Elle Choi ’21 is a new sophomore who is very talented in art. This winter semester Elle took Advanced Drawing this winter, and many of her works were featured in Blair Art Stars and in the Annual Student Art Exhibition. To learn more about Elle’s perspective, The Oracle’s Irene Jung interviewed her.
IJ: When did you start making art and why?
EC: I started making art when I was in first grade. However, I did not start off very interested in it. I just did it because everyone was required to take an art class in my elementary school. I think it took me about a year or so to actually like it when I was no longer forced by others to draw. I started to enjoy doodling and filling in colors on my own during my free time, and I think that is what led me to become who I am as an artist today.
IJ: Do you have any styles you prefer to draw?
EC: I like to draw using pencils and charcoals. I love using charcoal the most, because it is very spontaneous and speedy compared to watercolor or other paints. With charcoal, I can cover up any small mistakes with my hand or by applying another layer of charcoal over it. I can just sit down and spend hours working with charcoal, because it helps me destress from other work.
IJ: What is your favorite piece so far?
EC: I really like my pencil drawing of Nick and Judy from Zootopia. It took me a week to finish that piece, but I loved spending time on it. Zootopia has always been my favorite movie, and I always get inspired from watching Disney movies.
IJ: Do you have a mentor?
EC: Mr. Thomas has helped me grow as an artist since the moment I came to Blair. He gives me great advice whenever I run out of ideas for my projects, and his positive comments boost my confidence in my art. I love him so much, and I can’t wait to take two more years of art with him at Blair.
(Copyright 2019 Irene Jung)