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20 UNDER 20: ML Schneider
When it comes to art 17-year-old ML Schneider has been taking ink to paper since she was a toddler.
“I’ve drawn for literally as long as I can remember,” says the Tsawwassen graduate of South Delta Secondary. “My earliest memory is my dad’s business paid for us to go on this trip to Greece when I was three years old and I was drawing on the airplane on our way there.”
That dedication to a lifetime of art paid off recently with her acceptance into Emily Carr University in Vancouver, an art school that receives between 1,200 and 1,800 applications from across the country each year and takes in about 400 first year students.
ML submitted her portfolio of drawings, which features a range of portraits to still life and fantasy. Having gone to an art camp hosted by the North Vancouver School District every year from the age of eight to 16, she has learned a variety of different techniques from famous living artists.
“I’ve done monotyping, monoprinting, sculpting, regular printing, cyanotyping…” says ML before trailing off and laughing. “You don’t know what that is, right?”
To the layman it’s just easier for ML to just tell people she draws. ML says she enjoys receiving art assignments in school because it gives her a foundation from which to explore an idea or concept. The hardest part of being an artist is either waiting for inspiration to come to you and sometimes you have to go after it, she explains.
“I get it from people around me usually, or seeing something and thinking I could that, or I could do it better.”
Although she says it’s unlikely she will make a living from commissioned portraitures, she thinks she could make comic books or graphic novels, a suggestion made by her interviewer while applying for Emily Carr.
“I’m really down with comic books because I also really like English and I feel like there’s nothing that makes a graphic novel any less than an actual novel.”
ML isn’t just an artist. She was a top student while in high school, mentoring primary school children in horticulture, and won the 2013 Delta Rotary Youth Award in the Inner Strength category. Also an avid athlete in rugby and soccer, her Ladner U-17 team won the 2012 Coastal Cup last year.