Akossi Kouadio chose Student in the Telecourse Center for plenty of reasons, but two main reasons stood out: composition and context.
"I really liked the composition of the photo; the setup of the individual and the TV," he said. "What also interested me was how the context of the photo isn't entirely clear. The person could be writing for many reasons [while] referring to the program they are viewing."
The photograph tugged at his interests and motivated him to branch away from his usual cartoon-like, stylized approach and explore realism with graphite pencils, woodless graphite pencils, and graphite powder.
While working on this project, he kept jumping back and forth between feeling proud of it and hating it — a common struggle among artists and creators alike. Once he was done, he came away with one important lesson: "I simply need to trust the process and see it to the end."
Akossi Kouadio started creating and exploring his artistic side as a young child. Today, his go-to medium is digital and describes his style as cartoony and stylized. Kouadio is currently pursuing an Associate in Fine Arts degree at Central Piedmont Community College, where he decided to further his education after receiving High School Equivalency (HSE) instruction. He plans to work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in digital media at another institution and eventually pursue a career as an animator.