Students Daniel Ortiz and Elliot Cintron express themselves best through art

When people think of art, they envision paintings, vivid brushstrokes of color that invoke some sort of emotion that remind them of their past, or where they want their future to go, but art is more than that. It is an expression of one’s soul; the swirling storm of who one is, which is pushed out of one’s head and into the hands through a medium.

Art is not just any one thing. It is a movement and a lifestyle that takes on multiple forms, rather than just painting. People find art in everything they do-through the pencil, the paintbrush, a wad of clay, a roll of fabric, even the keys of a computer- by channelling their artistic energies  from the inspiration around them to create worlds with just simple strokes of a brush. But what is it that brings out this energy in people? Senior Daniel Ortiz, who frequently draws manga characters, found inspiration among his fellow classmates.

“[It started] last year in spanish [when] I saw my friend Jamar finish up a drawing,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz expresses a huge love for drawing and plans to go into a career in animation with Rooster Teeth, a production company. He has no formal training and the skills he picked up were on his own time, showing true promise for his dreams when he graduates.

Inspiration comes from anyone and anything but that’s only the start of an amazing talent. When looking at a piece, a surge of emotion goes through us, and we become curious to know more about it. Most viewers feel like they know the artist or want to get to know them, but that feeling can come at anytime. For instance, you walk down the street and see a mural spraypainted on a stone wall in which the subject is targeted against the government that provokes an emotion that questions authority. Whatever creates this feeling it is most likely only a fraction of what the artist felt when designing the piece.

It can be said that creativity is the spark, but it is emotion that is the kindling for forging a masterpiece. Sophomore Elliot Cintron is a pained artist who has been affected by art dramatically.

“It’s(drawing) that brought me a lot self esteem and helped me through a lot of issues,” Cintron said.

Cintron faces a lot of strife in his life and has found art to be his outlet to it all. His artwork is very sharp and jagged and all of it is has been self- taught through the help of some internet tutorials. The other thing that makes Cintron’s works special is the due to the fact that he is color blind. He has trouble with differentiating colors, since the hues often switch on him. However, despite this handicap, he still draws with the same confidence and passion as any other artist. Although, Cintron says he is going into law enforcement after he graduates college, he says that he will keep drawing as a hobby.

When looking at a drawing, don’t just stare at the lines on the page, look between them at the message the artist left behind. Try to understand it a little bit more than just a pencil and a paper meeting, and interpret what it means to the artist.