Personal Project  |  Illustration + Animation

1. I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair.


2. I hate the way you drive my car.


3. I hate it when you stare.


4. I hate your big, dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind.


5. I hate you so much it makes me sick, it even makes me rhyme.


6. I hate the way you're always right.


7. I hate it when you lie.


8. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry.


9. I hate it when you're not around, and the fact you didn't call.


10. But mostly, I hate the way I don't hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.


I've always felt very indifferent toward Valentine's Day. I'm not one of those bitter people who scoffs at the mention of it, and I've never gone out of my way to make a big spectacle for someone I've cared about. Last year I made some cards with a friend, and this time I wanted to do something a little different. My valentine this year is for everyone and illustrates one of my favorite poems, which happens to be from one of my favorite movies, 10 Things I Hate About You.

In 1999, when this movie came out, I was a twelve-year-old on the cusp of entering my teendom, belly shirts and cargo pants were big, and Y2K was just around the corner. So, needless to say, it was a huge movie for me and probably many other girls my age. Hearts all over the country swooned for Heath Ledger and little JGL. And Julia Stiles immediately became my spirit animal. Duh.

I've always wanted to do a project about the poem Kat reads at the end. It is one of my favorite scenes — so genuine and heartfelt. It fed the hopeless romantic in me and taught me about love and friendship (sort of). The chemistry between Kat and Patrick is so great, especially the paintball scene. I tried to incorporate as many aspects of the movie into Kat's poem.

Love is pretty relevant to me at this stage of my life. A lot of my friends are falling in and out of it. And I've spent a great deal of time thinking about it over the years. It's a strange animal, and it's interesting re-watching this movie as an adult and understanding things differently. Despite her best efforts, Kat couldn't help falling for Patrick, even though most of the time he drove her crazy. That's the whole thing with love though, you can't really predict it or control it. All you can really do is accept it. I think the biggest thing I've learned over time though, is that those feelings, whenever you have them, are beautiful. And even though you feel them for another person, and even if they aren't returned, they are yours. And that's all that really matters.