By Camden Andl ’19
AP Studio Art student Dylan Roskosz ’18 has been drawing for around three years, inspired to start by one of his friends.
“I was somewhat jealous of my friend who was a really good artist,” Roskoszsaid. “I thought his art, and art in general, was really interesting.”
Roskosz started his art career by taking summer courses while in middle school. He continued to take Humanities, 2D Art Drawing and Advanced Drawing at Brophy.
Roskosz’s AP Studio Art teacher Mrs. Debbie Cronin said she finds Dylan’sart very unique.
“He’s a very strong draftsman and he really knows how to replicate things on paper. Not everybody has that,” Mrs. Cronin said. “Some people are more creative with their ideas and some people are strong draftsmen. I think first, before anything, you have to be a strong draftsman, and that’s what Dylan is.”
Roskosz has had Mrs. Cronin going on three years and he credits much of his success to her.
“Being able to have Mrs. Cronin has definitely improved my work and style,” Roskosz said. “I’ve been lucky to be able to have her as a teacher.”
Roskosz said he often shifts his drawing style but prefers realism.
“I like drawing people more than anything else. I just don’t find scenery as interesting as the human face,” Roskosz said. “I really like to use a ballpoint pen. When I make a mistake, it’s permanent, and I just have to work with it. It’s a learning experience.”
Roskosz said that he often draws inspiration from his AP Studio Art classmates around him, and that like them, he tries to incorporate many pop culture references in his art.
“A lot of people in my class do drawings of Donald Trump,” Roskosz said. “And I’ve noticed that people like art that incorporates modern news and media so I try and do that as much as I can.”
Roskosz said he would love to pursue art in the future, and Mrs. Cronin said that she sees it as a possible future for Dylan.
“I think that Dylan’s art is very detailed,” Mrs. Cronin said. “He works a lot with value and uses a lot of lights and darks. It’s always amazing and he’s got a really good sense of proportion.”
Roskosz’s AP Studio Art classmate Jack Brown ’17 said that he finds Roskosz’s art amazing.
“I sketch portraits all the time, and I hope that my portraits will eventually be as good as Dylan’s,” Brown said. “He’s definitely very talented.”