Lauren Robinson, a Senior at Frisco High School, created our Trail Blazer mascot. Lauren has taken advanced art classes at FHS as well as Graphic Design and Illustration at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center. Here is a brief interview with this talented artist talking about the mascot design process.
First, what are you going to be doing next year?
I’m going to UT-Austin and I got into the design program. I want to pursue graphic design when I get out of college.
You’re an amazing artist. How did you get into art?
I’ve always drawn and liked to draw. This year, I studied 3-D art. Even though I liked art, I knew it was hard to pursue that and actually…have a job. That’s why I am pursuing graphic design. There are a lot of job opportunities in that field.
Talk about the logo. How did you settle on a 3-D design?
Whenever you showed me the original concept (designed by University of Houston and former Hendrickson student Hiep Ly), I just started drawing different concepts. I looked at how other schools in our area did their logos and tried to pick out the styles I liked best. Using the shading really helped it stand out.
What about the mascot? What was that process like?
We talked about what the concept could look like and then I sat down and started sketching it out. I had some ideas in my head, but I just needed to see what it looked like. I researched different mascot styles, but I had to figure out how to make it work because the shading is tricky. I drew it first and you (Mr. Padavil) liked what I drew, which surprised me because I anticipated sending multiple drafts. Then I scanned it into photoshop and converted the drawing into shapes that I could color. The mascot is really just a variety of shapes with different shades of the two colors. I liked learning this new style of artwork. It’s very different from what I normally do and it really challenged me, but I like it and have enjoyed the positive reaction from people.