My name is Jacqueline Huari, though I’d prefer to be called Jack. I’m 15 and attend the High School of Art and Design and recently finished my freshman year. It was my Design Foundation teacher that referred me to this program.

I believe that practice and a desire to step out of comfort zones is what leads to improvement and if I have a chance to do something that will benefit me, I do it. I’m fortunate and grateful to be able to attend this program at no cost. I want to be able to practice my anatomy skills since I believe that it’s one of the most important and beautiful concepts to master in art. Once you master anatomy, you can bend it to your will and create your own unique style.

Anatomy has always interested me because I want to become a mortician when I’m older. I want to open my own LGBTQ+ friendly funeral home where people will be able to request without judgement on how they want to be remembered and presented when they die. Everyone deserves the chance to leave this world and be remembered the way they want and the way they were. I want to pursue this career because I have a strong stomach and don’t fear things that I’ll have to work with in that job. I like the idea of being able to give families and people a chance to give their proper goodbyes and to be able to see their loved ones one last time. It’s a morbid job, but one that has to be done and one that I am willing to do.

Even though I want to become a mortician, art will always be my greatest passion. In my free time from being a mortician, I want to do my own comic series and share it on the internet and possibly get it published one day. Who knows, maybe I could get it turned into a show. Creating stories and characters is something I’ve been doing since I was very young. I want to start doing commissions soon since I get to practice and make money, so it’s a win-win.

Some artists that inspire me are classic ones, like Leonardo DaVinci and Francisco Goya. I admire DaVinci’s realism, shading, and the accuracy and detail he puts in anatomy. I admire the way Goya uses value and shading in his drawings, as well as the bizarre, and at times creepy, subjects of his work. I also admire many comic artists such as Junji Ito and Shintaro Kago. Both are horror mangakas, and I really admire the weird and unique ideas that they write about and how they express them through detailed and somewhat surreal art. I always wonder what goes through these artists’ minds to create such fascinatingly weird stories. Finally, I admire some artists on Instagram, mainly the way they use makeup in their drawings and how they’ve shown me a side of it that isn’t conventional. I love both drawing and using makeup, I like how it has no limits and can completely change someone’s face and their vibe.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you have a great day.

High School of Art and Design
Spielberger-Spanierman Scholarship-2021

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