School: Floyd Dryden Middle School.
Art of choice: Drawing. "I draw Japanese manga-style and have sort of made my own style. Every manga artist does or, rather, should."
Recognition: She received an honorable mention in the Juneau Public Libraries bookmark contest.
Reason: "All I remember is an image of a book sale. I picked up a book, 'How to Draw Manga.' I never really thought about why. I guess I keep trying because I'm waiting for the 'perfect' picture that makes everyone - plus two - smile."
Experience: Two years. "I went off and on, though. I was drawing; the next, I hated it."
All in the family: "My brother's planning on being a game designer; my mom is a photographer and my Papa's voice is impossible to describe. My baby brother, Matt, might be, if he isn't, a 'pirate professor'."
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Favorite artist: Her favorite artists are Wendy Mass, author of "A Manga-Shaped Space." Her favorite works are done by poet Brittni James, "She Was In Love"; manga artist Natsuki Takaya, "Fruits Basket"; rock band Green Day, "Wake Me Up When September Ends"; rock band Nickleback, "Saving Me"; band The All American Rejects, "Dirty Little Secret"; and author J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."
Future plans: "I've been doing this style for so long that it doesn't feel comfortable to try anything else. You should always do something that feels comfortable. I also like to write poems."
Future plans: "I plan on writing a story about my friends and myself."
Other activities: She likes to write. "My favorite piece I wrote so far is called 'My Reminder.' I just write down my thoughts and see how it turns out."
Wacky art: "I would have to say, off the top of my head, a giant windmill, a real one, with one blade like the sky. Cherry blossoms in bloom and Mt. Fuji in the background. The last blade would be a rainbow, with sequins and ribbon."
You should know: "There is only one thing I can brag about: how trusting, loyal and funny my friends are."
Her classroom teacher, Sandi Pahlke, says: "Krysty adds so much to all her assigments by her illustrations. She works very hard. Her art really adds to everything she does in all her subjects. Krysty is a caring student. She cares not only about her friends, but for all her peers. She is a hard worker and is willing to help others in need. Krysty is very much an individual. She enjoys what makes her unique."
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.
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