Admissions Ambassador Adan Harris ’23, Animation & Game Art
Saturday, February 20th, 2021
MEET ADAN HARRIS: I’m in the class of 2023, I come from a small town called Chambersburg [PA], but I actually went to a school called Waynesboro in the next town over. I don’t have a minor currently but I may take one in the upcoming semester. (Instagram: @harrisadan)
What do you remember about your first visit to PCA&D?
AH: I believe I received a letter about it or something to that effect.
Why PCA&D? What drew you to our college community?
AH: PCA&D was kinda my escape, I live in a very rural area with very traditional views and I couldn’t stand that much longer. Having this place that was filled with so many different people really was a boon for me.
Did you know you wanted to study Animation & Game Art when you arrived at PCA&D?
AH: I was really excited to learn how to animate but now I’m not sure anymore. I appreciate how they broke the classes into more specific parts, (but) I kinda feel like that break is paralyzing me to choose.
What club, activity, or event at PCA&D has meant a great deal to you? What has the experience taught you?
AH: I’m currently in BLAC (the College’s Black Led Art Coalition student group), and I was in the D&D game club. I truly enjoyed the experience of both and I do feel a bit more in depth with the BLAC group, especially now.
Adan, what would your dream job be after college? Has there been a class or experience at PCA&D that’s enabled you to work toward that goal?
AH: I know everyone says this but I want to man my own project and be a director, but that’s FAR too ambitious for right out of college. So when I leave I want to be a character animator or storyboard artist. I guess my best thing is that a professor said my style was perfect for storyboarding, and that got me super excited!
Looking at your Instagram feed, it seems like character design is a big passion of yours — is that correct? What appeals to you about it?
AH: I can’t say I’m the best with character design yet but I LOVE making characters!! I just honestly like making a little being and giving them a personality, it’s very fun and honestly therapeutic for me, I’m very much in my head all the times and constantly see the issues that I don’t like about myself, and then I give that to a character of choice.
How have your relationships with your professors and the College’s small class size impacted your experience?
AH: I really like how tightly knit this all is and it really does help with engaging with professors.
What’s your favorite annual College event?
AH: I didn’t attend it, but next time I’m totally going to the PCA&D Drag Gala, it looked super fun!
What’s your favorite art tool?
AH: I’m slowly becoming more (accustomed) to online and using Clip Studio, although for more traditional events I use watercolor. I can’t say that I’m still any good at it, but I do love using it.
Right now, who inspires you in your field?
AH: I can’t say I have an inspiration right now, but that doesn’t mean that [they’re] all not good people.
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