My Name is Emily Husak and I'm from Jupiter (the city in Florida, not the planet). I'm a first year Digital Arts and Technology Major at the University of Florida. I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. I was very shy when I was younger (still am) so I would use art to express myself. I would draw pictures, paint, and build things with K'nex, or garbage, or whatever I could find. I would turn everything into some kind of art with a message. I’m dyslexic so my brain is wired differently, and, I visualize ideas in 3D. As a result, I love to invent and create 3D type art. For example, when I was in elementary school, I got a K’nex set to build a ferris wheel. I was having trouble reading and understanding the directions, so I just improvised and built a 3D remote controlled robot instead (His name was “Bob the bot”).
My experience with Digital Art began when I was nine years old, and my mom signed me up for a ‘video making’ summer camp at the Apple store. There, I learned how to use iMovie (a program used to clip, cut, and edit video footage into something amazing). iMovie, along with my weird sense of humor, opened up a whole new world for me. I love to make people laugh, and I’ve had so much fun making funny videos of my friends, my family, me, and just about everything. I went on to take AICE Art and Design Photography in high school and it was my favorite class. It was my first experience using photoshop and I even won 3rd place for one of my projects. Although most of a class period consisted of my friends and I photoshopping our faces onto the bodies of famous celebrities, I really did learn a lot in that class. It made me realize that I wanted to learn more about different types of digital art, video editing software (iMovie), online 3D design apps (TinkerKad), and vector graphic editor (Illustrator).
As to “what the heck” I want to do with my life, I think my “dream job” is to become a 3D animator for a company such as Dreamwork’s, and to design and “bring to life” my own characters. But, there are so many other facets of this field that I also want to explore including illustration, storytelling, game development, and interactive design. I’m looking forward to this class and to all of the other digital classes that are part of this curriculum at UF. That’s my short story, and I couldn’t be happier about the major I’ve chosen. I’m looking forward to learning more this semester and can’t wait to get started!