Student Spotlight: Saige Elms and Jasmine Godfrey, Visual Artists

Q: How long have you been drawing?
Elms: “Well, in general, maybe since preschool.”

Godfrey: “I’ve been drawing since I was little. I was always the kid every teacher thought was special because I was the kid that would draw the fingers on the hands instead of just a stick. So they were like ‘wow she has potential; look at her, she’s drawing extra lines,’ and then I just kept drawing.”

Q: Describe your art style.

Elms: “It varies, depending on what I work on and the vision I have in my head, although usually it turns out really cartoony even if I try to make it realistic.”

Godfrey: “It’s sort of cartoon realism. It’s not really cartoony or anime but it’s not super hyper-realistic. It’s sort of somewhere in between, it’s my own little thing.”

Q: What’s your favorite medium?

Elms: “I mean, I usually just do sketches, so maybe pencil, but for Instagram digital. Doing an art piece that turns out decently is the most fun. I feel like that’s the thing with most artists.”

Godfrey: “Pencil.”

Q: Who inspires you?

Elms: “When I was younger, Cartoon Network, mostly The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. That turned into Tim Burton, and now I think it’s probably just creepy things in general, like old fairy tales.”

Godfrey: “I don’t have an answer to that…”

Q: Do you want to pursue a profession in artistry?

Elms: “I want to either get into video game character design or animation design, like working on storyboards and stuff, but either or.”

Godfrey: “I haven’t really decided yet, but I think the closest thing I have right now is a tattoo artist because I’ve been drawing on people a lot in class lately, and they’ll be like, ‘Wow, this is really cool! I want this as a tattoo,’ and I’m like yeah, I’d be a tattoo artist. It would be really fun to make art that will live on through someone else as long they’re
alive.

Jasmine Godfrey (left) and Saige Elms (right). Photos by Ryx Zan