we answered a series of questions about our monsters- helping us get to know them- so that when we started sculpting we had a better idea of what we were creating.  Then we photographed them and are supposed to paint portraits from our photo reference at home.  Howard said he would be doing a muddy colors post on the workshop and would include the finished paintings from any student who emailed him a copy.

      All in all it was an awesome experience.  If you were there and took pictures or want to share your monster- please leave a comment in reply to this post (be patient; we have to moderate all comments so it may take a day to show up)

      Here are the photos from the workshop:

       Sculpting the creatures:
      Alisha and Rachel were really patient with me- I don't know
      how many pictures I took of them- thanks guys for being great sports!

      I don't remember who had the idea- but someone decided that a
      hair dryer would be faster for warming up the clay then kneading it :D

      And now- the Monsters: (if I missed any- let me know and either send me a pic or add one to this post in the comments!)

       Photographing them:

       And Finally- Painting!

      It was a FANTASTIC day- THANK YOU Howard for coming out and hanging out with us!!

      See you all at the next one!