Welcome, Naomi! What is your mission?
My mission is to raise money for the African Library Project. The African Library Project coordinates book drives in the United States and partners with African schools and villages to start small libraries. 1000 books + $500 and some elbow grease is all it takes to create a library in Africa. I will send 15% of the proceeds of purchases from my Etsy shop LittleAndoverGirl to the African Library Project.
Thank you so much for jazzing up this site with color, creativity, and the perfect vision of how I hope everyone will ‘Carrie’ On. How did you create the illustration featured here on Carrie On...Together?
Well, to start, I brainstormed ideas and came up with a sketch of children reading and holding hands around the Earth. I tried to make them all different from one another, but still look like they were friends. I took a picture of the drawing with my mother's nice camera. I e-mailed myself the picture, then created a Microsoft Paint document and went over the entire sketch adding color and a couple of minor changes.
When did your journey as an artist begin?
I have been drawing my whole life. I got a little more serious about it when I was four and I won an art contest. The contest included children ages 2-5.
I don't have a favorite, but two that enjoy working with right now are watercolor pencil and pen and ink. I like that there are so many ways to use watercolor pencils. I have been experimenting with that a lot lately. The pen and ink style is interesting to me because you cannot shade with it, creating a different kind of look.
Where do you get your ideas?
I get inspiration from my surroundings and other art. I like to go to places like art museums, where I can come up with new ideas or projects.
What do you do regularly to sharpen your artistic skills?
I practice different techniques such as pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, watercolor pencil, or pastel.
What would you recommend for other kids that are interested in art?
Practice. I feel that my artistic skills have improved a lot from when I was younger because I practiced. Try different techniques and styles, and see which ones work for you.
Thank you so much for being our first Artsy Kid, Naomi! Keep up the great work and you will continue to soar! You inspire us!
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