In my childhood, definitions were rigid, even if my imagination wasn’t. But what reinforced these strict definitions were the images and roles I saw portrayed in TV shows and movies. In animation, a character is so thoroughly created to live and breathe, to empathize with; and these were the biggest influences of my childhood. From there, I was fascinated by the power of a drawing, mimicking and copying what I saw. But in certain ways, I myself was already but a mimicry of what I saw. I am an identical twin, a younger half of a sisterhood, always two minutes behind and barely living up to that “identical” label with birth defects in tow. But what if I could create something of my very own, create my own definitions? It wasn’t until much later—and much struggle—that I would begin to redefine and embrace my imperfections as an individual, separate from the expectations placed upon me as “identical.” And it is in art that difference is celebrated.
In fact, it was through creating, through art making, that I had found my own niche. So, I want to turn the tables and allow kids to define their own terms from the very beginning, to assert their own voice, and to let their imaginations run their course! There are so many steps in creating a character and identity to root for, but there even more steps in building up the confidence to root for oneself. In joining Nine Studio, I am excited to contribute to a space that will do just that! In creating a class plan for Character Designing, I hope to not only help kids build characters of their very own but also build their own characters. Exploring personality and emotion beyond themselves, kids will be able to better empathize and emote, and better yet: be themselves. The possibilities are endless, defined only by their own imaginations! As a lifelong student, as an artist, as a creator, I am freed by the open medium of art to express. And as a teacher, I only hope to provide the means and tools for their own self expression.