Columbia Heights, Minnesota
By Jamie Coleman, iLander Staff Reporter
Columbia Heights High School now offers the Anime Manga Club, with a focus on the art of Japan, where you can express yourself through the art of drawing.
Heights tenth grader Abbie Danielson loves to draw anime cartoon characters. This is a place where she goes to meet new people that have similar interests to her.
“It is away of releasing emotions,” Danielson said. “It is also something that I love to do and hope to draw characters for video games someday.”
Anime is a style of Japanese animation that is influenced by Manga, which is a Japanese method for drawing that usually features characters with large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs, exaggerated facial expressions, and brush-stroked outlines. Some popular anime shows include Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z.
The different styles of pictures that she draws are what make her stand out the most and allow her to capture different emotions. Danielson is already preparing for her future. She has entered a drawing contest where young artists compete to show their art and different unique styles.
“I would love to win this competition because I believe that I can do it,” Danielson said. With a supportive family, she said, she is determined that her dreams will become reality one day.