Student Art Spotlight: Maleesa Tran (’18)
September 30, 2016
Every month, RHStoday will feature a student artist. Maleesa Tran (’18) is featured in this month’s Q&A spotlight.
Q: When did you first start drawing/painting?
A: “I started first drawing in 4th grade but then I took it seriously in 7th grade. I started learning how to use different mediums and techniques. “
Q: How do you find time to do your art?
A: “Most of the time I do my art in my free time or on the weekends, but usually I’m tired.”
Q: What’s your favorite medium?
A: “My favorite medium to use is acrylics or colored pencil. I first started out with colored pencil and my first painting medium is acrylics and it dries quickly.”
Q: What do you like to draw the most?
A: “I like to draw people- not necessarily portraits but I like to draw mythical girls and not real. Like a unicorn girl.” “It’s semi realism the more cartoony look is from my inspiration which is anime and realism because I want to make it come to life.”
Q: What draws you to semi-realism?
A: “Because I find realism kind of boring because it just looks exactly like it and so, incorporating unrealistic things makes it more exciting and shows my imagination.”
Q: How did you get into drawing these creatures?
A: “I got into it because I started watching Sailor Moon and that inspired me to keep drawing.”
Q: Why does Sailor Moon mean so much to you in how it inspires you?
A: “Sailor Moon was my first anime, and I was intrigued by how they looked and their…aesthetics, so that made me want to start off drawing anime and semi-realism as well because to understand and draw cartoon and anime, you’d have to understand realism first and then I incorporate both.
Q: How has your practice changed over time?
A: “Over time I got exposed more to different mediums and so I explored more with them. I found what I’m more comfortable with and what I like to explore more with. My style usually changes and I don’t really have a set style yet- well I don’t think I do. I feel like a lot of artists sometimes don’t feel like they have a set style and usually for me, my style depends on the time and emotions.”
Q: Overall, what does your art stand for?
A: “It’s what I would want the world to look like.”
Michelle Aros is a junior at Robinson High School. She has interests in music and writing. Aros takes piano classes outside of school and plays the clarinet...