Setting out to propose a new entertainment experience, Bianca Lesaca (iIllustration), Margaret Kawsek (aAnimation), Cenga Tse (iInteractive dDesign and gGame dDevelopment) and Isabel Caruncho (iIndustry dDesign) didn’t know where they would end up. But their winning idea led them all the way to Disney in Los Angeles, California. A solid base will always take you far The team of SCAD students won this year’s annual Disney Imaginations competition for their design and development of a new Disney attraction around the well-loved Peter Pan story. Attraction overview Teaming up was easy because the four conveniently live near each other – and are good friends. “We trusted each other’s work ethics,” says third- year student, Bianca Lesaca, who was looking for a challenge beyond her classroom work. While being friends seems like a good start, disagreements could prove tricky. But according to Lesaca, understanding the innate challenges of working together made them more respectful and democratic in their process. The Pirate Bay Another advantage was being true Disney fans. “It was the perfect geek outlet,” Lesacashe says., “Wwe threw around ideas, using our understanding of current technological and media trends. Once we settled on a concept with a strong hook, we developed it with research and more brainstorming.” Each student used her skills to provide an important role in the entire process, with Lesaca taking the lead as an illustrator. "We had to demonstrate the look and mechanics of our idea, which we did with my illustrations.," LesacaShe also contributed to the concept design and story-building, both inI discussion and through ideas. Dark ride with peter pan Lesaca, who became an illustrator because she enjoys letting her ideas and imagination flow and turning them into visuals. “I’ve always wanted to tell stories with my pictures,” she says. She quickly learned that she enjoyed incorporating stories into her work. But even that was a learning process for the student. "It was difficult at first, but I learned to better apply my visual vocabulary towards the direction of a story. Through that process alone, I extended my patience and my improved my organisational skills," she says. Throughout the process, Lesaca became fond of the team’ ideas, in the land they created for Disney. “All of these attractions are special to us, they are part of the immersive experience but they make up the whole,” she says. As for Lesaca herself, it was different to normal schooling. “For the competition, there’s the vision, which is something I care about,” she says. Disney Imaginations Pitch Teaming up was easy because the four conveniently live near each other – and are good friends. Teaming up was easy because the four conveniently live near each other – and are good friends. Another benefit of the competition experience was getting a taste of a professional career as an illustrator. "Working at Disney in LA meant working within a highly creative and innovative environment. My skills were pushed and I explored options in creative fields I wouldn't normally have considered,." Lesaca says. Her maturity also helped her to also see the advantage of an early introduction me to the industry. Lesaca already has ideas for what she will do when she graduates. “I definitely want to working more with stories within my field. Whether it’s illustration, concept art, or design, stories give direction to my work and allow me to connect in an authentic way with the audience,” she explains. Her recent experiences have given her a sense of authenticity, which she says is is pivotal to her artistic career. “No matter where I end up working, I want to have that connection to my audience,” she says with conviction. For those thinking of studying Illustration, Lesaca advises that it takes both discipline and dedication. “Keep drawing. Determine where you'd like to eventually work, and then build up where you need improvement. No matter where you end up, a solid base will always take you far,” she says.