Interview with December contest winner: Rian Kasner

Another month, another contest.  It's so great getting to know the artists that are competing to make new longboards and pouring themselves into each design. The theme for this month was winter, and we had so many great entries!  Here's our interview with December contest winner, Rian Kasner.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

My name is Rian Kasner and I'm from Puyallup, Washington.  I am currently a senior at Puyallup High School and aspire to become a graphic designer.  I enjoy reading, writing and designing as well as playing soccer, lacrosse and taekwondo.  I live with both my parents and my thirteen year old sister and have developed a passion for digital art over the course of the last year and a half.

What inspired your design?

My biggest inspiration for this design was the night sky after it snows.  The colors seem more vibrant, the stars seem to shine even brighter, and the sky seems to be more beautiful.  I love to ski, and the mountains at night make me realize how beautiful the winter season is.  This is the image that comes to my mind when I think about winter, and so I brought it to life.

What programs did you use to make the design?

Adobe Illustrator is my favorite digital program and I continuously use it for most of my design work.

Have you always been interested in graphic design/art?

Ever since I was little, I've always loved to draw and create.  Last year, I took a graphic design course at my high school and it opened me up to the digital design world.  As soon as I started the course, I developed a passion for graphic design quickly and now know that I will continue to pursue it as a career.

Who inspires you most?

My parents are my biggest inspiration because they are my biggest supporters.  Not only did they teach me to follow my dreams and to be who I want to be, but they motivate me and encourage me throughout every encounter and I am lucky to have them join me in this journey.

Any design techniques/suggestions/advice that you have for other competitors?

Be confident in your design!  I like to come up with multiple ideas and then have options to choose from rather than just do one and done.  Also, get feedback from your friends and family; they may point out something you didn't think of before or give you thoughts that could better your work as a whole.  You're the designer, but they're your support system, so use them.  Most of all, have fun with your imagination!

What is your ultimate goal/dream?

The dream is to develop a career in graphic design and make money doing something that I'm passionate about.

You can view Rian's board here, be sure to checkout her posters available for order here.

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