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Charlie Kays, BFA drawing major

A conversation with senior Charlie Kays

Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in drawing

What have been the biggest challenges for you with transitioning to online?

It’s definitely slowed down my workflow a bit. I’m a digital artist, so you would think that it wouldn’t, but transitioning from the concentrated studio space dedicated for my work to my own personal space has definitely been sort of a self-discipline exercise.  

I’m in a bit of a privileged position where my medium affords me the ability to be insulated from this ordeal. There are a couple of sculptors in my peer group; their entire projects had to be scrapped.

What are your thoughts about spring commencement being canceled?

I’m actually kind of glad it’s canceled. I didn’t have a lot of money for gown stuff and I’m kind of reserved, so I didn’t really care about walking.

Will you be able to attend fall commencement?

If I get more liquid by December, I would probably attend just for my mom’s sake.

What changes has COVID-19 had on your post-graduation plans?

I think my plans haven’t really changed much. There were talks of a physical show sometime later in the next year. My personal plans might not include that. I was thinking of trying to jump directly into the workforce after graduation. I still think I’m going to do that. I was thinking I would work my way into concept art for game development or movies. I would also like to publish comics.

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