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Fred Chao, professional artist and illustrator, and author of Johnny Hiro stopped by our school today to talk with students about what it takes to be an artist. He touched on themes of perseverance, taking risks, and putting yourself out there. He spoke about how so many diverse endeavors (writing, drawing, painting, sketching theater acting, magazine design) contribute to his comic creation ability. It was interesting to hear him mention that his education did not do enough to prepare him with the marketing and promotional skills he would need to be successful.
One of the points that I hope students take away is the importance of updating a blog as a way of keeping people in the know about what you are working on, and having an online portfolio of your work to be able to show people.