Mickey Mouse drawings from one student fill the wall of his English teacher’s classroom at South Forsyth High School. And his desk.
“I’ve been [drawing] for a while, but when I moved to Georgia about a year and a half ago … I used to draw on the desk a lot, and I used to draw a lot of Mickey Mouses, and one day we did this rotation thing in class and someone was like, ‘Who did this Mickey Mouse?’ And my teacher said, ‘Oh, that’s Cameron. He draws them on his desk all the time,’” said Cam Greco, a senior at the school on Peachtree Parkway.
Check out the comics page in future editions of the Forsyth County News for more of Cam’s comics.
His teacher asked if he would like to hang “some” on the wall, not foreseeing her whole classroom would eventually be filled with her student’s work.
Greco, 17, wants to go to college – preferably SCAD – to study animating and cartooning for an eventual career as a Disney animator. His comics have already appeared in local newspapers.
“My grandpa and I used to sit in his house and we would paint all the time and all that, and he kind of got me into drawing, too, and it’s just been a hobby that I enjoy,” he said. “My first comic was called Doug and Dog, and that’s kind of my favorite because it’s kind of easy to come up with jokes for a dog and a person.”
He said he grew up using pencils to pen his comics and drawings but that he recently got a drawing tablet.
“You can really zoom in to what you’re drawing and get the fine details and all that,” he said.
Cam Greco Drawing Time Lapse
He said he prefers making comics because they tell a better story than one picture.
“It’s almost like animation with one piece of paper,” he said.
There is plenty of time to officially study his art in college and beyond, but Greco said until now the only art class he has ever taken was one ceramic class.
“It’s just kind of watching a lot of TV and practicing,” he said. “When I was at my first school – when I was in elementary school – it became really popular to check out the learn-how-to-draw-these-characters books, and that helps, too. When you look at a lot of cartooning, it’s a lot of the same with the round noses and the brush strokes but not the perfect lines and all that. So it kind of blends in together with what you’re thinking in your head of what you want to draw.”