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Portrait of an Artist as an American Teen

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JK: Drawing yourself is pretty different from drawing others because while drawing yourself you really want to make everything look perfect or better than it is. So in a way, I do look at my drawing a little differently and there are some things I would want to change just to make myself look perfect in the drawing.

JB: Thank you for the copy of the photo your art teacher took of you that formed the basis for your self-portrait, complete with grid lines. When you look at them side by side, what do you see? How are they different? What pleases you, or doesn't?

JK: Well, there are always little things that I look back and think I could change; however, I am pretty pleased overall with everything on this piece. More specifically I am pleased by my work on the intricate parts of the drawing that required a lot of little details. Now I could go on critiquing myself on things I could change in this, but I like to focus on the things that I did very well on which makes me very pleased with this drawing.

JB: Makes sense to me. Let's go in another direction. You've gotten quite good at this by now. But what got you started in the first place and how young were you when you realized that you liked drawing?

JK: Well there's no specific age I can think of, I just know that I have really enjoyed drawing since I was pretty young. My dad introduced me to drawing and we would do that together. Also in school, art has always been one of my favorite classes dating back to kindergarten but even before that I remember always liking drawing.

JB: Here's another piece of your artwork, Jaxon. Tell us what we're looking at, when you did it and anything else you'd like to share.

Night Sky in chalk by Jaxon, January, 2017
Night Sky in chalk by Jaxon, January, 2017
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JK: This was a piece I did a couple of years ago which I really like not only because I think I did really well on for using a different medium other than pencil, but also because I am very satisfied with how this one turned out. This was done with different colors of chalks that I found very interesting when blending them to make the sky.

JB: It's a nice one. The sky is so luminous it looks like the Northern Lights. How is using chalk different? What are the challenges? Was this an assignment or did you just decide to do it on your own?

JK: This was also done for school; we were assigned to create whatever we wanted using chalk. Chalk is a pretty messy medium which makes it a little tricky when trying to blend since it can go all over. It is pretty different from pencils in terms of blending and the different things you can do with chalk in order to create your art. I personally like chalks because unlike graphite pencils, used in my self portrait, the many colors available for chalks allow for me to make pictures like this.

JB: How about one more, Jaxon? What else have you got for us?

Jaxon's Mandala, colored pencils and markers, February, 2016
Jaxon's Mandala, colored pencils and markers, February, 2016
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JK: This is a piece of mine done a few years ago using a mandala style. This is where everything drawn on one side of the circle is symmetrical to the other side. I really enjoyed creating this piece because I could really just freestyle on it and include a lot of colors and designs on it. On this, I used colored pencils, markers and sharpies which was cool because I could use multiple things to make this rather than simply pencils or chalks in my other two pieces shown. I started by drawing the different sections and then from there I just let my creativity run and drew and colored all sorts of designs and shapes.

JB: I like it! It's really vibrant and strong! Many questions. Did it take a long time to do? It's very meticulously done. Did you have an idea of where you were going with it before you got started and was it what you expected when you were done? Also, give our readers a sense of the size of it. It's hard to tell when just looking at the image.

JK: This one did not take a very long time, probably about a week or so which is a pretty good time frame given the size of it. It is pretty large it's about a foot and a half vertically and horizontally. Beginning this, I did have a general idea of what I was going to do on it such as where I would draw certain things and section it off. Other than that, I just drew whatever came to mind and kept adding more and more shapes and colors to it which was really fun to do. It was what I expected when I finished and I expected very bright, intricate and creative results from it and I believe I did that.

JB: I concur! I'm wondering what you do with all your artwork once you're finished. Do you hang it all up? Or do you put it away and never think about it again? You must have quite a collection by now.

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