FIDM Spotlight: 365 Consecutive Days of Illustration by Graphic Design Student, Julia Walck

For 365 consecutive days, and while simultaneously earning her Graphic Design degree at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Julia Walck challenged herself to develop and publish a unique illustration or graphic design every day on her personal Blog starting January 1, 2011.

Currently in her sixth quarter in FIDM’s Graphic Design/Branding program, Walck used different mediums to develop her designs, from watercolor, pencil, India ink and markers to Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.

FIDM Graphic Design Student, Julia Walck“Looking through everything, I feel very accomplished,” she says a year later. “I discovered my ‘signature doodle’, I delved into many different styles that I usually wouldn’t have drawn/painted in.”

Walck originally heard about FIDM’s Graphic Design program in her high school art class at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California.

“I love working with computers and I am also a fine artist, so graphics presents a happy medium,” she says. “The thing I’ve enjoyed the most so far is the freedom given to you as a designer to express yourself.”

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After graduating, Walck says she hopes to work in Publication Design (also known as magazine design), which is one of the courses she studied last quarter.

“I’m a very detail oriented person, so I love working with layout programs such as InDesign that give you the ability to make precise grids and line things up perfectly,” she says. “Along with this, I plan on freelancing as an artist and selling some personal works such as paintings and illustrations.”

Below, check out samples from Walck’s final Publication Design project, along with examples of her illustrations. For more examples of inspirational graphic design, browse the portfolios of graduated FIDM Graphic Design Students here.

Publication design and illustrations by FIDM Graphic Design Student, Julia WalckWatercolor painting Michelle Branch by FIDM Graphic Design Student, Julia WalckPublication design and illustrations by FIDM Graphic Design Student, Julia Walck

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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