Emily Gustin, a senior majoring in digital media arts and minoring in communications, works with The Torch as a graphic designer and photographer.  After she graduates, she hopes to work in graphic design in either marketing or advertising.

Gustin has been passionate about the arts ever since she was little. Over the years, she has grown her passion for art into graphic design and photography. Her main focus has been graphic design and that is most of what she does for The Torch. 

However, she is very passionate about photography as well. 

When Gustin was little, she started to learn that she loved creating art projects. These projects included painting and drawing. While entering high school, she never took any classes. 

“When I was in high school, I never took any art classes. This is really funny because I was interested in it,” Gustin stated.

She always kept the love for creating art as a hobby of hers, until she reached college. 

“I didn’t really start thinking about if it could be a career path until I got to college. I guess with the digital art major, it’s not really focused in one one thing. It’s kind of a lot of different things. From there, I focused on graphic designing and photography,” Gustin stated. 

Themes that Gustin has been focusing on recently include authenticity in photography, and why it is important to capture genuine, real moments on camera. 

Gustin is currently taking a class offered to seniors that has got her thinking about the theme “find your direction.” Gustin has been working on a project that is related to this theme. 

Gustin described her senior project for the class as something that was very casual and conversational in nature. 

“I wanted to do a portrait project. These projects are self driven and we can do whatever we want with them. I decided I was going to go out and photograph people and just sit down and have a conversation with them and photograph them while talking to them,” Gustin said. 

One piece of advice that Gustin was able to offer to those who want to start out with art is to experiment with many different types of art and to continuously practice. 

“Just experiment with different mediums. That really helped me. Also, don’t really worry about your equipment or even what skill level you’re at. You just need to go out and practice and you’ll get better,” Gustin said. 

If you want to check out any of Gustin’s photography projects, check out her Instagram page @ecg.photography. Also, be sure to keep an eye on the graphics in The Torch, as some of them may be Gustin’s work. 

If you would like to nominate someone for an Artist Spotlight feature in The Torch, please email torch@valpo.edu.

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