Huzzah! It is post #2 of the Sketch Blog reboot. For this instalment, I’m going to talk about why I’m in the game. For over a decade now, I’ve been creating content for kids and families. Not gonna lie… it’s a fun gig!
Now I do enjoy the day to day, but recently I came across the challenging idea of why I do this work rather than simply talking about what I do. For me, it comes down to a core belief that ultimately as content creators we are responsible for what we put out into the world. Art and culture help define who we are and it tells stories of our experience.
A big part of this is told through representation. In particular, kids look to characters or role models that give them someone to relate to and help them understand themselves. I think this is why I loved Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse so much.
I enjoy working with people who understand this thinking. A few years ago I had a chance to design some kid characters that represent this idea. Of those characters, I sketched up this girl named Olivia who is a paraplegic sledge hockey player. Some time passed, the project published, and then one day we get an email from a mother who was happy that her daughter, also named Olivia, saw herself in this character because she is also a paraplegic sledge hockey player.
In a world where bad news spreads much faster than good, it is people like this young lady who inspired me to do what I do.