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Drawing her whole life, senior Fallon Buckner hope to become an art teacher. "I want to become certified to be a first grade teacher as well as an art teacher," Buckner said. "I believe you need a lot of creativity to engage children and teach them things so they will want to learn."

Fallon Buckner

Grade: 12th
Future College: University of North Texas
Future Job: Elementary school teacher

Wingspan: How long have you been sketching?

Buckner: “I’ve been drawing my whole life. I love drawing and I don’t really know when I started. I just know that it’s always been something I’ve done.”

Wingspan: How did you get into sketching?

Buckner: “I used to see cartoons and draw them, and it sparked me to want to draw my own cartoons and characters.”

Wingspan: What types of sketches do you usually do/ like to do?

Buckner: “I usually like to do more cartoon based sketches or sketches based on black culture. I do realistic art sometimes but not all the time.”

Wingspan: Is it something you taught yourself or came naturally to you?

Buckner: “It kind of came naturally. I never really taught myself, it just progressively got better but I think I still have a lot to learn.”

Wingspan: What other types of art forms do you like to do?

Buckner: “I like to paint and sew. I love creating whole bodies of work on wood or odd things to paint on like jeans.”

Wingspan: Do you have to have a certain type of vibe or mood to sketch?

Buckner: “Not really sometimes the best art I make is when I sketch in a notebook during class. Sitting and creating full blown artwork takes time and patience but sometimes simple doodles are the prettiest.”

Wingspan: How do you express yourself through art?

Buckner: “I believe I express my own features and personality through my artwork. I love creating characters with flaws because I love natural flaws that make art unique and make people unique and I believe showcasing that is important.”

Wingspan: Have you considered implementing sketching and drawing into your future career?

Buckner: “Yes, I am majoring in primary education because I want to become certified to be a first grade teacher as well as an art teacher. I believe you need a lot of creativity to engage children and teach them things so they will want to learn.”

Wingspan: What inspires your art?

Buckner: “African American culture really inspires my work especially hairstyles and facial features that predominantly people of color have. I believe it has been taught to us that western beauty standards are normal but I choose to focus on the beauty of those who are different as well as western culture. Highlighting the beauty of women and men of color to imposter them motivates most of my artwork.”

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