Budding Anime Artist

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Crystal Lin is a sophomore at San Gabriel Mission High School.

by Jo Anne Disney

San Gabriel

Crystal Lin is a sophomore at San Gabriel Mission High School. Her dream is to become an Anime artist, designing games and decorative sculptors. In looking at her drawings and paintings, she is well on her way to realizing that dream.
Crystal was born in Zhejiang, China which is close to Shanghai. She has been in the U.S. since 2012. Her interest in drawing began when she was only 3 years old. Crystal loved to draw all kinds of fish. So her mother decided to enroll her in art classes. Crystal’s art has been greatly influenced by one of her favorite artists, Hoshino Katsura, a Japanese Anime artist who draws the D. Gray-man comic.  This Gothic-style of art is what Crystal loves to draw. She explains that some of the scenes are strange and mix in fantasy. Crystal thinks that some people think she is a dark person because she likes to draw Gothic scenes, including cats and vampire bats. But she says, “I am just a quiet person.” She credits her art teachers with helping her draw well. “My first teacher was my mom,” Crystal says. But she believes that her art teachers at SGMHS have helped her as well. Mr. Christopher Landinguin “helped me come up with ideas for my 2D art projects.” Mrs. Eugenia Heilweil “taught me very interesting techniques, including small illusions, pencil and charcoal techniques, watercolor techniques, pastels as well as composition and still life” which have greatly enhanced her artistic skills. According to Mrs. Heilweil, “The first time I saw Crystal Lin’s art, I told myself, ‘What a natural talent. We have an amazing talent on our hands!’ Using three main colors: red, black and white, sometimes combined with yellow and blue, which enrich the already luxurious details of the paintings, Crystal’s gothic style fantasy paintings become alive. The two color checkmate pattern repetitions of her paintings are rich in detail, which create the specific atmosphere and the drama of her gothic like stories. It’s almost a novel whose finale doesn’t quite come, and leaves you anticipating more.”
Mrs. Heilweil went on to say that, “using mostly markers as a medium, the shapes, the textures and the colors of Crystal Lin’s artwork emphasize moods and feelings in an abstract way. All her strokes and designs are well placed and promote one deep idea and the struggle of an artist to find herself. Techniques of perspective are used to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional painting. We never stop admiring Crystal’s work as we wonder and anticipate what will come next from this very talented young lady.”  Upon graduation, Crystal hopes to attend the New York School of Art or the California Art Center.

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