BFA Thesis Portfolios SP21 (Illustration Thesis Portfolios)

A Full and Bright House is a 56-page experimental graphic novel about searching for a sense of comfort, based on a journal of vivid moments I’ve kept for two years. It follows an emotional journey of leaving home for the first time, feeling untethered, finding places and relationships to cling to, and the desperation that arises when a life event (a pandemic) strips a relationship away. Ultimately, the journey ends in discovering grounding within one’s own body and reality. 

This book has been an exercise in unconventional, personalized storytelling. My aim was for the sequential format to speak uniquely to my story and my own experience of the passage of time. Much of the illustration relies on abstraction in order to harmonize the visuals with already descriptive text. A collection of symbols, such as the candle, the wind, and the crows, drive the narrative forward as they highlight beats and changes as well as create an immersive emotional throughline. My traditional mixed-media technique and hand lettering also are vital to the feelings of movement and sensitivity in the story. 

While the content of this project is very personal, I made it to share. I know that the pandemic has caused for many, as it has for me, a newfound reflection on what we need in order to feel supported, happy, and grounded. I believe that the book will be enjoyable to read just as a lovingly illustrated story, and that it will resonate especially with those who are feeling that need to sit with reality. The final message to readers is one of hope: if you feel restless or isolated or lost, you are not alone; spring is in the air and everything will pass and pass again

Noah Beckham BFA Painting Thesis Spring 2021

Susannah Becket BFA Graphic Design Thesis Spring 2021

Christian Bengel BFA Animated Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Rachel Bondesen Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Yasmin Correa BFA Painting Thesis Spring 2021

Ryan Zweber Sculpture BFA Thesis Spring 2021

Eli Brooke BFA Printmaking Thesis Spring 2021

Devin Crandell BFA Painting Thesis Fall 2021

Kirsten Driggers BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Marina Dwor-Frecault BFA Intermedia Thesis Spring 2021

Emily Ferguson BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Chloe Greve BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Emma Harris BFA Painting Thesis Spring 2021

Olivia Harwood BFA Painting Thesis Spring 2021

Beth Jensen BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Kiana Lamberton BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Jeff Lippincott BFA Painting Thesis Spring 2021

Kamrin Matlock BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Tristan Matlock BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Jazmine Monks BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Mazey Moon BFA Sculpture Thesis Spring 2021

Taylor Nicholson BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Korine Parreno BFA Animated Arts Thesis Spring 2021

BFA Thesis Portfolios SP21 (Illustration Thesis Portfolios)

Anna Peterson BFA Printmaking Thesis Spring 2021

Kaitlyn Petrik BFA Intermedia Thesis Spring 2021

Jens Pettersen BFA General Fine Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Sharlene Prosser BFA Sculpture Thesis Spring 2021

Emma Reiter BFA Printmaking Thesis Spring 2021

Lindsey Rhoads BFA Sculpture Thesis Spring 2021

Gray Roberts BFA Video + Sound Thesis Spring 2021

Nicole Sagal BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Jason Scheuermann BFA Graphic Design Thesis Spring 2021

Kamaryn Schneider BFA Animated Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Frey Soares BFA Animated Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Linnea Cat Stahura BFA Intermedia Thesis Spring 2021

Ross Stevens BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Cazzie Starrk BFA Animated Arts Thesis Spring 2021

Kali Wallner BFA Photography Thesis Spring 2021

Gabriela Watson BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Yu Zhong BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Chloe Zock BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021

Olive Stephens BFA Illustration Thesis Spring 2021