Kai Akira

Pelican's Playground, CA

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Kai here! Short story shorter, I'm an artist who aspires to become an animator. Here's a bit of my backstory: As a child, I was fanatically obsessed with cartoons, to put it mildly. I would go on stints drawing the same group of characters over and over, in different actions, poses and comics. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a cartoonist, but somewhere along the way I became completely absorbed in realism and representational art, focusing mostly on charcoal and oil paint portraits. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I finally remembered that stirring fire I once felt as a kid watching the Saturday Afternoon block. It was largely thanks to the brilliant animated Disney series Phineas and Ferb, a show that reminded me of the sheer optimism, originality and artistic aplomb that I aspire to create in my own animations one day. As of now, I aim to become an animator or storyboard artist in either video games or TV—then once I’m good and done with society and retire, I will spear-fish for the rest of my life.

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