QUOTE OF THE WEEK: FALL DOWN SEVEN TIMES-STAND UP EIGHT…
Art is a strange subject; you either love it or hate it. You are an artist, or you are that person who draws stick men in their best efforts. ●︿● You tone or you scribble in zig zags. Not saying that anyone is this bad at Art, but I am sure that you get the idea. To be honest, I am in the middle. I’m not an absolute fan of art yet I do not mind sketching a few pictures. According to many people, I am an artist.
Several people in my form class moan at me constantly and ask, “Laurelle, why did you not take Art for your GCSE option?” When I reply, “Because I didn’t,” ¬_¬ they all stand surprised, some even offended. However, in my mind, I have millions of reasons (okay not millions, but I have a good lot of arguments (￣ω￣;) ). Firstly, I do not have 10 hours of my life to pour onto a piece of A2 paper. Even if I did, I wouldn’t want to put the minutes of my life on it. (THIS IS NOT TO OFFEND ANYONE WHO DOES ART FOR A LIVING!) Secondly, I draw in “cartoon/manga” styles. I do not do all this to-scale-splendid-cubic-toned-painted-Vincent-Van-Gogh-paintbrush-ink-measurements-ruler-more-scaling-graphed-French-Monet-water-intricate art （￣□￣；) My drawings are often black and white, in pencil and I rarely colour or shade. Now, in professional art, everything has to be to scale. That is already bad as I like to draw in “chibi”, in which the heads of the characters are, somewhat, 3 times the size of their body. ʕ≧ᴥ≦ʔ (Chibi means “small/short person in Japanese, with its original word being “Chitchana no Hito.”) Thirdly, in black and white, there are two art teachers in my school and one of them doesn’t like me at all. When I was choosing my GCSE subjects, I was not willing to play the “teacher lottery” as whichever teacher I get is the one that I will have to stick up with until Year 11. 50/50 is not my kind of game. Nevertheless, I still draw in my free time (which includes Chemistry and Physics lessons (Don’t worry, my grades are fine…)) (*≧▽≦)ﾉｼ)) Still, Art doesn’t just mean painting and drawing; it could be music and drama. I participate in musical activities and events frequently. I enjoy them too. I have performed in several concerts and recital evenings. I have even played in the House of Lords for an awards ceremony. I will never forget the day when I performed at Methodist Central Hall Westminster for another awards ceremony. (BTW I won awards in these ceremonies). I have sung at the Royal Albert Hall and I have performed in several school productions. To add more seasoning to the mix, I chose Music as a GCSE option in the end. (NO REGRETS) As for drama… My school does not have drama as a subject. Still, I enjoy acting and I enjoy reading plays and performing.
Going back to art…
Because art is so fabulous…
You may have some questions on Manga and Chibi. And so, I will elaborate. A manga is a Japanese comic, simple. I have never actually drawn a complete “manga” (。≖_≖｡) (I am trying soooo hard…), but I draw and sketch in manga style (note the difference). Of course, I don’t draw perfectly and some people draw on a whole different level Σ ( Д )ﻌﻌﻌﻌ⊙ ⊙ but it is noticeable that I draw in manga style and that one of my goals is to draw a complete manga series. (#GOALS)
Comments for Chibi?
(Translation from Japanese: it’s cute!)
(I am guessing that you are wondering why I am so obsessed with Japanese anything and everything. Firstly, I am not obsessed but I do have a very, very ,very strong interest and love with everything Japanese (…Fair enough…I am obsessed ♥ (ˆ⌣ˆԅ)…JAPAN SENPAI NOTICE ME!) I love the Japanese language (so I am learning it), the culture, the art and the food (NAH ‘DEN))
I guess that the next focus is my history with art. When I was younger, I loved art so badly that I wanted to become an artist. That soon changed when I realised how much artists are paid.
I used to draw everywhere and on anything: walls, paper, in diaries and journals, on tables…anywhere possible. Even on school work…which I still do now…
＿φ( °-°)/ MISS, I NEED TO BORROW A RUBBER!
＿φ( °-°) WHY?—
＿φ( °O°) BECAUSE I DREW KAWAII POTATOES ALL OVER MY TEST PAPER AND I FORGOT MY RUBBER!
＿φ( °-°) I CAN’T HELP YOU WITH THAT LAURELLE, JUST CONTINUE WORKING.
((φ(．．｡) WHAT IS IT, LAURELLE?
((φ(．．｡) I NEED ANOTHER SHEET OF PAPER.
((φ(¬ ¬) LAURELLE THE TEST STARTED 4 MINUTES AGO. HAVE YOU FILLED 4 SIDES OF PAPER ALREADY?
φ(●ﾟ益ﾟ)っ MISS PLEASE, I BEG YOU, JUST GIVE ME TWO MORE SHEETS OF PAPER!
φ(¬ _ ¬) I WILL, LAURELLE, HOLD ON. BUT PLEASE WORK ON THEM AS IT COSTS THE SCHOOL MONEY AND LINED PAPER IS MADE TO BE WRITTEN ON.
φ(¬ o ¬) MY MUM IS A TAX PAYER. IT’S ON THE HOUSE…
<5 MINUTES TO THE END OF THE EXAM>
φ（．．） GIRLS, YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES LEFT.
φ（o o ）
_ φ (ﾟ□ﾟ*) *FURIOUSLY SCRIBBLES DOWN ANSWERS*
(Now, that was based on a true story. This happened to me in Year 8 during my Design Technology End of Year Exam. Funny enough, I achieved 76% as a final grade in that exam. That’s God right there.) (☞ﾟ∀ﾟ)☞
(Best memories: drawing on BluTack)
So yeah, art is a part of me.
Inspiration… I know that I was inspired to draw in the style that I do now … (I just have to do some mad memory recall)