Anime, Comics, and Art

Star BlazersDuring the 80’s, I grew up watching cartoons such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Transformers and Robotech, just to name a few. At the time I had no idea that they were anime, but I was drawn to the art style and quality of animation. I was also exposed to comic books from my brothers and my brother-in-law, who were avid readers and collectors. I would often read whatever they had, which was mostly Marvel Comics like X-Men, Thor, Avengers, and Wolverine, from what I remember. My brother, Daniel, was the one who inspired me to start drawing. He was also into drawing, and often drew sketches of his favorite Marvel hero, Thor. Aside from my attempts at drawing your typical Sunday morning comic strip characters like Snoopy and Garfield, I’d say my first doodles were of the Ninja Turtles during my elementary school days. I found it enjoyable to draw because they were comic book characters just like my brother drew. Also, because they were turtles it was a bit easier to deal with since it was less muscle structure to learn, with the shell over their torso and all. I drew them as sort of a hybrid of the television show and the comic/toy. Unfortunately I don’t have any of those doodles on hand, but I went ahead and drew one again for the sake of this post. (It is also one of my first drawings using a tablet, so excuse the roughness). Needless to say, with the popularity of the show, I also gained a bit of a reputation amongst my peers. I was asked to draw pictures of them for my classmates, which I did. That probably kept me from being bullied or picked on much because aside from my drawing, I was just a quiet and shy kid. Continue reading “Anime, Comics, and Art”