Hey! I’m TrainerKelly. I’m also known as Kelly Mulry, among other names. My pronouns are they/them.
I am a creative by definition (if you look up traits of a creative, I fit most, if not all of them). I have loved to create since I was in 3rd grade and it has never ceased. It gets arguably harder each year not to pursue everything I have ever wanted to be creative in, even when I pick and choose what to work on and create. Creating is my foundation — if I believe I am no longer allowed to create, I no longer live for my foundation seemingly crumbles. I always end up rebuilding it because I can’t last very long without it. It is becoming increasingly harder for people and circumstances to crack my foundation, although it took a long while to get here.
The “trainer” from “TrainerKelly” comes from the Pokémon franchise. In the franchise, you catch monsters and train them to become the very best they can be. Watching the Pokémon TV series was a life-changing moment for me: it made me realize that the world wasn’t as clear cut as I thought it was. It’s still a franchise that inspires me to this day and I can link back pretty much everything I love and do nowadays to the franchise. It has helped to keep me drawing, it got me to start writing, heck, it even helped lead me to my husband! Crazy, right? My current drawing style is heavily influenced by Pokémon, although it is sprinkled with other anime and manga influences as well. I consider “trainerkelly” to be a nod to the franchise, all while avoiding potential trademark infringement (I hope).
Anime, manga, and light novels have been big influences in my life as well. I have to thank them for where I am today and without them, I probably would not have had the motivation to sit down and turn my own ideas into reality. If I never got into them, my life would certainly be different — not as different as life without seeing Pokémon, but still quite different. Light novels in particular are to thank for the improvement in my writing.
Representations of Me
Across my website, you probably (will) notice that I have a lot of artwork of a guy with brown spiked hair and a girl with red, curled hair. Both of these characters are me. Sometimes I draw them together in a split form, although other times, I draw them separately. I am someone who embraces both my masculine and feminine aspects to the point I consider myself to be “gender fluid.” Although I find it a lot harder to express that fluidity in real life, in my art, it is a heck of a lot easier. These two personas are my primary ones and I use them EVERYWHERE. TrainerKelly’s Network, after all, has a starting point with me. I think it’s appropriate for myself to appear in anime form!
I used to call this side of me my “guy side”, although I have since dropped that. The pronouns for this side are he/them.
He is the one who is laid back enough to sit down and get to work.
He is the part of me that spends hours shaping worlds, brainstorming ideas, and executing them.
Heck, it’s that side of me that was able to sit down and redo this entire website.
He is the side I mostly project to the outside world; he’s the easiest to wear and the most comfortable to be.
This is the side of me that has a fairly wide range of emotions and is moderately happy.
I draw his appearance with brown hair, spiked at the very top with straight bangs and side locks, while the remainder of the hair is curled. He is always wearing some black button-up shirt with a lime green t-shirt underneath. The pants sometimes range, but they are almost always black as well. This is based on a combination of my favorite color combination and my actual appearance.
I used to draw my Creator side with black hair, but I ended up realizing that black hair really isn’t me. It was something other people always told me looked “good” on me, but I found the few times I’ve ever dyed my hair, I hated it. When I realized the black hair was stemming from an unconscious choice based on other peoples’ opinions of me, even if I didn’t agree with them, I deliberately changed his hair color to more closely match my natural hair color: dark brown.
As you might have guessed, The Queen used to be referred to as my “girl side”, although that has also been dropped. The pronouns I use for this side is she/them.
She is the one who gets things done when my Creator side can’t.
She’s the part of me that is confident and strong.
She has no time to play irrelevant games and WILL get down to business, both in the creative and practical sense.
She’s also the part of me that often runs off some of the not-so-nice emotions; mostly anger. When I’m angry, watch out! I probably WILL be the queen and I’m NOT going to let ANYTHING stand in my way!
She’s usually able to convert negative emotions into positive ones; anger becomes a springboard to complete a project. Depression becomes motivation to work on a piece of artwork I had been delaying for several months.
She is depicted with red hair, some star & circle gems in the colour pink underneath her eyes, and an 18th-century-inspired gown in the colours of black, hot pink, and bubble gum, often accented with gray and white.
Not Me, but Still a Mascot
Besides from these two, I have another Mascot named Kelly the Dreamer.
She is NOT me, although you could say she is a part of me. Kelly the Dreamer is a neutral version of my Pokémon fan character of the same name and same design.
The main differences between the two of them are their clothing colour schemes (Kelly the Dreamer is decked out in purple and *Kelly the Pokémon Trainer is often in the same colours as my Creator side) and their personalities — Kelly the Pokémon Trainer is a spoiled brat and often isn’t happy, while Kelly the Dreamer is pretty much always happy.
She’s part of what I like to think of as a “triangle” — Kelly the Dreamer is the part of me who dreams. The Queen is the part of me who figures out how to make those dreams a reality. The Creator is the part of me who makes the dreams a reality.
Much like Kelly the Pokémon Trainer, I do NOT consider her to be me. Although, I suppose in a sense, she is, as I consider her to be a facet of my subconscious, just like Kelly the Pokémon Trainer is (that’s kind of a creepy story; keep your eyes on the look out for that story in the future).
You may not see much of her right now, mainly because she’s not really in any stories at the moment.
*Side Note: Kelly the Pokémon Trainer is NOT TRAINERKELLY. I, KELLY MULRY, am TrainerKelly. I consider “TrainerKelly” to be my collective name