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“Be mindful of what you consume visually every day.”: Monica Ahanonu, Catapult Artist for April 2020
“I try and represent many types of beauty to show that everyone is beautiful in their own way.”
Monica Ahanonu: For me, being an artist, the way I am currently, wasn’t something that came early in life. One thing that has always stuck out to me are words a classmate had said to me in the sixth grade. I spent the entire class period drawing a children’s book. Afterward, I read it to her. While laughing out loud at my wild drawings, she said, “I swear, when you get older you’re going to be doing this for a living.”
While I was an intern, I received a lot of positive reactions to my illustrations and color combinations that I thought were things that everyone naturally understood how to do. This really helped me fully believe that my interests in becoming an artist professionally were valid and possible.
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