Feb 13–Mar 16
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Art has always been a part of who I am, ever since I was five. Throughout my life, all I wanted to be was a cartoon artist. Growing up, I always had the drive to make a lot of pictures. Now, I'm writing my own comic book called Chaos World. In terms of coming up with a plot for my comic book or even making a comic, I was influenced by Akira Toriyama, Stan Lee, and George Lucas.
Stan Lee is an inspiration to a lot of people since he created the storylines for Marvel characters like Spiderman, the X-Men, and Iron Man. His emphasis on a hero’s feelings and how they overcome their struggles has influenced my work. He creates these heroes that have human features like having responsibilities, feelings, and flaws. George Lucas is also admirable for the same quality in Star Wars. Star Wars attracts many viewers of all ages, and that is what I am working toward in Chaos World. Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragonball Z, influenced me the most to make Chaos World. As a child, I grew up watching the show, and what really drew me was the storyline and the emphasis on action, plot, and suspense.
These three creators helped me make Chaos World. Most of Chaos World’s pictures are 8'' x 11.'' In my pictures, I exaggerate facial expressions, colors, and the shape of the human body. The supplies I use are ballpoint pens, colored pencils, pencils, regular pens, and markers. Most of my pictures in my portfolio are scanned on the computer then inverted or drawn out in the computer. I use Microsoft Paint to draw and add to the original analog image on paper. All of my pictures have a sense of form and depth because I apply colors for shading and lighting. I also exaggerate movement by making lots of lines around the figure.
The character of my comic book looks more like the style of Manga than American comic books, but like all comic books, the emphasis is on the action. So far I have finished four parts of Chaos World and am still working on part five. In one of my pictures, the main character is in the middle, with heaven on the right and hell on the left. The picture is called "Ultimatum" and it sends a clear message about the action in the story. The message is that the main character, Unege, is between heaven and hell, and he has powers from both because he is a hybrid. His goal is to protect the world from the prophecy of the war between heaven and hell. My version of heaven is made of feathers and hell is made of warlocks. After years of being influenced by Stan Lee, George Lucas, and Akira Toriyama, it is now my turn to follow in their footsteps and make a comic book that will attract viewers around the world.