Lauren Hodges | Illustrator & Graphic Designer in Huntsville, Alabama

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I blog about my current projects, interests, logo designs, invitation designs, illustrations, and more.


The First of Many Posts and My Love for Disney

I'm just going to jump right into this despite this being my first blog post.

First, a few more tidbits about myself:

  1. Disney 
    I'm obsessed with Disney. Not obsessed to the point of being unhealthy (At least I hope), but to the point that I know every lyric from all the songs, I know quotes from all the movies, and I moonlight as the rightful ruler of Cinderella's castle in Disney World.
  2. Music
    I have very eclectic preferences when it comes to music. I love composers for video games and movies: Klaus Badelt, Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, and Brian Tyler. On the other end of the spectrum, I love Disney theme park music and 40s classics (Stay classy, lol).
  3. Video Games
    I play I conquer, repeat. Some of my favorites consist of: Mass Effect Series, Bioshock Series, Monkey Island Series, Heavy Rain, Kingdom Hearts, Dashin' Desperadoes (Kickin it Oldschool), Grim Fandango, and The Batman/Arkham Series (DROOL).

On another note, I'm hoping to blog about a whole bunch of things. I'm going to be starting my second bachelor's degree in Game Art at Full Sail this January. My first degree being a BFA in graphic design at Auburn University, I felt advertising just wasn't for me. I crave illustration, stories, and putting it all together into one big beautiful idea. After researching the school thoroughly, I'm hoping to document my journey through their online BSA program in game art (So stick around!). I haven't seen a lot of great documents exploring this, but I've seen a lot of reviews on both positive and negative spectrums. I just want everyone to know right of the bat that I applied for Full Sail, SCAD, and the Academy of Art University. I received a total of $11,000/yr award of scholarships from SCAD and around $8,000/yr from Full Sail (None from AAU). After much deliberation and research I've decided to go with Full Sail. I've been through the usual state college experience and I've decided to jump into a completely different experience. Sorry for the rambling! If you have any questions about going to Full Sail, AAU, or SCAD I'd be happy to talk to you personally!

I also hope to write about art I'm working on. I paint, sculpt, and draw. I'm hoping to share current projects. I also hope to share my @sketch_dailies. If you are a fellow artist and don't know what Sketch Dailies are, I highly encourage you to participate! Every day SD posts on twitter and facebook a challenge for artists to sketch and submit art based on a chosen theme. From the submissions SD choses the best and retweets it's "stars". I'm hoping to submit my first this week. Check out the latest SD below:


Thanks for taking the time to read through my first blog post. I'm excited about our future journey together into the adventurous world of blogging.