My Interview with The Artist

During the Winter vacation I was able to sit down with 14 year-old Joshua Hopkins to inquire information about what life is like as a 8th grade saxophonist, chess champion and talented artist. (The "*" denotes my questions to Mr. Hopkins.)

African American news from Pasadena - Youth Page - Joshua Hopkins interviewed* What grade are you in?

- Eighth grade, 14-years old.

* What do you enjoy and dislike the most about being in eighth grade?

- I enjoy my art class the most. It's the only class that I am able to draw in and there are other artists that encourage me and give me feedback.

* What are some of your favorite hobbies?

- Art, drawing, reading, and playing the alto saxophone.

* So I have heard you also play chess . . .

- I have been to Chess Camp and at camp we played several tournaments. In the tournaments I won second and third place. Also at school, my Chess Team won the Division Chess Tournament out of all the schools.

* So I can tell that art is a very large part of your life. What are some of your favorite things to draw?

- Different video game characters. My parents don't really like it, but I like to draw Anime and Manga style.

* What do you enjoy the most about art?

- Being able to create something from a piece of paper. I appreciate the constructive criticism that I get from my friends. It pushes me to get better. People don't notice the same mistakes that I notice. I am able to look [at] anything in my surroundings and deeply see the colors and lines that many people are unable to see.

- Also, at some point in 2014, I will be an art teacher for young people at the YMCA and they have asked me draw the logo for their teen center.

* Is there any advice that you could give other young artists?

- Don't just focus on one thing. Try to learn as many things and styles as possible, because if you want to be an artist in the future, it's best to have versatility. Challenge yourself on things you already know how to draw and continue to push yourself.



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