Drawing inspiration from every day life

By Caleb Hennington
On March 17, 2014

Drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, music and faith: for senior graphic design major Alesha Haub these are just some of the activities that take up each and every moment of her busy life.

Haub, a native of Little Rock, is involved with A-State’s art program in a number of ways, including currently holding the position of Vice President of A-State’s AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) chapter.

She has been involved with AIGA for three semesters, and has held other positions in the chapter, such as the AIGA campaign manager for spring 2013 - fall 2013.

“Being a part of a student chapter has been awesome. Our AIGA chapter (which is a part of the Memphis chapter) is continuing to grow,” Haub said. “Being a part of AIGA not only looks great on a resume, but it’s fun and you’re networking at the same time.”

She draws the inspiration for her art from not only other artists she looks up to, but also through what she finds in the big, wide world that surrounds her.

“There are so many things that inspire me to make art. Everything from just looking around at nature, to seeing other designs and being inspired by other people’s work and their process of how they got there,” Haub said. “I don’t even have to be looking at art to be inspired by it.”

Despite being an accomplished artist today, the 22-year-old didn’t become inspired to create until late in her teenage years.

“Growing up, my older sister (Ashley) was always the artist. I was the kid that wanted to play every sport possible. I would doodle random abstract type patterns and designs, but it wasn’t until about my freshman year of high school that I actually began to draw and paint more,” Haub recalled. “I then took an art class my junior year of high school which opened up my eyes to so much more.”

In her high school art class, Haub learned about expression and movement through different mediums of art.

“I learned the incredible freedom that could be found in throwing all expectations out the window and just seeing what happens. My art teacher was an incredible influence and I took everything I learned to heart,” Haub said.

But Haub cited photography as her real passion, and said it’s what encouraged her to pursue a degree in art more than anything else.Her love for photography stems from the technicality of the art and its wide spectrum of possibilities.

“It’s very systematical, like an equation of sorts. Knowing how everything from aperture, to shutter speed, to IOS settings work and that I didn’t just set something on auto and shoot, but it took time and calculation, makes every good shot that much more special,” she said. “But most of all, I love photographing people, whether candid or portrait. I love the expressions and the time spent getting to know them personally, but in general I love seeing God’s incredible sense of creativity and design in how he masterfully put each of us together.”

There’s an old adage that says “one thing usually leads to another” and the quote is most assuredly true for Haub’s art.

Not only is she an accomplished artist and photographer, she also lives for and through music.

“Growing up, my mom decided that us three girls (my two older sisters and I) would play the piano, so there really wasn’t much say in it. I started taking piano lessons when I was six and took them all the way through my sophomore year in high school,” Haub said.

The talented artist also took violin lessons starting in the 4th grade, and took up the guitar in 7th grade.

But her real musical passion of playing worship music began after taking lessons from her worship pastor, and the strong religious influence taught by her mother.

“My mom is very musical as well. She always made sure we knew what music was. You see, for my family, music was never about you. Playing, writing, and singing was for the glory and honor of one person: the God of the universe, Jesus Christ,” Haub explained.

Haub’s passion for God and music perfectly intertwined during the fall of 2010 in the form of a position on the Central Baptist Church worship band, singing and playing the keyboard.

Haub started playing in the CBC band her freshman year of college and has led worship with the band ever since.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what the past four years of college would have been like having not been on the worship team for both the Rising and Journey (CBC’s college services). I’ve never been more happy than when completely lost in all that He is and all He has done for us, all that He has done for me.”

Haub’s professors easily recognize the talent she brings to A-State and know she will do great things in the future.

Nikki Arnell, assistant professor of graphic design and one of Haub’s design professors, had nothing but praise for Haub and her accomplishments.12

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