Student succeeds in the face of adversity
Bailey Morris was this year’s Visual and Digital Student of the Year. Despite being hospitalised, he overcame adversity to succeed in his studies and produce exceptional work. We caught up with him to find out more.
What did you study and how did your interest in this subject develop?
“I studied graphic design for two years at Leeds City College. My interest for graphics and art started during the later stages of high school. I took computer science for my GCSE, and during this time, I used 'PHP' and 'CSS' to design and develop my own website. I enjoyed working on the designing stage, therefore I decided to teach myself how to use many of the Adobe programmes such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.
“I also started to learn how to draw and bought myself a Wacom Art tablet and began drawing cartoon characters, and more recently concept art landscapes.
“My overall experience at college has been great, I learnt a few new helpful tips and tricks, which has made my work look more professional. I also think it has improved my confidence.”
You were hospitalised a few months ago. What happened?
“Earlier this year, just before re-sitting my maths GCSE, one of my lungs collapsed. I have small bumps on my lungs which pop and tear holes. I was in hospital with a drain in me for about a week so I could heal. Sometime later, I went into hospital for an operation so they hopefully don't collapse again. Fortunately, I have been fine ever since.
“During my time at college, my mum also fell ill so I had to visit her in hospital, and come home early from college to help around the house, as well as walking the dog. She's slightly better now but still not fully herself.”
Tell us about one of your many achievements at college.
“For my Final Major Project (FMP), I made my very own storytelling animation. The video is called Man Vs Nature. It tells the story about how a man takes nature for granted and uses it for his own self-gain. However, one day he loses everything in a major fire, at this moment he's powerless and he pays the price for what he's done.
“I created the video using Cinema4D. I started learning how to model, rig, and animate last year, and finally finished it this year. It's a nine minute long movie, without speech. A lot of time and effort went in to making this. Around 30 seconds of animation took 12 hours to render! This means that I had my computer on, all day and night with little sleep. However, I enjoyed creating it, and learnt a lot in the process. I've even started making a new animation called Man Vs Nature: The Ocean."
What’s next for you?
“I'm hoping to get an apprenticeship, and until then I’ll be busy working on my own personal projects so I can keep growing my skills.”
You can watch Bailey’s animation here.