Discovering Food Photography

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story by Michiah Posey, Michiah Dezirae Photography After four years of photography classes at Nossi, I have found a specific passion for food and drink photography. Food Photography was a class that provided my first real introduction to this field, but it was my Fine Art Photography class that really helped me dive into this passion. My project was a series of mixology photos. I titled it “Drink of the Week” and every week I traveled to different Nashville restaurants to photograph their specialty cocktail. I knew when I started this series I wanted to use this project to network and build my reputation, as well as find some great drinks to feature. I began reaching out to as many local restaurants as I could and asked if they would be willing to let me come in and photograph one of their signature drinks. With this simple ask, I was welcomed with open arms into some of Nashville’s favorite local restaurants. I was able to work with places such as Henrietta Red, Rolf & Daughters, Amerigo, Etch, Etc. and Bartaco. In addition to building some great connections, this photo series helped to build my social media presence. During the project, I featured a new Drink of the Week every week on Instagram and was shocked at how well people responded to this. I was asked for recipes and was even featured on some bigger accounts wanting to highlight my work. I have set my focus on food and drink photography and it…

Going for BROKE; Introducing a New Comic Series

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Drake Denada “Epic” joins Mathias Bartholomew Santiago “Omega” as the perfect anti-heroes, two broke ‘average Joes’ challenging themselves to become paid, professional heroes. If you have ever struggled to pay a bill in college, then you know the struggle of Broke Comic. Nossi College joins Antonio Flores II and Kenneth Brian Moore, the creators of Broke Comic. Thanks to the Memphis Comic Expo, Antonio and Kenneth were able to secure a publishing deal and Broke will be available for sale in late March 2018. Click here to stay up to date!  How did you come up with the idea? Antonio Flores II: Playing a massively multiplayer online game with fellow Nossi grad, Kenneth Moore, I had comical misfortunes happening again and again and my character level was so low I shouldn’t have been able to continue. It was in that moment we laughed at other misfortunes we encountered in life. Kenneth Moore: That idea concocted two broke superheroes trying to pay rent. I drew a single page of the comic at the time and laughed for a solid hour while doing it. AFII: This concept didn’t happen overnight. There were several prospective ‘super’ suits, but it wasn’t until we both enrolled at Nossi College when we started to brainstorm more ideas and made progress in the overall world design, additional characters and events leading the storyline. KM: I wrote a treatment for Comic Class when I was in school that was refined after I graduated after getting feedback from friends…

Student and Graduate Collaborate to Achieve Recognition in Adobe Creative Jam

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Story By Les Kerr Once the competition began, all competitors had just three and a half hours to design their prototypes. The community spirit of Nossi College of Art was exemplified in the recent collaboration between a current student, Cory Harkins, and a graduate, Brandi Leath. A project created by the two was chosen a Judge’s Award Second Place UX Design winner of the prestigious and highly competitive Adobe Creative Jam in Nashville. The Jam is a two-part design experience in which design duos compete in a tournament utilizing Creative Cloud, according to Liz Schmidt, Adobe’s Senior Creative Manager. Cory is a current student and Creative Director at CRT Custom Products and Brandi is a UX/UI Designer at Parachute Media. When Adobe issued a call for teams of two designers to compete in the Jam, they decided to enter the competition using the name Team aBC. Once they were selected to compete, they learned that the project required the use of Adobe’s XD program. Brandi and Cory learned the program in ten days since neither had used it before. Before all the award excitement, Cory and Brandi take a break to capture a photo. “At noon on the day of the competition, we got the theme,” said Brandi, “which was ‘A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats.’ With that theme, we had to create an app prototype.” Cory described the prototype as, “a functioning static portion of what the app would look like. It’s not fully functional, where you could send and…

Fall Semester Winners

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

It has become a semester tradition. The week before finals, graduating seniors gather to show off their hard work created during their college career. Portfolios are displayed proudly as family and friends interact and let loose. Creative professionals from Middle Tennessee arrive to check out the up-and-coming talent and hire the ones who will perfectly fit with their team.  From graduating seniors to first-semester freshman, the Nossi community gathers to end the Senior Show with an award ceremony, highlighting successes from the past 15 weeks. Each semester, faculty and select staff nominate students who stood out from the rest – those who got more involved, pushed the creative bar, tackled their grades and helped fellow students when needed. We honor students in each of our degree programs: Photography, Video & Film, Graphic Design Media, Web & Interactive and Commercial Illustration.  This fall, 27 students were nominated for six awards, several students even saw multiple nominations.  Congrats to all our winners Class Participation: Kayla Swedberg and Jaime Rock Most Improved: Bridget Turner and Carelissa Young Most Creative: Hector Mendoza and Brittney Stewart Ambassador: Ryne Anderson Academic All-Stars: Kayla Crumbley, Derek Gray, Hector Mendoza, Jordan Shumate and Brandon Sprinkles Perseverance Award: Chelsie Boyette View more images from the Senior Show and Open House by clicking here. Congrats again to all the award winners and we will see you January 8 for the start of our spring semester!

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