I’m basically one of those people who were born as an artist. I started drawing/doodling at the age of 1 or 2, as soon as I could hold a pencil in my hand. I went to art classes as a child, to study the traditional drawing techniques and water colour. By grade 4, I was able to sketch a proper roman bust with proper shading, and by grade 5, I was able to do live portraits of people in graphite pencil. In Secondary School and High School, my repertoire of artistic skills expanded to coloured pencils, acrylic painting, ink, oil painting, pastels, printing making, conte, and a few other things that students learn as a requirement in art school. I was set for a life as an artist.
Of course, an interesting story is not without downturns and unexpected interruptions. In the second last year of High School, I learned from certain supposedly reliable sources, that a career in art is not sufficient for one to make a living. Of course, being the smarty pants I was (I was very good at physics, math, and science), I decided to pursue a career in Engineering, thinking that I would still have enough time to my self on the side to pursue my artistic proclivities. And thus, I embarked on an unfamiliar path which I had believed was bedazzled with a life time of comfort and prestige. Well, I believed wrong, very wrong. What actually happened in the next 10 + was a beyond painful and unbearable in both the physical and mental sense. An artist is artist. If he/she is stripped his/her creative capabilities, it would not end well.
To make a long story short, I’ve repented of my lust over the worldly riches and my over zealous nature for knowledge, and decided to step back within my realm of physical competence. In other words, I’ve picked up my craft as an artist again.
Are you able to draw after so many years of being away from it? You may ask. If there was once thing I gained in the academic world among the scholars of our day, it would be my artistic skills, specially, the ability to observe things in great detail. That is contradictory, you may then say. Yes, it may sound like it, but the truth is, everything in the Universe are intricately connected with one another. It is impossible to understand the laws of physics without having a good command of mathematics and good observational skills. So art is also is intimately related to many other realms of life. A great artist must first be a great observer, and able to see the nuances and details found in the ordinary things of life (i.e. The way light falls on an object and how it reflects upon it). Then comes technical skills, which can be learned through repetition and studious studies. And when one possesses both, then creativity will burst forth naturally as a butterfly emerges from a cocoon.
I am happily back on the path I was meant to go on. I am now a professional artist.
Are you going on the right path in life? Do you enjoy the work (job) that you’re doing? I would love to hear your story.