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Aspiring Pilot Meets Digital Art

Artist: Nikitta Joan

My interest in digital art began with a digital art class at Montgomery College, Art 116 Digital Tools for Visual Arts, which was a transforming experience. During a summer semester, I studied the subtle aspects of digital art, learning how to use digital tools with accuracy and refinement.

Art is like a gentle breeze for me, a safe refuge where I can freely express all the feelings and dreams swirling inside me, whether it’s on a canvas or through sketches. It’s where my imagination soars high, painting the skies I yearn to explore as a pilot. Yet, more than just creating, art is my sanctuary—a comforting space where I find solace and freedom from life’s burdens.

The most important aspect of digital art for me is the flexibility it provides.

Unlike traditional artistic forms where I have to purchase each brush and color, and some materials that I badly want to use with it being very expensive, digital art allows me to explore with a never-ending variety of brushes, colors, and approaches that are free to use, whether it’s within my phone using my fingers, my iPad with my Apple Pencil, or the drawing tablet I received as a gift.

With each digital canvas, I venture into new territory, stretching the limits of my creativity and imagining new colors and shapes.

My dream to be a pilot has influenced my artistic drawings and paintings. It’s one of the dreams that has inspired my creativity and given my artwork a sense of purpose and direction Whenever inspiration develops, I feel compelled to sketch planes, with each stroke of the digital brush bringing me closer to fulfilling my goals.

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Nikitta Joan
Nikitta Joan, Staff Writer
Nikitta Joan began her journey with The Excalibur in fall of 2022 as a staff writer, returning in spring of 2024 as a staff photographer. While she's mainly stationed at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, she's also actively involved at the Rockville campus. Currently working towards her AA degree in computer science, Nikitta dreams of flying high in aviation and becoming a pilot, but her interests aren't limited to journalism and academics; she was the secretary of the 2022-23 TPSS Student Government Association (SGA) and is serving as the president of Kappa Omega Chapter Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society for the 2023-2024 academic year. Nikitta als0 recently took on the role of president for the Women in Engineering Science and Technology WEST Club in Rockville this spring.

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    Shirley N. WashingtonMar 28, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your article and am glad the ARTT 116 class has been an
    inspiration for you. Digital art certainly has many possibilities. Keep dreaming about piloting while developing your artistic skills!
    Shirley N. Washington