Most people only doodle on the side of their homework or try to draw the best stick figure because that’s all they think they’ll will ever accomplish. However, when Elizabeth Avila saw her sister’s anime drawings for the first time in the 7th grade, she was hooked.
“You know when you’re younger and have the same interests as your siblings?” Avila said, “It started like that.”
Being competitive, she practiced and practiced so she could someday draw something as good, or even better, than her sister. According to Carl E. Pickhardt on the At Health website, the more similarities between siblings there are, (i.e gender, interests, age) the more likely it is to have sibling dominance (or siblings being competitive).
“I hated how I couldn’t do as much as her,” Avila admitted. “I wanted to prove to myself that she wasn’t better than me.”
Avila’s drawings didn’t always turn out the way she wanted them to when she first started drawing. Even though she tried so hard and put in so much effort into every picture.
“I remember trying to draw a person, but it ended up looking like a potato!” Avila said trying to hold back a laugh.
Avila’s least favorite drawing is her potato-human drawing. On the other hand, her favorite drawing is a school art project. It was Halloween themed with zombies looking for brains and mummies trying to find their way back to their coffins.
When it comes to drawing, most people might think that if you don’t start drawing like Leonardo Da Vinci at a very young age then you will never be able to draw something as great as the Mona Lisa. According to Luann Udell at the Word Press website, all you need is the passion for art. Everything else is acquired, you have to learn the techniques.
“I felt amazed that I could draw more than stick figures,” Avila revealed.
Elizabeth has that passion for art. A passion that just won’t quit. She has a notebook full of anime drawings with a specific story behind each and everyone of them.With a twinkle in her eye and a smirk on her face that could be recognized by anyone (no matter how much she denied it) that she was proud of her art.
“Drawing is my escape from reality,” Avila declared.