Megan Padovano





For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been drawing, scribbling or really using any excuse to be creative. Even as far back as Girl Scouts, where at age 11 I won a logo design contest which led to my design as an official patch for the Girl Scouts of America, I found enjoyment in designing.

Growing up, I drew everything that was around me: birds, people, objects etc. I took art classes locally, and loved every minute of them. I quickly realized that I was an artist, and I was born this way. I couldn’t understand other people that could see what was in front of them but were not able to translate that onto paper. Whenever I was happy, sad or angry I’d always take to a pencil and paper and channel my energy into drawing, and within five minutes I felt great.

I knew that college would probe a decision for what path to chose in earning my degree. I knew I loved art, and I knew so many people stuck in jobs that they were unhappy with, so I knew I DID NOT want to be like them. So, I chose to study art in college and hone my skills while learning as much as I possibly could. Initially I focused on Fine Art, where drawing and painting along with sculpture and printmaking were classes I couldn’t get enough of. I quickly realized that my favorite subject to draw or paint was portraits. The expression that can be conveyed through a portrait is exciting to me, as well as the features of the face and the challenge they provide when attempting to draw them

When I began at Brooklyn College, I took a Digital Art class on a whim and it changed my entire direction. I loved the art of typography, and the art of design so much that I continued into Web Design and even completed an Independent Study in Digital Art with my professor. It combined things I loved, like drawing and painting with new tools and fonts that I’d never known about.

As it turns out, studying art in college was the best decision I could have made. Now a graduate, I can look back on my years at The Fashion Institute of technology and the years at Brooklyn College, and feel like I’ve not only learned an immense amount of valuable information, but took classes that really changed my direction and turned me on to the art of design.

During college, I worked in the retail industry. Upper management noticed my skill for creating visual displays that combined merchandising and art. I then became a Visual Merchandiser, and am still currently working in that capacity. However, I am excited to delve into the world of graphic design and explore the creativity that it promotes.