BIO: Adriana Hawkins is a senior IB student at Parkdale High School. Between balancing AP and IB classes, she likes to read books and work on future art projects. Her passion for creating has lead her to pursue visual art as a career. Adriana will attend Maryland Institute College of Art to study Film and Video in the fall of 2015.
Define Visual Artist? A visual artist is “anyone” who creates visual art.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? I can draw inspiration from literally anything. I tend to just look around whatever area I’m in to get ideas. A single line or color somewhere can be the basis of an entire piece.
What inspired you to draw? Before high school I wasn’t particularly interested in art but once I started to take art classes freshman year, I realized that it was something I really enjoyed and wanted to continue.
Why is what you do important? It’s important because art is an outlet. You can communicate ideas and opinions through art; you can get out your frustrations and express yourself just by creating something. I think it’s very important to have something like that in our lives because some people aren’t always able to convey their thoughts to other people and being creative is a way to do that.
What do you think is the most important tool for a Visual Artist? Definitely a pencil because everything you do starts out with a sketch.
What advice do you have for someone that wants to be a Visual Artist? Do not, do not, do not compare yourself to other artists. I cannot stress enough how important that is. Comparing your work to other artists can make you lose confidence in your own work and I can say from experience that that is not a good feeling. Just do what you feel is right and what makes you happy.
What is an interesting fact about you? I crochet and am currently creating a scarf making business. So, if you or anyone you know would like a custom homemade scarf just send me an email. I’m also a Girl Scout and will be taking orders for Girl Scout cookies in December.
Where are you from / Where do you live? I was born in D.C. and I live in Lanham, MD.