Alisha Vo Centenary State High School
My Character Development Drawing
A series of four black ink drawings on watercolour paper


“My Character Development” explores what impacts me; advancements, culture, relationships and passion. My art portrays my story. 'My Character Development' is narrative terminology; a process of giving characters depth and personality. The monochrome palette references to Japanese Manga, a form of visual-storytelling that inspires me. Details draw focus, forcing people to contemplate a story behind the assemblage of images. Line-weight suggest depth, encouraging illusions of animated worlds. Diverse lines creates forms - malleableness to people, structure to buildings. Non-solid objects defy gravity, forming movement. Consistency links the artworks into a complete story of “My Character Development”.


I was inspired by introspection. Each piece is like a separate universe co-existing in my life. ‘My Character Development’ was communicated through layering personal memories, illustrated through symbolic imagery, in complex scenic compositions. Planning was vital. Before beginning the final artworks, every detail had been designed multiple times. How to depict memories and built the setting was already contemplated. Redrawing and refining the same image - as minuscule as one line - to portray the exact emotion and visuals I envisioned. Reference photos was crucial to capture the likeliness of every objects and person, collecting 563 photos.


Alisha Vo

After high school, I want to explore the world of animation. Illustrations is one method of storytelling but I want to learn how else I could tell stories, possibly delving into music and film in the future too. As a kid, I was horrible at reading so I came to appreciate visual methods of conveying knowledge and emotions. I have improved in reading and enjoy writing but that appreciation of storytelling is still here. I wish to further understand the many stories life can tell and convey them to a wider audience.