I’ve been doodling ever since I can remember. At first, it was drawing my favorite characters: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Percy Jackson. There was just always something magical about trying to bring the words on the page to life. Now, at sixteen years old, I’ve continued my love for sketching through drawing lessons, school art electives, and similar courses such as art history.
Like most, I started with the basics: still-life paintings, dabbling in abstract drawings, studying the works of Van Gogh and Picasso. Since then, I’ve discovered my own style and I’ve realized that my passion lies in portraits and my medium of choice is mainly colored pencils.
There’s something uniquely challenging about drawing human beings. A shadow across the eyes, the placement of the highlights, seemingly simple aspects of your drawing can shift the mood of your piece entirely.
Trying to capture the complexity of human emotion into a 2D drawing is extremely difficult, but I’ve come to realize that there’s something special in trying to achieve that. This exhibition is a collection of various portraits of all types of people.
Trisha Dasgupta is a rising junior at Liberty High School who has a passion for art, journalism, and debate. She writes a weekly column about politics and pop culture called Monday’s with Ms. Marvel for her school newspaper, where she also serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In addition to her love for journalism, Trisha is the president of her school’s Model United Nations club, an organization that helps high schoolers learn about global issues and teaches useful skills like debate, cooperation, and diplomacy. She hopes to one day work for either the ACLU or the United Nations as a human rights lawyer. When she’s not writing or debating you can find her listening to Taylor Swift or the Bleachers.