Put a pencil and a piece of paper in front of Dieavalo Martin and you never know what design you'll get. The soon-to-be 25-year-old from Waterloo started drawing at a young age.
"I've been doing it all my life. I don't know what drew my attention to it. Kind of natural, I guess," said Dieavalo Martin.
The Waterloo East High graduate said the art room is where he spent a lot of his free time during school.
"I loved the art room. The art room loved me I guess," he said.
Dieavalo Martin credits a couple of his art teachers with helping to cultivate his talent and encouraging him along the way.
"I was trained by Betty Mitchell. She was my favorite art teacher. Gave me supplies I needed," said Martin.
Now that he has a full-time job, Martin doesn't get to spend as much time on his art, but he squeezes it in when he can.
He said every piece is personal.
"I don't really ever think about selling it. It's part of me. If I give a piece away, it's like giving a part of me. I guess I'm selfish," he said.
But Martin isn't opposed to one day selling replicas of his designs on clothing. His goal is to open his own clothing company, starting with t-shirts based on some of his designs.
For now, he'll just keep making these drawings and working toward his dream career. His advice for other young artists is to stay out of trouble, and always set goals for yourself.
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