MDIA student Haley Alishusky was recently featured in Honor Tutorial College Magazine’s student spotlight.
Says the feature, “Haley Alishusky, Senior, Media Arts & Studies, combined her interest in art and graphic design with a long-running interest in mythology to create a unique thesis project that adapted ancient stories into new storytelling methods: ‘I’ve always been incredibly interested in mythology and urban legends, so when I was trying to formulate what exactly I wanted to do for my thesis, mixing that interest together with my passion for making art made a lot of sense. Since my sophomore year, I’ve been creating a series of graphic adaptations of myth from around the world; one Greek, one Norse, one Japanese, and one Native Alaskan myth. Each of these cultures are very different, so examining what values are imparted through myth was a major part of the research of my thesis.
Since I would like to share these comics via an online medium eventually, I thought that I could animate certain panels to make the viewing experience a more interactive one. However, for the Icarus comic, I wasn’t quite sure how the wings would work on an actual person. So, with help from the HTC, I was able to build a pair of full-size, articulated prosthetic wings that I could use to rotoscope panels of Icarus and Daedalus flying.
This project as a whole has been incredibly daunting due to the sheer amount of art I’ve had to do for it over the course of about two years, but it’s been really rewarding to see how my art has improved over the course of the project and it has inspired me to pursue comic art as a potential career once I graduate.’"