Artist Spotlight: Pamela Patino
Pamela Patino is a VAHS Senior. She has been doing art since 1st grade, but “didn’t start getting serious about it until middle school”. She mostly does digital pieces using Procreate, Sketches Pro, and MediBang Paint. She describes her style as “a mix of western animation and japanese animation. I’m inspired by a lot of anime”, and one of her artistic inspirations is DemizuPosuka on Instagram for their manga and illustrations. “I really like focusing on expressions, it makes my art more dynamic. I like making my own original characters and character designing, and putting a little story into it if I can. If I’m not doing that, I do fanart. I like to apply a lot of cuteness, the cute factor, you know. A lot of my coloring especially has a lot of pink in it because I like pink.” When asked if COVID-19 has impacted her in the context of art, she said: “definitely. Because of COVID I was able to challenge myself a bit. I draw more than when we did have regular school. I’ve noticed a change since this year started when I scroll back and see my artwork from like 2019, now it’s so different because I’ve been drawing so much.” Art is an enormous part of her life. “It’s the one thing I can confidently be good at. Art’s just a thing that’s been supporting me all through my life.” Pam’s advice to new artists is “don’t limit yourself on what to draw, like draw whatever and have fun doing it. If you’re drawing something you’re not interested in you probably won’t learn much. Take time to have fun with your art because then it will surely start to change as time goes by.” She does hope to pursue art in the future, possibly in the form of freelancing and/or animation.