Fae Huynh: Online Comics

Hana Maung, Reporter

Scrolling through the internet, Fae’s attention is immediately drawn to the single panel comic priced at $10. Questions rummage through her mind, “Wow, people are making money off of art?” Fae was always in love with art, but never knew that she could turn it into a profession. At just 12 years old, Christy (Fae) Huynh started drawing comics online and would eventually start selling them. 

“I do online comics, and I do technically sell stuff like I do commissions for money. If people want me to draw something I’m like, okay here, give me $2” Huynh said. 

Her infatuation with comic panels stemmed mainly from anime, an important part of Fae’s artistic style. 

“The biggest inspiration for me growing up to do art was anime admittedly, and I saw a lot of anime and a lot of cartoons,” Huynh said. “I’m like, wow, I want to draw like that.” 

And so her mission began, as she sought to learn more about comics and how people sold them. 

“When I was 12 I started researching with people online and in group chats I was in. They gave me advice on how to do commissions, how it usually goes. After researching PayPal and whatnot, I found I got money off Kofi, which is for PayPal, so I was paid publicly,” Huynh said. 

This new world Fae was exploring was invigorating, yet she hadn’t had the proper tools to execute her best work. 

“I used to draw with a mouse and that was really awkward,” Huynh said. “My brothers got these drawing tablets, but I ended up using it more because they were in college.”

There are a multitude of different comic styles, but Fae prefers a specific type over others. 

“There’s a kind of comic where you have the panel of art, just one panel, and then you have text,” Huynh said. “I do work like that.” 

Along with her panel comics follows the medium she uses to create everything. 

“I mostly do it with a pixel brush. And I really like the simplistic pixel style, it makes everything so much easier to do. You can just take paper and just slap it in there,” Huynh said.  

With every new hobby there will be adversities and complications you have to overcome and that’s exactly what Fae faced. 

“The hardest thing for me about it I’d say is getting started on it and keeping up with it,” Huynh said.

Consistency is key within the art world (especially if there are deadlines) but Fae explains a more efficient work schedule that will benefit your well being as well as your art. 

“Don’t force yourself to have an update schedule, take breaks when needed,” Huynh said. “And I’d recommend that you plan out some key moments in your I’m just going straight into it.”

The originality of Fae’s work brings an exciting and fresh aspect to the new technological age of art. Her dedication for comic art is fervent and definitely fierce.