By Emma Uible.
Beginning with a sketchpad in seventh grade, freshman Natalie Lucas began drawing just to “try it out” after seeing other classmates experimenting with art. What began as simply drawing in a sketchbook transformed into a forte for Lucas, testing out different art medias and becoming recognized for her artwork.
Lucas began drawing and posting pictures of her art on the website deviantART.com, a community where people can post and comment on their artwork. Lucas describes the environment on deviantART as supportive, and as she began drawing and posting her artwork, she would continue to modify her art techniques based on what others had to say. As she continued to explore her own artistic abilities though deviantART, Lucas began to refine her skills and eventually she branched out from pencil drawing to watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and acrylic paints.
Most artists are stimulated by an image or instillation, whereas Lucas says her artwork is inspired mostly by music. “Sometimes I just put my pen to paper and just am inspired while listening,” said Lucas, who often listens to artists like Florence and the Machine and punk rock artists while making art. Lucas said the lyric poetry of the music inspires her, instead of pop music, “which is just party, party, Miami,” said Lucas. Currently Lucas is working on a series of paintings where she envisions a person that represents the music she’s listening to, and then paints that person.
Although Lucas had received positive accolades on her artwork, she realized her own talent after her mother praised her watercolor painting of a woman. “It’s always really difficult to impress her,” said Lucas about her mother, “the positive response really inspired me.”
Currently in art teacher Jason Knarr’s Drawing class, Lucas describes his class as the “best art class she has ever taken.” Having received no formal training, classes at Seven Hills pose a unique opportunity for Lucas to draw with a group of people. “By nature art is a very introverted process, but the class is a really fun environment to be around people who share similar interests,”said Lucas about Knarr’s Drawing class.
Lucas describes art as a personal process and “healthy dialogue” with herself, but positive responses to artwork are just as important for her: “Hearing what other people have to say—that’s what keeps me going.”
Although Lucas sees art as a necessary her, artwork for Lucas is nothing more than a hobby. Rather, Lucas’ dream is to combine her love of writing and artwork to write and illustrate her own novel. Right now, she said she is “really into cartooning,” so for her challenge project Lucas would like to produce her own graphic novel.