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Meet Chris Anderson AKA Onekind

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Anderson AKA Onekind.

Onekind, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It started with a combination of watching anime and being introduced to art when I was in 5th grade. I started drawing different Dragon Ball Z characters on TV as that was a big influence. Art became an escape from reality as I eventually started to realize what anxiety was. I found the more involved I got with art, the more it helped me overcome my anxiety and became a great outlet for me. During my senior year in high school, I applied to The Art Institute of Atlanta and had the opportunity to submit my portfolio in hopes of a scholarship. I ended up winning a $10,000 scholarship for 1st place to help put me through college. It was then I realized my art was good and winning was a boost to my confidence and that I could really get somewhere with art.

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, I wanted to gain experience by working for a company, which was a challenge but eventually became rewarding. Having constant support from family and friends, who have always been my biggest supporters, kept me focused on my goal. I have been able to stay in a creative mindset, using my passion for making a living, which has been my dream!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. Doing what you love when you’re younger is great. You can focus on art without a care in the world. As I got older and out on my own, paying my own bills, becoming more independent, it became a challenge to continue giving my passion full attention. I wanted to become a full-time artist but had to work other jobs in between to make ends meet and fund the art supplies that I needed. With all the challenges and curveballs thrown at me, I was forced to push myself to reach personal goals and try to set the bar higher for myself so I could be a successful artist. I feel constant pressure to create, constantly thriving to make the best possible work I can. Its like the whole world is watching me and I need to be able to deliver and make sure I’m on top of my craft.

There’s also the pressure to create daily/weekly as if its my job, whether I’m getting paid or not. I need to make sure that progress is continuously being made. I wasn’t seeing results for many years. I even thought about giving up several times due to suffering from anxiety and not seeing the results that I expected to see. Impatience set in, wondering when my hard work would pay off but it never lasted long. I found myself going back to creating, as my faith would never leave my side. I had to listen to the voice in my head and trust the process and be patient.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
I specialize in a couple of different mediums like painting, digital art and traditional drawing. I love learning new forms of art and people started noticing my drawings from the different ways I illustrated cartoons/anime. Inspiring people with my art is something I’ve always wanted to do and after receiving feedback from my loved ones and people I don’t even know, I looked forward to being able to inspire people through what I love. What sets me apart from others, I would say, is my work ethic. I put 100% into what I’m working on and am continuously focused on finishing my next project.

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