ASU freshman wins second place in ski design contest
Appalachian State University freshman Joseph Toney has combined his love of art, design and skiing to win second place in a ski design competition.
Toney of Boone created a contemporary design featuring a woman's profile for the competition sponsored by T. J. Schiller, one of the world's top professional freestyle skiers. The contest received more than 200 entries.
Toney will receive various ski gear, including a set of skis and outerwear for his winning entry.
Toney is currently majoring in graphic design with a minor in entrepreneurship. He also has strong interests in art and product design.
He learned about the competition online and spent about a week creating the design based on a mixed media and acrylic stylized portrait he created for a high school art class.
Using Adobe Photoshop, Toney replicated portions of the portrait and added logos and colors to his design.
"I was fortunate to place second in the competition and I'm more than psyched to have done so," Toney said. "This competition has sparked a flame inside me to create more ski designs and hopefully have a design on a pair of skis."
Toney designs custom crocheted hats, headbands and other items that are sold locally in Boone. Examples of his designs can be seen at http://www.jeastyle.com.