Metea Valley High School '19
Columbia College Chicago '23
Illinois Prairie Scholars '19
Cum Laude Scholar '19
High School Cumulative GPA 4.0
Current Cumulative GPA 4.0
Art Classes Taken
I can't remember the first time I drew, but I know my earliest memories had me obsessed over drawing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I was four, I would draw Leonardo with a 20 pack and Donatello with three elbows, I knew then what I was drawing wasn't at the level I wanted.
When I was in grade 6, Nickelodeon's 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles started playing, and I was immediately obsessed. Though, this time I started to create comics that I would share with my classmates. The enjoyment I received from others liking my comics motivated me to create more. That experience carried out throughout middle school, and during career day, I decided then I wanted to be a graphic novelist.
Throughout high school I worked on bettering my skills. I attribute my obsession with Steven Universe with helping me practice a variety of body types and shapes. Not only by then my drawings had an adequate amount of pecks, but they also became original. I created Dr. Doctor and Mr. Man, Willie, A King's Heart, and Andy Bass. I moved on from creating fan work to creating original content, and by that point I understood that drawing didn't feel like a chore. I could work 14 hours straight drawing a comic and not once feel like it was work. It was something I loved.
Now that I'm in Columbia College Chicago, I have taken on the largest project I have ever worked on. Andy Bass is a Webtoon that updates weekly. Over 50 illustrations are made a week. Writing, sketching, lining, coloring, bubbling, positing. It takes up all of my free time when I'm not doing homework or working at Michaels. I thank the comic for also helping me improve constantly. I'm always trying to better the style each chapter, and that has noticeably made improvements in my work when looking at the first chapters compared to the newest.
I don't think I'll ever be able to stop drawing, or obsessing over Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so get ready for more weird comics pertaining to mutant freaks!