Tell us about yourself: what is your current occupation and what was your journey into this?
I currently attend DMAC (Digital Media Arts College). I’m finishing up my Freshman year and my field of study is Animation. I ended up at DMAC because I was granted the full ride scholarship after winning first place in the annual High School Senior Scholarship Competition. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity as I have aspired to become an extraordinary artist ever since I could hold a pencil. I have struggled with financial issues my entire life as my family was never well endowed in that aspect, therefore it was life changing to be able to continue to expand my education knowing my hard work paid off.
At DMAC, the curriculum is split up into two categories: animation and graphic design. These two career choices dictate much of the world around us that many fail to see. The classes and professors are preparing us by teaching us that no work is easy and if we deem it as such we are not fit for the industry. These careers are not fun and games, they require hard work, no sleep and dedication. They teach us this in order to be fully prepared for the industries we hope to become a part of one day after graduation. My motivation stems from continuing to create original ideas to generate reactions from the masses and making a living out of this, a living out of what I love to do.
You work in a variety of traditional media. Do you have any favorite tools and techniques? Can you explain what they are and why you prefer them?
Artists need inspiration to create, my inspiration to draw certain ideas I have come from various sources. However, my inspiration to be an artist in general cannot be labeled. I just know it makes me happy and it makes me feel at peace.
Aforementioned, artists gather inspiration to create their own creations. Artists look upon other artists’ style and create their own as they grow. I have gathered inspiration from the styles of artists over the years but, I have my own particular style that has been morphed through this. I have gathered inspiration and techniques of how to paint, to outline, hues, contrasts, subject matter and mix it into my own style.