Animation has always been a part of every child’s life. From Disney to Nickelodeon, most everyone loves their fair share of animated cartoons and/or movies. My interest in animation was sparked while watching Naomi Tekuchi’s Sailor Moon a late afternoon after school. The animation was bright, exciting, and meaningful, rather than it being a normal animated show used to keep children entertained for a half hour. I discovered later on that that particular genre of animation was from Japan and called anime. I started to view more anime as time went on and became inspired by the works of Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D, Final Fantasy), Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ?, Maison Ikkoku, Inu Yasha), Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball), Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy), and Hayao Miyazaki (Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away). Their styles were distinctive and did not run together like so many of the other anime and manga (Japanese Comic Book) artists. This is why I strived to develop my own unique style. I want to further develop original characters and animated series and eventually own a production company. I want to bring smile to faces young and old with my works. My inspiration comes from the anime type of animation because so much emotion can be conveyed. A staple in Japanese animation is that the characters have such large eyes. A person’s eyes are usually the center of conveying emotions without words. Because of this, I’ve incorporated that factor into my own drawings. A quote from a popular anime called Pilot Candidate states, “For those with wings, fly to your dreams…” I am determined to accomplish my goals and dreams because I believe my skill, tenacity, and faith are those wings on which I will fly to new heights in a successful career in animation.
Biography: Monye’ Debreal Dawson was born on October 20th, 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended the Good Shepard Christian Academy, a private school, until the fifth grade where she attended her first year of public schooling at Rufus E. Payne Elementary. She completed her middle school education at James Weldon Johnson where she participated in the band during seventh and eighth grade. She continued to play her flute throughout high school at Stanton College Preparatory, which held the position as being the number one school in the entire nation. She participated in the Stanton Marching, Concert and Symphonic bands and held many leadership positions such as Flute Section Leader, Head of the Quartermaster Staff, and Captain of the Majorette Squad. She also participated in the Stanton Multicultural Club and completed over two hundred hours of community service her senior year helping students prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test as well as various school subjects, painting murals for Downtown Jacksonville in preparation for Super Bowl XXXIX, instructing the next year’s squad of Stanton majorettes, and mentoring high school underclassmen. Along with volunteering around her community, she was a contestant in the Miss Teen Jacksonville Pageant as well. She was a semifinalist and had the opportunity to compete for the Miss Teen Florida title in Orlando, Florida. Currently, Monye’ is a sophomore at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia. She is a Visual Art major with a minor in Business Administration and is on the Dean’s list She will obtain her BFA in the fall of 2008 and will continue on to receive her MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design with a concentration in animation and sequential art. She is employed at EB Games as a gaming sales associate. Her duties are to help customers choose the perfect game to purchase based on the game play and most importantly to her and her major, the graphics and animation. Her hobbies include playing the flute, baton twirling, and reading.
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