Artist' secret is to practice and never erase
November 19, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Brooklyn Flint
Junior, Isabel Lopez, is a bright artist here at McNary.
She has been drawing almost her entire life and plans to continue it in the future.
“I remember when I was little, my teacher would let me draw along the edge of my math homework, because she knew I was paying attention. When I was bored or anything, I would just make a little doodle, whether it was a flower, or little face, or little stick figure,” Lopez said.
Her love for art appeared out of the blue to her family.
“My mother wasn’t really an artist. She constantly says, when she looks at what I draw and what I do in music, she’s like: ‘I don’t know where you got that from because it wasn’t from me,’ but my family was very supportive through it so maybe they didn’t inspire it but they definitely helped spur me on to continue it,” Lopez said.
Since then, Lopez’s artwork has improved dramatically with continuous practice.
“Practice every day. Even if you don’t like how something turned out, don’t erase it because then you can learn from those mistakes, and no one is born super talented. If I look at the art that I did, even just two years ago compared to now, it’s crazy. The anatomy was awful and I couldn’t really figure out how to do positions or how to make something look real but you just keep on going at it and keep on targeting the areas that may not be the most fun or look the best and then you eventually get better at them,” Lopez said.
Lopez’s style is fairly unique and fascinating which makes her art stand out. “I often draw people and it’s just that people all look so different. Especially in an area where we have so many different cultural backgrounds,” Lopez said. “I find that I drift more to a cartoon style for people but I do love drawing scenery and experimenting with different kinds of styles.”
Every October, there is a drawing challenge called, ‘InkTober’ which allows aspiring artists or anyone really to improve their skills and try something new. Lopez participated in the challenge this year and felt pretty successful with her progress.
“You have to think a little like two steps ahead because with ink you can think of exactly how you want to shade. Do you want to use something like watercolor to show the different contrasts or do you want to use a technique like cross hatching where you put a bunch of little marks that create the illusion of shading a piece. I find that is something I really enjoyed with doing the inktober, is that you kind of have to plan ahead but at the same time you can kind of just flow and see what happens,” Lopez said.
With her strong passion for art, Lopez definitely wants to continue working to be a better artist and incorporate her illustrations in the working world.
“I do plan on doing some level of art. I’m not sure what I want to major in or what I want to do but I’ve thought about doing architectural design because that’s something that’s just really cool and thinking about how things work and making it look beautiful at the same time… I know that even if it doesn’t become my profession, That I want to continue doing it,” Lopez said.
“You create something from your inner thoughts and it speaks louder than words sometimes.”