By JILLIAN GREEN
There are many young artists, with big dreams and big plans for the future. Freshman Seth Battenschlag is one of them, he plans on taking his talent to the big screen as his style grows. Battenschlag has worked hard to improve his drawing talents over the years, and has been recognized by his friends and family as an incredibly skilled artist.
Battenschlag had first started to draw when he was “probably about four years old.” Although his style has changed greatly from when he first started out, his commitment to his dream has allowed his drawings to be exceptional in skill. He is a self-taught artist and interestingly, has not had any drawing classes prior to this year. Most of Battenschlag’s current works has appealed to his personal interests, as well as his inspirations from other artists. One of Battenschlag’s greatest inspirations is Tim Burton, who is well known for his peculiarly freakish style. Several of Battenschlag’s pieces reflects Burton’s creepy works, and most of his own drawings have the same effect. Besides Tim Burton, Battenschlag finds himself drawing, “a lot of kind of dark, twisted kind of stuff. Less humans, more animals and dinosaurs.” Battenschlag takes ideas from current shows like Stranger Things or old ones like Jurassic Park and integrates them into his drawings. Many of Battenschlag’s pieces can be found on his Instagram page, @p_h_i_l_0_s_0_r_a_p_t_o_r where he features his favorite artwork that he has done throughout his artistic journey. Battenschlag’s hard work and dedication to his dream has been rewarded by the recognition he gets both online and around campus.
Battenschlag hopes to go beyond his Instagram page and pursue a career at Silicon Graphics Incorporated(SGI) where he would be able to draw concept art and fully express his creativity for characters in movies he would be able to create. He said, “I want to do the SGI for movies, so when they’re doing the fiftieth Jurassic Park, I’ll be drawing up concepts for the dinosaurs.” Battenschlag would like gain money from his artwork throughout his high school career, when he has enough pieces to sell. For now, Battenschlag continues working on and improving his artwork and style.
Battenschlag has come a long way with his art. As he continues on with his high school career, Battenschlag plans on working to become a SGI artist and concept artist in Hollywood. He encourages other aspiring artists to work towards their goals and said, “follow your dreams. It doesn’t matter what you are trying to present or convey in your artwork, as long as you have fun with it.” If students are interested in seeing more of Battenschlag’s works, they can view his artwork on his Instagram page @p_h_i_l_0_s_0_r_a_p_t_o_r.
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