Carroll County Middle School eighth grader Isabelle Shockley hopes life will imitate art after capturing State and District 24 Lions International of Virginia Peace Poster honors.
“It was the Lion’s Club Peace Poster Contest. It’s a worldwide thing and we weren’t allowed to put any words on it. I won first place in state and first place in district,” said Shockley. “I had never entered this contest before. In seventh grade I thought about it but I didn’t. This year it was an assignment for art. I drew a lot of worldwide monuments. I drew this pair of hands, holding hands. I just think everyone should just be a friend to somebody. That’s my vision of peace. No more fighting.”
Shockley said she included “a lot of symbols from different religions and such” in an effort to create a work promoting harmony.
“I draw a lot of people and I really just draw for fun because I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a little kid. I started really loving art in fifth grade and now I just draw every day,” Shockley said.
She admitted remembering nothing in particular happened in the fifth grade to spark her interest. She and her friends just decided to start drawing. Shockley said drawing is a powerful thing. In some respects it’s a language everyone understands but not everyone speaks. The young artist is partial to working with pencils and pens.
“I sometimes use colored pencils but that’s when I’m really wanting to make it look nice. I like pencils because when I mess up, I just have to fix it with the pen and I don’t have to use the eraser,” said Shockley. “I really did like it (the poster). I thought it was going to turn out horrible but it didn’t. I was so glad when I finished it. I spent about two hours every day for two weeks. It depended on how much I wanted to work on it that day.”
She said the idea had been in her mind prior to the contest and started by including monuments. That grew to include famous landmarks like Mt. Fuji from Japan. Shockley said musical notes on the poster are actual notes from a video game. She said the biggest challenge was figuring out the flags to put on the Earth, which required research.
Shockley plays piano, too. She will advance to Nationals and if she wins that, then on to worldwide competition. The goal of the organization is to “empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.”
“It (the poster) came together fairly smoothly. But figuring out where to put things (was tough). I worried about how I was going to run out of space but I didn’t. I actually got to fit everything in there I wanted to and even some more. It was just blank space and I had ideas. I had actually drawn it on a separate piece of paper first to put it on the larger paper but I had to add more stuff on the bigger paper.”
She said she wants to be an animator when she grows up, happy to be creating. Shockley said her parents were happy when they found out but didn’t seem surprised, feeling all along she would win.
“This is so much a point of pride for our school. And our community, not just Isabelle and her family, but our whole community. It’s good that we get recognized on this end of the state. We know how good we are. Isabelle is a very talented young lady. There’s a bright future ahead of her, no telling what’s going to happen,” said Principal Marc Quesenberry.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.