“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” ― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
My name is Matt Asefaw and I am a 22 year old illustrator based in Mississauga, Ontario. I've been drawing since I was in kindergarten and have been inspired by art for as long as I can remember. My mission in my creative journey is to create pieces that capture the thoughts and feelings I have trapped in my head and further my experience and technical style I've developed over the years.
I decided to name my website "Firsts" because I feel that during the course of my stay at the Foundations Design Course, I've been doing a lot of things for the first time. Before George Brown, my artistic career had been limited to drawing on things I shouldn't be drawing on. I felt like I had the ability but I never tried to cultivate it in any way because I didn't think that art would take me anywhere. I was under the impression that art could only be a viable career option for those 13 year old contemporary proteges you'd sometimes see on TV. After I joined G108, I realized that I did in fact have some talent and for the first time, caught a glimpse of what I can do.
"I felt like I had the ability but I never tried to cultivate it in any way because I didn't think that art would take me anywhere."
This piece is one of my favorites because it was one of my first experiences with working purely with digital media (Adobe Illustrator). I remember the work process distinctly because It was one of the most difficult undertakings I had done thus far. The majority of the design portion was done in a trial-and-error style due to my limited amount of experience with Illustrator.