Hi, I'm Dorian Clay. I'm a middle school student in Seattle, Washington. I started writing the Freddie and Friends series when I was 10 years old.
I began taking chess classes and playing in tournaments when I was in first grade. That's kind of old compared to my little brother. He started going to tournaments with me when he was three years old.
I've been taking art classes since I was three. A couple of years ago I used a birthday gift-card to buy a book about drawing cartoons. That's how I started drawing cartoons. It's fun to make funny characters.
When I'm not doing homework or working on my books, I like to play with my little brother, take Kung-Fu classes, practice drawing and painting, read books, and play video games.
To publish "Freddie Loses His Game," I had to learn many things. Here's how I did it.
- Typed the story into Microsoft Word
- Drew the cartoons on paper
- Used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to get the cartoons ready for printing
- Recorded my videos in front of a green screen - like in the movies!
- Edited the videos in Adobe Premier Pro
I worked on this book for about 10 months, including full-time during the Summer. Some days in the Summer I worked for 12 hours next to my dad, while he did his work. I also used my entire Christmas holiday, plus another week when I was lucky school was cancelled due to snow.
It's hard to imagine it took so much work to make this book. I think it took me so long, because I had to learn so many things.
I hope you enjoy reading about Freddie and his friends.
I hope you also try to learn as much as you can.
Learning is fun!