Aloha, Findlay! by Jessica Meek

I am a transfer student from Hawaii, lured here by the stellar children’s book illustration major. I love to draw and make comic strips. Join this island girl and my thoughts personified as I adjust to college life and get my first taste of an Ohio winter!


Just Draw!

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29th April

I have discovered a funny artist paradox. I don’t like to have my technique and subject matter decided for me, which happens a lot in, oh, art classes. Yet when I have the freedom to do what I want, I am often at a loss. In printmaking (an art class that thankfully leaves subject matter up to each individual artist), I spent as much time deciding on my image as I did actually making it into an intaglio print.

My drawing default is fairies or mermaids. I love fairies and mermaids. I owe this magical fascination to the illustrations by David Christiana in the Book Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, which I believe I read in fourth grade. This means that this drawing in the result of ten years of practice.



Making Scents of College

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20th April

I am lucky that not all of my days smell so powerfully. I have a sensitive nose. Despite the horrid nature of that adhering liquid we used in printmaking class, I am excited to make my screen prints. I based my design off of heraldry, and I think it looks pretty cool.

The Bath & Body Works story is all true. We walked in there, and wham! The “Aloha Hawaii” theme was there to greet us. Some of the things actually smelled quite nice, but their names made me laugh and groan at the same time. I wondered if they just had a bag full of “Hawaii” sounding words from which they pulled random ones to make up some of those names. Why would anyone want to actually smell like a white sandy beach or whatnot? I don’t go around smelling … Read More »



Staring at Trees (Again)

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5th April

There’s a song from the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers called “Spring, Spring, Spring,” which is understandably stuck in my head. I’ve never lived through a stereotypical spring. The whole dead-plants-gloriously-revive-themselves thing is new to me. I’m enjoying it greatly. I have gone out of my way to stare at trees and the lively, lovely, little leaves and flowers they’re pushing forth. It’s fun to watch the world wake up. Furthermore, I was never sure what a daffodil was (or how to spell it–for some reason I always thought it was “dafodoil”) until they sprung up all around campus. I think they’re very pretty flowers, maybe because my favorite color is yellow.

All in all, I’m just as excited about spring as I was about fall and winter–which is good, because winter seems to have decided to make a surprise … Read More »



The HI Life: Swimming

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22nd March

I enjoyed everything about being on the swim team except for the swimming. I like breathing too much. However, I do miss cheering for my teammates and being forced to exercise. Actually, I don’t miss being forced to exercise (because of the breathing thing).

After two years of not swimming, I recently found my way to UF’s lovely pool. Croy Gymnasium sure is a labyrinth. Had my friend not been guiding me, I never would have been able to navigate to the pool. Now that I know the way, I want to swim semi-regularly. I went twice this week and it was nice to get back in the water.

That first night I went to the pool, it was snowing when I came outside. I was quite sodden, but it was a warm(?) snow, with big fluffy flakes, and I stood in … Read More »



A Brush With Death

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14th March

This comic is 100% true, though I’d like to point out that I only panicked for half a second. In my defense, it’s hard to get hypothermia in Hawaii. How should I know its symptoms?






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