Like many other students, Valeria Conty, a third year graphic design student, found herself burned out from the most recent quarter. To find a way to relax, she stepped away from the computer and went back to the basics and creating art with her hands. The result was a series of colorful, illustrated patterns. Check out what Conty had to say about the process and take a look at her work below:

Conty: By the end of the winter quarter, I felt like I had hit the creative wall. I was doing well on my projects but felt a void on the inside, like something was missing. I had been spending countless hours working on the computer but felt a need to create stuff with my hands. Before the Spring break, I decided to buy a small set of watercolors to start creating art that wasn’t pixel based. As soon as I started painting, I started being more aware of my surroundings and started seeing inspiration everywhere. I began my exploration by making patterns, which were really fun and sporadic. As I was painting my first couple of pieces, I noticed that I was a little tense and was not as relaxed as I thought I would be. But as I started experimenting more with the watercolors, I learned to let myself go, stop worrying about the final outcome and enjoy the process.

By Valeria Conty.
By Valeria Conty.