Draw Your Story
Artist Tatiana Gill has been sharing her experiences through the medium of comics since the 90s, and is well-versed in both self-publishing her art and working with small publishers to produce her books.
Much of her work focuses on her own personal journey of self-discovery, and has taken the form of collected stories, short graphic novels, and even a compendium of nearly 500 daily diary drawings — all of which demonstrate how uniquely cathartic drawing comics can be as an art form.
In addition to her books, Tatiana has drawn comics for the Seattle Weekly, Capitol Hill Seattle, and more. While she just recently joined the faculty of Seattle Central’s Continuing Education program, she has been teaching classes to adults and children alike around the community for several years.
We asked Tatiana to share more about herself; read on to learn more — and then join her in one of her upcoming classes.
How long have you been teaching?
I’ve been teaching classes on comics around the community for the past 6 years.
What's your educational & professional background?
I have a B.A. from The Evergreen State College focusing on Art and English Literature.
I have been creating self-published comic books since the 1990s, and have books published by Alternative Comics and Éditions çà et là.
In addition to my work in comics, I’ve freelanced in illustration, graphic design, and marketing since the early 2000s.
What other kind of life experience do you have that influences what and how you teach?
Every time I’ve been taught a rule about what one needs to do to succeed in art, I’ve seen someone come along and succeed doing the opposite.
I’ve also noticed that I do my best and most prolific work when I am enjoying myself and not self-criticizing too much.
So when I teach, I try to encourage students to realize their own vision and favorite techniques, and to provide a more optimistic view than what their inner-critic is saying.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?
I love to discuss the subjects I am so passionate about with other people who are excited to discuss it.
I also love it when the resources I have found over the years can be shared with others.
Tell us about an inspirational learning moment.
I took a class at Evergreen called “Where No One Has Gone Before” — we studied physics, social studies, art and literature all through the lens of classic Star Trek episodes.
I discovered that learning didn’t have to be a grind — it could be exciting, fun, uplifting and invigorating.
Would you rather have a tiger tail or tiger stripes?
A tiger tail, so I could swish it as I walk down the street!
- Crazy on You – Heart
- Brussels, Belgium: They have a Tintin museum, lots of waffles, and many lovely and funny sights.