Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bloomingdale High artist aspires to study architecture

Joshuah Howard stands before his mural at the Campo Family YMCA. He produced the mural as a community service to obtain his Eagle Scout rank. He is a graduating senior at Bloomingdale High School.


Joshuah Howard stands before his mural at the Campo Family YMCA. He produced the mural as a community service to obtain his Eagle Scout rank. He is a graduating senior at Bloomingdale High School.

VALRICO — Joshuah Howard loves making art. Any kind of art. Sculptures, graphic design, painting.

"Mostly because I'm good at it," said the senior at Bloomingdale High School.

He doesn't mean to sound conceited, it's just that he's been better than most his whole life. An ink drawing of his girlfriend looks like a photograph. A mobile he created looks like one of artist Alexander Calder's famous pieces. And a graphic design recently earned him $3,500.

"That was like a year's salary in a week," said Joshuah, who's a lifeguard at the YMCA in Valrico.

This summer, Joshuah took his skills to a wall inside the YMCA. He's been a Boy Scout since first grade, and it was time to work on his Eagle Scout project. He thought a mural inside the rock-climbing gym would be fun.

"Most do manual labor, clean a forest," he said. "This was more me."

The 30- by 40-foot wall is filled with upward arrows and motivational text in bold red, black and grey paint: Try, aspire, endure, succeed.

Those are his plans, too. He's trying to get into a good architecture program for college. He aspires to be a conceptual architect. He knows he'll have to endure long nights in the studio designing models. But he plans to succeed.

Joshuah's graphic design of an ink splatter that transitions into a piece of music earned him $3,500 on, which sells shirts designed and rated by the public.

He got the idea for Splatter in D Minor when his pen exploded on a piece of music in D minor. He thought he'd win enough votes online, but he didn't expect that much money.

The first thing he bought with his winnings was the Adobe Illustrator computer program so he won't have to use the practically ancient Adobe 2.0 he used for his first design.

"I'm trying to crank out as many as possible," he said.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or 661-2443.

Bloomingdale High artist aspires to study architecture 10/09/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 9, 2008 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions in county funding toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  2. Man injured when small helicopter crashes into Odessa home


    ODESSA — Firefighters and sheriff's deputies were investigating Monday after a small helicopter crashed into the roof of a house in northwest Hillsborough County.

    Rescuers respond to a crash of a small helicopter on the roof of a home in the Odessa area on Monday. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]
  3. State investigation cites multiple failures in death of Largo child


    LARGO — It was sweltering in the bedroom of the Largo mobile home the day a child welfare case manager visited in July.

    Liz Rutenbeck, 24, poses with her son William in a Facebook photo. Baby William Hendrickson IV died while his mother was in jail after police said his father left ihim in a sweltering room.  A state investigation into the boy's death found multiple failures on the part of the child welfare system.
  4. 'Siesta Key' star punched in face, not sure who did it


    TAMPA —Alex Kompothecras, cast member on MTV's reality show "Siesta Key," tells police he was punched in the face outside a bar in Tampa's SoHo district.

    Alex Kompothecras, Juliette Porter, Pauly Apostolides, Madisson Hausburg, Chloe Trautman, Garrett Miller, Kelsey Owens and Brandon Gomes pose for a photo in Siesta Key in June before the debut of the MTV reality series Siesta Key. [
EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  5. Editorial: Senate health care bill would be disastrous for Florida


    The frantic effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with something — anything — ranks raw politics over sound policy and threatens the health care of millions of Floridians. It is a desperate attempt to declare victory by shifting responsibility from the federal government …

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks in August in Doral.