The Downey Legend

Artist of the Month: Stolichnaya Duque

Lily Nguyen, Writer, Comic Artist

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Fresh out of middle school and starting her high school journey, freshman Stolichnaya “Sam” Duque uses a classic pencil and eraser to create art. Duque specializes in drawing anime fanart and her own original characters.


Duque started in a humble beginning, and was originally inspired by her friend.


“My friend back in 3rd grade used to draw anime; I got into anime because of her. I asked her if she could teach me how to draw anime,” Duque stated, “As the years went by, I started to teach myself.”


Now, she is inspired by various medias such other artists and anime. She taught herself through various sources on the internet, including websites like YouTube. Duque gives out advice anyone can follow when asked about how to grow as an artist.


“Draw everyday. I regret not drawing everyday more,” Sam said, “Before doing any stylized drawings, draw more realistic drawings and learn the rules.”


Duque likes to balance the fundamentals of art with her ideas.


“You need technique so you know what you’re doing,” Duque said. “Draw what you have in mind. Get it out of your mind. Unleash your creativity.”


Duque has passion for art, but her true love lies in the medical field.


“I want to be a doctor,” Sam said. “I got inspired by my grandma, who is a nurse, to be a doctor.”


To her, art is a hobby. Right now, Sam is working simply on improving her skills and knowledge as an artist through art classes on campus and on her own time. Sam Duque has a bright future ahead of her, whether it be in the art field or the medical field.

About the Contributors
Lily Nguyen, Comic Artist
As the lead comic artist for the Downey Legend this 2018-19 school year, sophomore Lily-Jane Nguyen hopes to use her outgoing nature along with her unnerving drive to further the newspaper and her peers.  “[I feel] a lot of pressure,” Nguyen said. “If they need me to teach, I will do my best… I’ve gained mileage.”
Hector Diaz, Photographer
Playing video games and watching anime for the past 5 years, Hector Diaz, 12, spends the majority of his time online, to enjoy new games and binge watch animes.  “Video games are fun and they help relieve stress,” Diaz said. “You’re able to play with your friends and have new experiences.”
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