I studied at the Art Students League through online classes from the Fall of 2020 to the Spring of 2021, and I really enjoyed the experience. This year I would like to begin taking in-person classes. During my online classes, we would explore drawing techniques or draw subjects I had never thought of creating before. Sometimes we would try new ways of shading to bring depth into a drawing of tropical fish or create sketches of strange and unusual fantasy trees. These techniques and subjects helped strengthen my art skills and broadened the scope of subjects I could draw. I also found that even though the class was virtual, the environment was enjoyable, with kind teachers and driven students.


“I want to combine both writing and art by making graphic novels in the future. “


When I grow up, I would like to become a graphic novelist. This idea was inspired by my love of comic books and manga. My family always had old superhero comic collections as part of our home library. And now I often go on hunts to find new manga series to read in bookstores and libraries. Both Japanese manga and American comics have inspired my love for art and telling a story through art. I am also an avid reader and writer, so I want to combine both writing and art by making graphic novels in the future. 

The artist that has influenced me the most is probably Hayao Miyazaki. Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, and the face and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The magic in the plot and animation of Studio Ghibli’s movies had inspired me ever since I went to see “Ponyo” when I was four years old. Watching studio Ghibli movies has shown me how art and story can be married to create a life-changing experience for the viewer.

High School of Art and Design
Guyanese / Guatemalan

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