Scripps Student Emelia Douglas Shares Her Passion for Art and Plan for the Future

We love starting a new semester! Along with new syllabi, classes, and campus visits, we get to meet thousands of new students in the span of a few short weeks– all on Seelio!

We watch the gallery and activity feed as students around the country begin sharing what they’re learning and working on. And we’re thrilled when we get to meet students like Emelia, who is studying Games and Animation as a Media Major at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication. Reading her story and watching her portfolio come to life right in front of us made us want to learn more: how did she find her passion for animation? And how did she fit her passion into her studies?

Read on to learn more about her and see her advice for how you can pursue your passion in academics too!

Emelia Portfolio

1) How did you discover that you have a passion for drawing and animation?

I have always liked to draw, but I didn’t try drawing seriously until middle school, when I saw my cousin drawing in the style of Japanese anime. I saw how she brought people joy by giving people her drawings and I wanted to see if I could do the same. So I started watching a hefty amount of anime, sketching constantly. I soon realized it was a lot fun for me. Eventually, I branched out and tried drawing in other styles too, and over many years, developed a style of my own.

Emelia's Work "Cardinal"

Animation, on the other hand, has always been something very close to my heart ever since I was a child because of my immense love for Disney movies. The movie ‘Bambi’ really stuck out to me, because at the end of the VHS, they had a short program on how they animated it. I was awed to see how they made such a beautiful movie with mostly traditional art techniques with traditional artists, unlike computer animated films they make today, such as Frozen. The artists that created these movies and the ones that computer animate today have always been a source of fascination for me.

2) How have you used your passions as a guide for which classes you’ll take and the career path you’re interested in?

It wasn’t always clear to me what path I should take with my career. In all honesty, I knew art was my passion, but I was terrified to pursue it. It’s hard to feel encouraged to go after something you love when society and statistics tell you it’s going to almost impossible to achieve your dream.

However, something I have to come to learn in college is that you should meet your passions and reality at least halfway.

I know I want to do something with art, so I decided to take classes in animation and graphic design. I applied for the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and got in as a Media Major, with a focus in Games and Animation. I am taking courses that have a wide variety of applicability to many jobs in today’s market, such Business Media, but also classes that are specific to what I like and want to pursue, such as Game Development or Animation basics.

My end goal is to become a concept artist, but I am trying to take classes that will prepare me for more than one possible job within some area of my passion. I plan to take traditional art classes and graphic design in the future as well to enhance my skills.

Emelia's Work "Elf Queen Concept Art"

3) What advice do you have for other students who are not sure how they can combine their passions with their coursework?

Try to take at least one class once a semester of something you are passionate about, or are genuinely interested in, no matter how random or irrelevant the class seems, or how busy your schedule might be. Not only will this be a good outlet from the stress of classes that you have to take in order to meet a requirement, but it will help you discover why you like this certain subject matter so much, and could lead you into taking classes that will make it very clear to you what you want to do with the rest of your college experience.

If you are sure of your passion, but you don’t know how to apply it to your career, a safe bet is to take business classes. Think of a unique idea that sets you apart from the rest of people who share your passion, and try to make some sort of business out of it. Taking general business classes is an excellent idea because you can apply the concepts learned there to almost any major. Or, if you have a career in mind you want to pursue, but it’s not necessarily your passion, at least minor in something you truly love.

Always incorporate things you love in whatever you do.

Emelia's Work "Thug Life Mario"

4) What do you think about having a portfolio like Seelio available to you through your classes at Scripps? 

Having a portfolio on Seelio is extremely helpful in many ways. It helps my fellow classmates, future coworkers and professors see my work, and be able to provide me with feedback quite easily. I can also get information from my classmates about classes, and see examples of how they are trying to further their careers. It’s also extremely valuable for people like me trying to make it in the arts, because it is vital to get your work out there and noticed. Seelio provides an efficient, presentable, and nice way to get your work organized, out there and noticed by potential future employers, or even just getting your name on the internet and building general awareness.

See more of Emelia’s work on Seelio or get started with your own portfolio today!