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From an early age, I always loved cartoons. They are what drew me in (pun intended) to the medium of digital illustration. Through my illustrations and animations, I want to bring the joy of storytelling to a new generation of kids. The world of cartoons has always been alluring to me, with its sparkling aesthetic and the beautiful emotional energy it can carry—an energy I hope to replicate in my own work. With digital illustration, I can create a plethora of drawings in a short amount of time. I love to create bright and colorful works centered around events in the lives of the characters I create. In creating a variety of works, from small doodles and comics to larger, more detail-oriented scenes, I can freely explore a range of casts and settings. My work aims to share these stories with viewers, spreading the same childlike joy I felt waking up to watch cartoons on a Saturday morning.
When I was a kid, I would doodle the stories in my head, frame-by-frame, on pieces of scratch paper. I’d bombard my friends and family with the stories I’d made. Tales about zombies solving their own murder, fourth-dimensional time travelers, and girls falling in love! I was never able to tell these stories to others using my words, so I drew them instead. I never stopped. The ability to draw has given me language. If I needed to say something too big for words, I could give you a thousand; —and through my drawings, I’d begin to see myself more clearly. Many people have never seen themselves, or the truth of themselves, in art. The reduction of a person's worth to a one-off story about disability, race, or religion could never encompass the bounty of who they are. This conversation is one that has been had many times before. Who does and doesn't get to be the hero? Who is left out? Who has never heard their name out loud before?