Grosse Pointe North junior Tess Kolp is really pleased with how her submission to the North American International Auto Show's poster contest turned out. She should be - the computer graphics student won a second place in the elite event's contest, taking home a $250 prize and bragging rights that her post will be on display during the show that draws attendees from all over the globe.
"I think the coolest thing is that it actually turned out even better than I had in my head," Kolp said.
Kolp, who is a student in Robert Thies' Computer Graphics IV class, created her poster using typography-a stylized use of words and text to create an image. Her poster features an aggressive-looking sports car created with words about the event and the automotive industry.
"I had seen some other examples of typography but they were kind of flat and only in black and white. So I used color and it turned out exactly how I wanted it to," Kolp grinned.
It took her three weeks of pretty solid work, Kolp said, and she finished just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Her animations have been featured in the GPN Art Show and she has designed posters for the North Music Department. Currently, in Computer Graphics IV, Kolp is learning how to create 3-D animations and is working on constructing a 3-D head using nurb modeling.
According to a release about the contest, the 25th annual NAIAS Poster Contest was open to all Michigan residents enrolled in grades 10 through 12. An independent panel of recognized representatives from the local art community judged the contest. Past judges have included the NAIAS Chairmen, General Motors Automotive Designers, and College for Creative Studies instructors. This year, the judges chose winners in 16 categories. Last year, NAIAS received a record breaking 891 entries from 88 high schools.
Kolp will attend the North American Auto Show during its run on January 19-27.
"I can't wait to see my poster on display!"