With cartoon sketches decorating the blackboard, stopping by the Store has turned into a nostalgic trip down memory lane for anyone who watched Saturday morning cartoons. Sketched to perfection, these drawings rarely go unnoticed. But who is responsible for these cartoon creations?
Meet sophomore Brandon Lesky, who combines his love for art and classic cartoons to spice up the chalkboard in the Store and make customers smile. Spongebob Squarepants, Pikachu and Homer Simpson are just a few of the many and varied characters Lesky has featured so far.
Lesky first showcased his talents on his name plate in Rackham due to a misspelling. He decided to hang a whiteboard with the correct spelling of his name, accompanied by his favorite 90’s cartoon characters, which soon impressed all who walked by. What started out as a few weekly whiteboard doodles soon became part of his job working at the Store. His drawings advertise new products, as well as help to make Store announcements a little more interesting. His first drawing was of Wanda from “The Fairly OddParents” to promote products from the Sugarbush Management class.
“I do it for kicks. I’m not an art major,” Lesky said. He has never taken an official art class, but taught himself to draw at an early age by watching cartoons and trying to copy them the best he could. “I like drawing the old stuff. I like the nostalgia and the reactions I get from people,” he said. “I drew ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ and someone walked by and said, ‘Oh, that was my childhood!’ That’s the point! That’s why I do it.”
“Scooby Doo,” “Young Justice” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” are among his favorites, and have been seen on both his whiteboard as well as the Store chalkboard. Lesky says he’s received some pretty strange requests – Jesus and Dr. Palmer, just to name a few.
Lesky plans to major in mass communication, and is interested in trying out voice acting as a possible career. He doesn’t plan to do anything with art in terms of a career, but he hopes to keep up his hobby.