I’m a local, born and raised in Oakland. Pretty much everyone I grew up with was interested in one of two things: sports or being a rapper. But my interests went in a different direction: art.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love Disney films. Seeing The Lion King for the first time, I was infatuated with how realistic and relatable the characters were. I began mimicking my favorite ones on paper, from Simba to SpongeBob, and creating new ones of my own.
Drawing consumed me. I spent all of my time filling pages with character designs and ideas.
Luckily, my parents realized just how passionate I was and put me in all kinds of art and animation programs. Every summer, I had something to do.