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Aaron Provost

Why did you choose MICA/Illustration? 
After my first couple of years of school at CCBC in Catonsville, it came time to start considering the direction my work was going. The majority of my courses were foundation level and didn't have a specific tract, though as is natural, certain aspects came through in every piece I worked on.  In the end, it came down to wanting to tell a story to my viewer with my imagery, and after chatting with one of my instructors who mentioned illustration would be a very solid place for my type of work, my mind was made up. 

What is/are the most important thing/things you have learned from your MICA experience?
There are a lot of things that you pick up about the business side of art making by being at MICA, especially in the Illustration department.  Learning about audience, dealing with clients and how to approach building your work as a brand and business are things that are going to be invaluable moving forward.  The best assignments were always the ones that both had interesting content as well as an important business element to them.  

Tell us a little about your work and professional successes.
My personal work has, and likely will continue, to be grounded firmly in my past experience.  I went into the US Army right after high school and worked as a Fire fighter after that.  So I'm coming to school a little later than most, but with a lot more to draw from for my work.  This has fed my thesis directly, and has helped me get a start on selling my work to the military community.  I've also been heavily involved in helping to build a new, currently unannounced, science fiction universe.  From helping to build the background up to doing concept work and illustrations to hiring and working with freelance artists.  It's been an incredible experience and I feel extremely lucky to get a chance at helping shape something big from the ground up.  

What is your greatest achievement?
Up to now, simply getting a degree was my biggest goal, so having that milestone behind me will be one of my biggest accomplishments.  Getting to this point has been full of personal sacrifices and difficult decisions and such a huge leap from where I was prior to starting school.  Graduating will help to make it all worthwhile. 

Words of advice?
Work like you have something to prove.  Work like you are meant to be there.  You can sleep when you graduate.