Designing and drawing from the heart

Sleepless nights. Dozens of projects and countless assignments. Being an artist is demanding work, and sophomore Christy Lin treasures every minute of it.

Her artistic calling became clear as early as kindergarten, when her teacher and peers both noticed that she had a gift for drawing and the visual arts.

“My [kindergarten] teachers encouraged me,” Lin said, “and my parents supported my passion throughout the years. However, my biggest inspiration has definitely come to be my art teacher. He pushes me to the limit and inspires me not only as an artist, but as a person as well, and I’ve learned many things from him.”

Recently, Lin has pushed herself to create a series of ink illustrations, called “1,000 Film Studies.” She used Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic black and white films as a reference, creating one thousand separate drawings. Each one took her under two minutes to complete.

“I time myself, and it trains my eyes to see new things, such as light and shadow in real life. So when I draw in the future or when I’m creating a composition, it’s more readable for the audience,” Lin said. “My teacher recommended this for me because he said that if I want my artwork to be clear, I have to be able to understand value, which is ultimately the foundation of color. If you don’t understand value, then your color will not be accurate.”

Over the summer, Lin enrolled in an intensive pre-college course, the Entertainment Design class at the ArtCenter College of Design. She found out about it through their student program and received emails from the directors to register for the course.

“During the classes, I learned a lot about time management and how to balance out my work time,” Lin said. “I also learned to work at a faster pace to match the huge workload of the course. In addition, I was able to build my portfolio, create a lot of pieces, and open a different perspective in not only designing but creating as well.”

Lin also created a story consisting of digital paintings titled “Fear of Chuna” that incorporates an original character, prop and environment.

“‘Fear of Chuna’ is my story about a girl who is trying to overcome her fear of talking to other people and her development with the narrative,” Lin said. “I learned so much from doing the project, and I’m proud of the result.”

In the future, Lin hopes to continue with her passion of art and design, and she aims to continue to develop her skills.

“I set [art] as a priority every day. Even if I have a lot of schoolwork, I’m still able to balance out my art because I enjoy it,” Lin said. “Art is a really good way to express myself, because artists make the world a more beautiful place. I want creators to be appreciated. It drives me to give all [artists] more of a voice and to get rid of the stereotypes that we’re lazy or homeless. Because at the end of the day, we’re actually helping people.”

By Ashley Liang, Staff writer

Photo courtesy of Christy Lin