I am a junior secondary student, and my interests are somewhat different from my peers. Most of my classmates collect flash cards and posters of K-pop stars, or listen to K-pop music. I listen to music, too, but I also enjoy writing, acting and drawing.
When it comes to drawing, I am rather unconventional. I don’t draw anime girls, but rather a simple, ordinary stick figure, or “Matchman”. It’s like a round object stuck onto a wooden pole. However, without hair or clothing, it doesn’t look like a human, so I started drawing a more natural object called “Saturnman”. I called it an extraterrestrial being because it is a simplified version of the Matchman. I have been drawing Saturnman for six years, since it is very easy to sketch.
Even though I had learned to draw while in kindergarten and primary school, I actually didn’t improve a lot, so I thought I wouldn’t be able to achieve my goal of becoming an animator. My family encourages my drawing, but I don’t get much support from my classmates. The reason is that they draw pretty, lifelike anime girls. There’s a big distance now between us, because their drawings are sophisticated whereas my sketches are simple and ordinary.
Whenever I show my drawings to my classmates, I receive a barrage of criticism and laughter. The nicer classmates teach me how to draw anime girls, but the others say that I should stop drawing because it’s a waste of time.
I produced the video, Colourful Pencils, to show that I have the courage to tell my story. I have no problem showing the video to my classmates because I want them to know that my skills go beyond drawing. Rather, I am like the anime girls they draw – full of vibrancy and vitality
Edited by M. J. Premaratne