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Fantasy Art

Negaunee senior turns to pens and paper to make imagination real

February 13, 2011
By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau

NEGAUNEE - Art, drawing in particular, is all about making the imagination come to life for one young Negaunee artist.

Bryon Edington, 19, is a senior at Negaunee High School and has been inventing characters and scenes with a pen and paper since he was young.

"I like to turn the imagination into something you can see," Edington said.

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Art, drawing in particular, is more than just an elective activity for Negaunee High School senior Bryon Edington, 19. With a focus on drawing fantasy characters, Edington said he is considering following a career in concept art, perhaps in the film or video game industry. Here, he looks through a portfolio of his projects. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

Using paper and ink, Edington spends time creating fantasy characters, like warriors or mythical creatures, usually in black and white.

"I use pens, pencils. I don't work with a whole lot of color," he said.

Taking art classes at the Negaunee High School for the past two years has allowed Edington to try out different media, such as sculpture or painting, but he said he still prefers pen and ink.

Although he has been drawing since he was young, Edington said he started to get serious about art and drawing when he was in middle school.

"I can draw anything I want to, but I like to draw what looks cool to me," he said. "I draw mostly people."

Usually beginning with a simple sheet of paper and his pen, Edington said he works on each piece as he wants, with the finishing time depending on what project he is currently working on.

"I usually just pick up a piece of paper and start drawing," he said. "I tend to go ridiculous with the detail."

As a senior, Edington is also working on deciding what to do after graduation, possibly continuing with his art at the college level.

"I would like to do digital art with some sort of involvement in drawing," he said. "What I want to do is concept art where the art director tells me what he wants to see and I draw it."

That sort of career could take him into working for the art departments for movies or video games.

For now, he's focusing on enjoying his art.

"It's challenging. It's sort of a process that's never completed," Edington said. "As an artist, you're always comparing yourself."

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is



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