What I found in art
The comic book I created with friends during my early teens was my first endeavor into the art of storytelling. While it may have been a story that we nearly entirely copied from existing comic books and TV shows, it drove me to try to discover the captivating qualities of a good story. Naruto, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games were my early influences and I attempted to recreate the magic these stories encapsulated in my own works.
Manga and Anime were important influences during my high school years. I developed my art and my writing, mostly due to studying shows such as Attack on Titan. I started understanding the basics of foreshadowing, character development, and world-building. Additionally, I again attempted to create a comic book in 2015. The comic book that would slowly evolve into my current story The Goddess of Areth.
I began to dabble into American comic books in my first year of university. I learned of the philosophical intricacies that can be explored in a great number of ways in art. Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther (2016), Saga, Paper Girls, Gerard Way’s Doom Patrol (2016), and Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye (2012) provided me with material to study and to incorporate in my own art. Literature has also become a growing interest for me. Novels and Poetry have led me to obtain a greater understanding of the art of storytelling. And I have to thank Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, Mary Shelley, Angelina Weld Grimké, Stephen Crane, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman for that.