This archive contains my first graphic designs. Shout-out to college-aged me and the friends who supported my growth as a deisgner along the way. I started designing my first year of college during my First Year Seminar, "Art in the Digital Age." There, I learned to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver from Professor Wenhua Shi. I also started free-lance designing posters (literally for free) to advertise Colgate events.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM (2017)
AboutWhere Are You From? is a non-fiction, graphic novel/anthology following thirty-nine college students whose Asian/Asian American identities shape how they navigate different facets of their lives. Where Are You From explores the intersectionality between Asian identity and family, friendships, dating, college life, mental health, Model Minority Myth, microaggressions, language, accents, and more.
There continues to be a lack of representation of diverse Asian and Asian-American identities in mainstream American media. Yet, that does not make our experiences any less valid or worthy of depiction. Like authors before me, such as Helen Zia of Asian American Dreams and Gene Luen Yang of American Born Chinese, I sought out a means of sharing the conversations and experiences related to Asian/Asian-American identity that I had internalized over my lifetime. I particulary focused on moments between high school and graduating college, when I was most conscious and curious about the makings of my "Asianness" and "Americanness." Where Are You From? began with diary entries, remembered conversations, and comic strips about friends. It continued with sketches on printer paper and finally, drawings on Adobe Illustrator using a Wacom tablet. The total project took about 200 hours to complete over the course of February - April.
Where Are You From was created as my Senior Studio Art Thesis in Spring 2017 at Colgate University. In May, Where Are You From was awarded the Hariette Wagner Award: given to a senior Art & Art History major whose work exemplifies the way visual arts enrich the spirit and express the dignity of human beings. This work was my means of historicizing the contemporary Asian/Asian-American experience and reclaiming the representation of myself in the media.
All of these stories are based on real memories. Thank you to all my friends and family who allowed me to share their stories. Thank you for reading!
- Angel Trazo (2017)
Where Are You From? was displayed in the NOTHING IS LESS. LESS IS MORE. MORE IS TOO MUCH. show in the Clifford Art Gallery at Colgate University from April 19-May 21, 2017. Book were available for reading in the gallery. A beanbag chair was provided courtesy of the Shaw Wellness Institute. Book copies were available for order. Over 60 copies of Where Are You From? were sold to students, staff, faculty, and friends during my first "test" round of printing. Books were self-printed and bound by Colgate Document Services. Thank you to all who supported this project. Photos by Angel Trazo and Leo Cho.
Harry Potter and the Adventurous Angel: A Vlog Fall 2015
My iPhone Says "Hello": A Flipbook/Stop Motion Commercial Fall 2015
All videos were created as projects for my Digital Studio course.
A huge thank you to my professor and advisor, Wenhua Shi, for teaching me these skills.
Ho 2nd Floor. Spring 2014. Published in the Colgate Portfolio Spring 2014.
Out Door Kids. April 24, 2012. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Dragon. October 13, 2012. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Sunny Room. July 7, 2012. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Under the Sea. November 2013. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.