I don’t have a distinct memory of when I started drawing and getting into art. I can honestly say that I’ve been doing it for as long as I can possibly remember. My favorite classes in school were obviously art; it was when I was drawing that I felt most confident about myself. I was well aware that there were always people who were better at it than I was, but when I drew…I really didn’t think much about it. Drawing has always been therapeutic for me, and I think it’s because I become intensely focused when I start a project. On the other hand, if I’m not careful I can become a perfectionist when I draw…and that can be frustrating.
People ask me how I got so good and I tell them it’s probably because I drew all the time! I know that’s a pretty cliche answer but it’s true, I practiced my art almost every single day. I love to recreate art by looking at it and drawing, but that requires a decent understanding of perspective and perception. If you’re a beginner, I would invest in some tracing paper and trace your favorite characters. The more you do it, the more you’ll be able to see a character, get used to their anatomy and eventually be able to draw them from memory. This isn’t meant to be a drawing lesson or anything but I figured I’d share how I got started and I how I got to where I am today.
My dream is to create comic versions of my written novels, although I still haven’t decided on what kind of style I would want to use. Visual storytelling is something that has always interested me for a very long time, and I hope to use it to tell my own stories.