Art by Dara Akodu


Hello, my name is Dara. I am 10 years old and I am a Crestwood student in 5D. In my family, I have a brother, my mom and my dad. I was born on the 9th of June 2009, in Maryland USA, then I lived with my family in London, England for over a year, before we moved to Toronto in 2010.

My love for drawing began when I was 6 years old. Most days after school, I would sit on the playground bench and watch my friend’s older sister draw in her sketchbook. I was amazed at how detailed her drawings were and all the effort put into them. I was very inspired, so every day I would go home and draw many pictures and experiment with different kinds of lines and shapes. I spent most of my spare time drawing things and I would sometimes sit on a bench, in the park and draw butterflies and flowers.

  • I get my inspiration from many different places.
  • The picture of the girl with purple hair, holding a scepter was inspired by a movie that I saw on TV which had so many interesting characters.
  • The three pictures – the girl in sunglasses, the cheerleader and the girl in a sweater shows that one person can like many things and do many things, even if you only see them one way.
  • The picture of the princess with blonde hair was inspired by a jewelry advertisement that I saw on TV. The advertisement was very interesting because everything was in pink.
  • The picture of the car was inspired by a picture of a BMW I saw online. The car had a nice blue colour and a very modern design.

-Dara Akodu