From “The Aristocrats” to “Bambi,” Chablise Hammie grew up watching animated shows and movies. “Disney always seemed so magical and so beautiful,” Chablise said. “Not only for the story, but also just because it was so amazing that someone could draw that, and I wanted to be someone who could draw that too.” Inspired by the shows she watched, Chablise decided to go into the graphic design and animation design fields. Even now, she still appreciates the time and effort she sees in animations. Newer movies, like “Moana” are examples of amazing work she could see herself doing in the future.
This fall, Chablise will pursue her degree at Longwood University. Being at Richmond Community High School, Chablise got used to a small school, and she wanted the same thing for her college. This is one reason why she chose Longwood over other universities. She also liked the fact that professors tried to get to know students and she likes that the college is in a small town where everyone knows each other and is like a family. “I’m most looking forward to expanding my horizons as far as my craft and becoming better at what I can do,” Chablise said. She also is excited to meet new people, learn from people, and also teach others.
While she was in high school, Chablise stayed active. She was a part of the National Honor Society, Dance Club, FBLA and the National Art Honor Society. In the National Art Honor Society, she really appreciated her art teacher. “She had just got out of art education so she knew a lot about art in general. She really helped me in the field and being a part of that little group of art students at my school,” Chablise said.
Chablise also worked as a volunteer. She volunteered at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church soup kitchen every other Saturday. One of her favorite volunteer experiences was her working with the VMFA where she was able to help with big events such as China Fest. There, she enjoyed helping children with their art projects. This experience taught her just how important it is to give back to the community. She especially enjoyed working with the children and seeing them excited over small art projects. “I just like that I can connect with people who are younger than me and kind of have a nice influence on them so they’ll see art as something amazing.” In her free time, Chablise enjoyed exploring Richmond with her friends.
With all of her extracurricular activities, Chablise stayed active in school and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Her biggest inspiration is her parents. “They don’t push me to be someone or something I’m not, but they’re always very supporting of what I want to do,” Chablise said. She said they never put her down about wanting to be an artist, but always supported her decision and wanted her to do what she loved. She also enjoys knitting, reading, sculpting, nail art and painting.
Now that high school is over, Chablise is looking forward to pursuing her dream and getting closer to her desired field. “I would love to see more art in the world and I think the reason why I want to be an artist is because I want to add more art into the world,” Chablise said. “Art is in a lot of things that we do and sometimes people overlook that. I want everyone to look more into that and notice that it’s there.” Chablise hopes that after graduating, she’ll be able to help others pay more attention and appreciate the art around them.