By Julian Flores
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” said George Bernard Shaw.
Similar to Shaw, sophomore Abraham Munoz expresses his creativity onto paper based off his emotions, epiphanies, and imaginativeness.
“My emotions are the key driving force for my drawings,” said Munoz. “Every piece has had some sort of emotional inspiration or brought up some idea that I am emotionally attached to.”
His unique, conceptual artwork includes cartoon characters, marine life, and abstract figures and shapes.
“My art style may be a little weird and out of the blue but that’s what makes it special because you may not have seen anything like it before,” said Munoz.
“I want to be able to give people that wow factor and amazement when they see my drawings because I like making things that people have never seen or even imagined.”
Munoz also considers emotion to be the most important factor in his drawings because they can either add flavor to his ideas or simply ruin them.
Another aspect that is vital to him is the color scheme he decides on. He gets those ideas from his surrounding environment and sometimes even from objects on television. After the creative juices start to flow, Munoz immediately gets his hands on a piece of paper and begins to draw.
A lot of his motivation to draw comes from his childhood.
“To tell you the truth, I have always loved art ever since I can remember,” said Munoz. “When I was little, I would spend hours tracing, copying or drawing crazy little things every time I had the chance to.”
Tracing pictures from SpongeBob coloring books, coloring in dinosaurs, and constant doodling has helped mold Munoz into the artist he is today.
His mother and older cousin Alex introduced him to art. When Munoz was a child, the two of them used to tell him stories of their past experiences with drawing, and also sit down and draw with him. However, the real credit goes to his high school teacher Teri Henghold for teaching him the fundamentals in art and showing him to make his drawings come alive by detailing them.
With aspirations of being accepted into the graphic design program at Cal Poly Pomona, Munoz plans to improve as an artist, intern, display his art in galleries, and hopes to one day become a full time artist.
“This is something I have to pursue as a career because it is something I love and something I can spend endless hours doing,” said Munoz. “I feel that I can change people’s lives with my crazy art style.”