Growing up, I’d sometimes hear people say that some people are more suited for arts and humanities while others are suited for science and tech, as if those were two opposites that couldn’t touch. Setting aside the total BS that is, now that I’m both an artist and web developer(-in-training), I feel that there is actually a huge overlap in art and code.

In fact, in many ways, learning how to code is almost exactly like learning how to draw.

An illustration of the human brain, with analytical diagrams on the left side, and rainbow-coloured art items on the right.
An illustration of the human brain, with analytical diagrams on the left side, and rainbow-coloured art items on the right.
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I’ve spent many years grinding traditional drawing, oil painting, and digital painting, and consider coding as the newest art form…


I was in middle school when I got my first taste of coding. It was sometime around Y2K and my family had finally gotten a semi-reliable internet connection. I went online and was majorly impressed by the websites that people had built. Now, I’m not talking about business or professional sites, mind you. At 11 years old, my interest in the internet revolved entirely around Asking Jeeves about whatever Japanese anime series I was into at the time.

That was how I stumbled upon the world of anime fansites.

I was shocked to discover that many of the site creators…

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