By Ali Kochik
“I was in --around kindergarten-- pretty much as soon as I could hold my pencil the right way, then I could draw,” Rhiannon Harbold said, eyes dancing, as she talked about the roots of her passion for art.
Harbold is a junior at Red Lion High School and has been a part of the National Art Honor Society since last school year. She has taken primarily two dimensional art classes in her high school career, such as Fundamentals, and Drawing and Painting. Next year she will be in Advanced Drawing and Painting, and will be in her first three dimensional art class, Ceramics.
Harbold began drawing at a young age, her primary interest being animals which she would sketch in crayon or colored pencils.
Upon her moving up to the first grade, Harbold realized she liked telling stories, but not in the conventional way that most children are encouraged to. Instead of writing out her stories in words, she utilized the art of comic strip designing, opting to create her stories and situations using art. By looking at professional comics, she would gain knowledge of layout and designs and model her strips the same way.
Her comics strips were brought onto a larger scale as of January of this year, when she designed a satirical comic on President Trump for The Leonid.
“Mr. Hopkins brought it up one day,” Harbold said, “and basically just said ‘The Leonid is looking for cartoonists’ and I thought, ‘This is my chance.’”
To make one of her comics, she freehands sketches out her basic idea first. After doing that, she takes a picture of it and puts it on her computer, where she uses a graphic tablet to outline and color it all in, making everything look neat, clean and professional.
Since her debut comic in January, she has produced two more comic strips which were published in last edition of The Leonid. So far she has had nothing but positive feedback.
“I like how our art students can have a place to publish their work,” Leonid advisor, Carol Kelkis said. “It allows other student voices to be heard, and I like Rhiannon’s work because it’s funny and well done.”
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