Tuesday, January 6, 2015

An Introduction


I have been doodling on notes, handouts, and scraps of napkin since I was young, and over the years I have developed my own cute, simplistic cartoon style of drawing. My doodles usually have dots for eyes and sticks for arms, but I took my Introduction to Studio Art class last term as an opportunity to explore different styles of drawing, and while my sketchbook drawings still have a cutesy feel, they are more detailed and stylized (Figures 1 & 2).

Figure 1: A self-portrait in pencil

Figure 2: A charcoal drawing of Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice


When I was fourteen-years-old I had an epiphany. I knew most people liked films, but I realized that I loved them. I became obsessed with knowing exactly how each shot of a film was constructed and why. In high school I took a beginning film production class. I worked with my classmates to create short films and music videos and I gained valuable film and editing experience (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Two short films I worked on in my film production class
0:00-3:25 - Project I wrote & produced
3:25-End  - Project I starred in              


Growing up, I spent my free time studying acting and performing story theatre. I studied at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, IL from 4th grade all the way up through my senior year of high school (Figures 4 & 5). Though I do not do much acting now that I am in college, it is still a passion of mine.
 Figure 4: A photo from my final show at Piven Theatre Workshop

Figure 5: A shot of the cast creating a physical portrait

I hope to use a combination of my drawing, acting, and film production skills to create new projects that express my thoughts and interests in unique, creative ways.


  1. You were definitely better at video-editing than I was in high school! (I never took any classes, I just did it for fun.) I am excited to see what interesting ideas you have for films in our class!

  2. I remember your drawings from Studio Art; they were amazing, especially the self-portrait with the Japanese characters. I didn't know you did theatre; I was a theatre kid growing up and throughout high school too. I'm glad you found a passion in film as well. There are so many things to learn!

  3. The diversity of mediums you present is really interesting, especially when you think about possible combinations!