Lindsey Balbierz '04, Illustrator
You can see Lindsey's work on her website, at: http://lindseybalbierz.com
Did you always want to be an illustrator?
I knew I always wanted to be drawing. It wasn't until after my Foundation year at Parsons that I walked into the Illustration program's classroom for a meet-and-greet before we had to declare our majors. "Illustration" was drawn out, each letter was a different object, and it was then that I knew Illustration was the major I wanted to be in.
What do you remember about art classes/teachers at Beaumont?
My art faculty was superb, each in her own field: Sr. Lucia was and still is what pointed me in the right direction. Also, Ms. Dickinson opened me up to painting and sculpture, and Ms. Hudak taught me ceramics. When people ask me about my background, I tell them that my high school had a four year art program, where I learned the basics before college. The drawing, painting, and color theory classes made my transition into college studio classes pretty seamless. Also Beaumont's block scheduling prepared me for the intensity of 6 hour studio classes and critiques.
You went to Parsons. What can you tell us (alumnae/current students & parents) about the process of getting in?
My Beaumont art studio teachers were instrumental for the application process. Assignments helped me develop my portfolio (both aesthetically and literally). Teachers photographed my work, and then aided in slide development. Each college required the basic portfolio, but some required additional drawings. For Parsons, I had to draw a bike, draw an interior space, and draw a sequential narrative. I also applied to CIA [Cleveland Institute of Art], RISD [Rhode Island School of Design], and Columbia College Chicago, but Parsons just won me over. As I am professionally working in Illustration, I see top notch illustrators come out of Art Center College of Design (LA), RISD, MICA [Maryland institute College of Art] to name just a few. It's really all about the hustle, promotion, hard work and determination to be successful, so I would suggest that college is just a means to get there. Talent is part of it, but it's really about your work ethic.
Do you ever get a chance to get back to Cleveland?
Yes, I get back to Cleveland about twice a year.
What would you tell an aspiring artist?
I would suggest to keep a sketch book for doodling and rip tears out of magazines to gather inspiration. I also would suggest to take an Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop classes. I'm not sure what computer classes Beaumont offers these days, but in hindsight, taking any sort of Adobe class before college would only have made it easier transitioning into Parsons. Back in '04 they weren't offering those types of classes. I would also suggest taking your own pictures. Go to museums. Sketch outside. Try to find a mentor who is working in a similar field.