By ML Ball
Photos: Courtesy of Reid Sandlund
Growing up with a mother who’s a graphic designer and a father who’s a writer, it seems only natural that Reid Sandlund would inherit a good amount of artistic talent. What he’s done with that talent, however, has been a journey all his own.
“I’ve been drawing pretty much my whole life, as soon as I could pick up a pencil,” Reid said recently. Starting with a digital illustration app in middle school, then moving up to a graphics tablet in eighth grade, Reid discovered a fascination with and a real aptitude for digital art (art rendered on a computer). As middle school morphed into high school, he kept at it, and his digital drawings got better, more nuanced, more expressive.
In the fall of his junior year, Reid started thinking of art college and a future career in the art field. Knowing he would need a proper portfolio for college applications, in the spring of 2018 he made his way to The Art Effect and met with the former director, Todd Poteet. After reviewing Reid’s work, Todd suggested he take the Advanced Portfolio Development class that spring semester.
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