South Mississippi teenager’s love for art turns into digital creations

South Mississippi teenager’s love for art turns into digital creations

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Paint brushes, colored pencils, markers, and various colors on a color wheel are some of the typical things we all think of when we think of artwork.

Ebony Samuels, a 15-year-old Gulfport High student, traded all of that in for a digital drawing pad and computer, exploring what the digital world has to offer artists.

“At first, I would do sketches on paper and stuff, then my mom got me a tablet,” said Ebony. “Ever since then, I’ve just been drawing. I’ve been drawing digitally to try and perfect it and get it better and now I’m here.”

Ebony Samuels, a 15-year-old Gulfport High student, traded all of that in for a digital drawing pad and computer, exploring what the digital world has to offer artists.
Ebony Samuels, a 15-year-old Gulfport High student, traded all of that in for a digital drawing pad and computer, exploring what the digital world has to offer artists. (Source: WLOX)

Ebony is an artist that creates whatever comes to mind all from her computer using her digital drawing pad.

“I’m like super spontaneous,” said Samuels.” If you look at my Instagram it’s kind of a little bit all over the place. Before I use to draw like every day no matter what it was but now I’m like I just wait for to be struct by inspiration.”

She says all her work is done from scratch that often times take several hours. “It gets up to like five, six hours because I guess it gets more complex as you get better.”

After completing a four month program with the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Ebony was invited to showcase her work at the museum alongside other artists.

“We worked on five pieces over the course of four months,” she said. “Basically, it’s like they things how to get better at your art,” she said. “They teach you how to sell your art so you can do galleries in the future or just become an artist-entrepreneur.”

Ebony said it takes consistency and patience to master this kind of work with an eye for creativity.

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“I’m okay at actual painting but it’s definitely super different because you have to mix colors,” she said. “You have a limited amount of that color if you don’t mix enough then you’re doomed. But with digital it’s like a different mindset you have to be in to do the painting process.”

Ebony hopes to one day have a seat at the table with comic book artists, eventually turning her hobby into a career. In the meantime, she will continue working and growing her audience on YouTube.

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