DRAWING could become more than a hobby for Smithfield resident Sa Vu.
The 20-year-old started drawing when she was young but unlike many local artists, she found her passion in anime.
One of her creations has been used as the mascot for an anime and manga shop as well as the Anime and Manga Association Sydney, both based in Cabramatta.
"As long as I can remember I have been drawing," she said.
"I'm not really good with words but I feel like I'm better with pictures to express myself.
"It gives me freedom to express what's in my mind."
Miss Vu said she particularly liked anime because it was aesthetically pleasing with many different styles. "I am inspired by a lot of different anime and I gather my own style from that," she said.
Miss Vu said her favourite anime was Japanese manga series One Piece.
"The stories and characters are rich and engaging," she said. "I can't get enough of it."
Currently studying Visual Communications at the University of Technology Sydney and working as a freelance graphic designer on the side, Miss Vu hopes she will get a full-time role as a graphic designer or work in a studio after she graduates.
"I've never seen (drawing anime) as a career," she said. "It's more like a hobby, but you never know it might be something I want to do in the future."