2022 July/August Franklin Living
For Yoselin Reyes, soon to be a ninth grader, being able to spend time creating art is a lot of fun. The rising freshman from Belgreen has been drawing and painting for a year or two and said she tended to draw when she was bored.
“I draw when I feel like it. When I draw, I feel happy,” explained Yoselin, who added that she usually sketches her drawings in pencil and then traces them with markers.
She started painting around the same time she started drawing. “What I do most is draw, but I also like to paint in acrylics and watercolors. Friends at school see my drawings and ask me to draw things, and sometimes that’s how I try something new.
Yoselin said her favorite subjects to draw are anime characters. The anime character she likes to draw the most is Killua Zoldyck with spiky hair, but she also draws characters from the show “Demonslayer”.
“Listening to anime music while I work helps me focus, and I enjoy watching anime with my 12-year-old brother, Daniel Reyes,” she said. “We do art together sometimes.”
She also draws a variety of other subjects, including her favorite plant, cherry blossoms, and her favorite animals, horses, as well as animals like tigers and foxes.
Yoselin said she didn’t take any art classes at first, noting that she “just sketched randomly in school,” but when her brother Daniel started taking an art class at school, she asked one of her teachers if she could also take art classes.
“I went to art class once a week during school after that,” she said. “Hopefully I can do it again next year.” Her favorite art class project is an oil pastel imitating Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” “I knew a little about painting and had used oil pastels a bit before that,” Yoselin explained. “I like to experiment with different artistic techniques when I have the opportunity.”
She said she also likes to draw skulls with floral embellishments. “I google images to find things to practice drawing.”
Her mother, Veronica Reyes, expressed pride in her daughter’s work. “Yoselin surprised me. Her drawings are amazing and I’m so proud of her,” Reyes said. “We love working to inspire her with compliments and pushing her to do more, like drawing people’s faces. .”
Reyes said his daughter’s younger cousin loved his designs and always wanted to have one. “The whole family is proud of her and we offer her drawing challenges. She leaves us with our mouths hanging open when the last piece is finished.
Reyes said she didn’t know where her daughter had that talent. “It’s something special. Yoselin is really a great girl. She also helps a lot and is really responsible.
During her art classes, Yoselin drew a special portrait for one of her teachers, Susan Crittenden – of Crittenden’s son, Levi, with the 2021 Bobcats baseball blue card trophy. She said she had spent two to three weeks on this one – much longer than she usually spends on a drawing. “I enjoyed it,” she said. “It was a big challenge, and my teacher was happy about it. The drawing was a surprise for her son’s birthday, and she said he loved it and hung it in his room now.
Yoselin’s creativity doesn’t stop there. She also enjoys photography and crafts. “I want to thank everyone for their support of my drawings and paintings,” she added. “When I grow up I want to be a veterinarian and still do art. I have a lot of art projects that I want to try.
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