Kyle Majerus, Tenth Muse Staff

Meet Erin Danosky, a fun-loving, always-smiling girl whose passion is art and video games. She uses her imagination to her advantage when it comes to creating characters, writing stories, or creating a piece of art. Erin is an English major and graphic design minor at Clarke University, and once she graduates she intends on going to the East coast to get a job as a concept artist for video games.

“Thoughts seem to constantly swarm around inside my head. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. As long as the gears in my brain continue to crank, then I know nothing is wrong. There is something about me that I find unique: my creative mind. I rely on my imagination for almost everything I do in life. Whether it’s coming up with ideas for a school project, thinking about a new story to write, or perhaps deciding on how a certain character should look, my mind is always circulating new ideas for me to use."

"My imagination is part of what makes me the creative person I am today. It all began when I wrote my first book. Although it is short, it contained a well-developed plot and concrete characters. The previous stories originated from a child’s mind; they mostly consisted of aliens, dinosaurs, and mermaids. Eventually, those cliché tales turned into dark and serious ones. Aliens that invade Earth and steal humans for their experiments, or a fictional, political story that's biased towards people whose eyes are purple. Obviously, I am a fan of all types of fiction. Fantasy or science fiction, you name it, I have probably written something within the genre. Writing has always been something I have loved to do. I used to tell stories to my cousins and would continue the same story each time they spent the night at my house. They always wanted more. Besides, if I had never told stories, I never would have become interested in art."

"Through writing came drawing. I decided I wanted a clear visual of my characters as I had described them in my stories. My best friend taught me the basics, and from there I learned other drawing skills on my own. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that good. The heads were either too big or too small, and the fingers were abnormally long. Also, I was too lazy to give them any shoes. I can’t believe my friends and classmates thought I was a good artist when they looked at that garbage. I have improved a lot since then, and I am proud to see that the characters, for once, look like genuine human people."

"All of this applies to my creative thinking. Through writing, I began to create art, and through both of those skills, I began to realize what I wanted to do with my life. I have been told that my art will never be good enough to land me a job as a concept artist for video games, but I don’t believe that. I believe the skills I have will assist me in the future. I have come a long way to where I am today. I have always gone by the phrase “practice makes perfect,” and I believe that. Art may not come naturally to me, but writing and research does. Concept artists are required to do an extensive amount of research, and I do that during my free time. Before I create a character, I do research on potential subjects to get more accurate insight on how I believe this character should be portrayed. The research in the job is the most important aspect to it."

"Overall, even though my mind never stops moving, much like a shark having to stay in motion in order to survive, I have never had a problem with it; I’ve learned to use it to my advantage. The skills I have acquired will certainly come in handy when I land that concept artist job. I know they will. There is nothing wrong with having a wild imagination because that is where the best stories come from.”