Isabelle Monterroso: “In what ways has quarantine affected you and your art?”
Cori Youngblood: “Honestly, I'd say my creativity has increased because when I, before this whole quarantine happened, my sister plays volleyball so we were constantly on the go everywhere and with school and everything even with my ATA classes I didn't find the time to do the art that I wanted to do. I feel like once we were all stuck at home, there wasn't as much to do. I got the chance to just find my style and the things that I liked and the things that I didn't like, and I think I'm in a good place now.”
Isabelle Monterroso: “By any chance, was it harder to find inspiration since you have been in quarantine, or has it created a new type of perspective for you?”
Cori Youngblood: “I think a little bit of both, sometimes it's hard to find inspiration when you're stuck in the same place doing the same thing. So I decided to switch things up and, my inspiration I like to draw from reference most of the time therefore I go to Pinterest to youtube, and I watch movies different things like that. It has been more difficult but I think I'm managing fine at the moment”
Isabelle Monterroso: “Are there any Pros and Cons of doing ATA Online?”
Cori Youngblood: “Yes, the cons would be the lack of access to different types of technology in the classroom, different materials that would help us a lot better if we were not at home, that's been a challenge on trying to figure out and putting our best foot forward, with the things we have a lack of access to. The pros would be, I'm not sure, because I know it's senior years and I know there was going to be a big thing with the fashion show and all that. At this point all the projects are up to us most of the time and we can choose what we want to do and the projects we want to work on and I think that type of freedom is cool now that we are all at home.”
Isabelle Monterroso: “I was actually about to mention that, ATA is known for its fashion show, so what are some projects that you were unable to do because of covid that you wish you could have done?”
Cori Youngblood: “Every year we have an animation segment where we can do little types of animation and do little movies so I have always had a good time with that and animating is one of my favorite things to do when I get the chance to do it so because we don't have different things like the cameras and the computers and all that stuff it's been kind of sad *laughs* but, yeah that's one of the things we haven't been able to do this year. Along with teh field trips as well.
Isabelle Monterroso: “What field trips did you guys go to? I don't know If it was ATA who went to the Getty but I do know that they do go on a lot of notable trips.”
Cori Youngblood: “Yes, that was one of them and we went to another museum in L.A. We were planning, before we got shut down back in March, we were planning to go to Warner Bros. Studios and we were going to tour their cooperation thing. So yeah, different things that are focused on different kinds of art that revolve, that was for fashion and business kind of, and Warner Bros. was for film and stuff like that and animation, museums are for more like the fine arts, so like drawing, painting, sculptures, and stuff like that. But yeah they are all interesting and I miss them a lot.”
Isabelle Monterroso: “I'm sorry to hear that, but, what do you miss from your ATA classes?”
Cori Youngblood: “I just miss being around everyone honestly, we are all close, and because we are in ATA many of us are in the same classes so I just really miss just hanging out and messing around and doing things outside of school and going on field trips together and you know stress out together”
Isabelle Monterroso: “Ah, are there any projects that you are looking forward to this year that you have done for an online class?”
Cori Youngblood: “The one I am working on at the moment is a film, not technically animation but we just had to film, it's called a ‘camera angles film’, and we had to film our daily lives and film what we were doing from different perspectives. I enjoyed doing it because I haven't done things like that before and I don't really like being in front of the camera sometimes like that. So it was different and I enjoyed it”
Isabelle Monterroso: ”I'm really glad that you were able to, has it been difficult toggling your homework and your schoolwork with ATA?”
Cori Youngblood: “Yes and no. Yes because I procrastinate and I slip a little bit but honestly ATA, they don't give a lot of homework or it's never usually really tedious compared to other classes. It only ever becomes tedious if you let it, like if you slack off and ignore it for a while, so ATA hasn't been too bad but the school has been getting a little hectic with finals and stuff like that so, it hasn't been too bad with ATA, it hasn't been too crazy.``
Isabelle Monterroso: “That's good to hear because some people have AP classes and Arts Honors class and they have multiple art classes and it makes it difficult to handle overall, but that's good. What are some new opportunities that stemmed from this new type of learning?”
Cori Youngblood: “My motivation is something that has grown a lot, I mean I started an art account on Instagram, and like I was super nervous about posting things on social media and putting it out in the world. Yeah, I got to do that and it has grown a little bit and I am proud of it. I think that is one of the things that, or the opportunities that I have been able to do. I have also been applying to art schools and so I'm really happy about that.
Isabelle Monterroso: “I'm really happy to hear that you jumped that barrier or obstacle because I like to draw or doodle in my free time and I'm constantly also in that loop, and I'm proud of you so good job. I wish I could do that *Laughs* Continuing, if you had the chance to go back to school would you go back to school or would you stay online?”
Cori Youngblood: “I have been thinking about this one for a while too because people have been saying, “Oh we're going to go back, ohh''. Honestly, it's a mix of both for me. I am an introvert so I really like being alone and I love doing my own thing but I also miss going to school and I took that for granted. When we all got stuck here I was like oh wow, and it feels like a lifetime ago too, so to go back, it would be great but I know that we would have to be wearing the mask 8 hours a day then staying away from everybody. And I kind of feel like it would be torture but I don't know, I've gotten used to being at home, I have my little routine but I don't mind seeing anyone again.
Isabelle Monterroso: “Lastly, How has your art developed through the quarantine? I heard that many peoples art style changed or either improved throughout quarantine because of the time”
Cori Youngblood: “Yeah, my art style is pretty cartoony, and I have or used to have a hard time with real things. Especially when it came to painting. And so I did try to just work on different realistic things. Yeah, I think many of us just get stuck in our ways and we don't like to try and do different things like that. Even though I didn't enjoy it at first, I'm glad I was able to do that. It's tedious but I'm proud of it and I'm proud of myself.
Isabelle Monterroso: “yeah I feel that too. I feel like at the beginning of drawing we like to compare ourselves a lot to other people and we realize how much we have grown until we're like “Hey! Like side by side, we went far”. Are you inspired by any artist in particular?
Cori Youngblood: “Ah yes! There's this girl named Filipa Santos and she has a youtube channel and I've been watching her since I have been a freshman in high school. She's based in the UK and she just graduated from art school and I just love her account. She has an art shop and she has inspired me to do the things she's doing as well. So she has been the person I looked up to throughout the years.”
Isabelle Monterroso: “That's good to hear and interesting. I've never heard of her but I'll check her out, that's cool. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my questions”