I haven't always known what I wanted to do in life. I found myself a dreamer, trying every creative outlet I could find and always searching for something in me that made me unique. What kind of legacy could I leave my children? What could I offer the world?
In 2014, I became lost. I was undergoing Chemotherapy treatment for the second time in 6 years and I needed an outlet that would take me away from the harshness of that reality. I was desperate, sad and scared. I fell asleep one night praying for something to keep me from going crazy and what I woke to was this urge to draw something. After a little push from another artist, I started a 30 day illustration challenge.
Truth be told that I have never taken an official art class even though I have a degree in Fashion Design. I would just sketch dresses. I knew nothing about drawing the human body, let alone drawing facial features. It was an overwhelming need with an ache so real that I grabbed an old number two pencil that was lying around, some old yellowish copy paper and just drew.
Since 2014, I have seen myself grow as an artist. I found out within my first year of illustrating that portraits of people was a favorite. I absolutely fell in love with it. I learned what I liked early on, I found my favorite pencils, my favorite paper to draw on and even found my favorite erasers. I spent hours researching any photo on the internet that had every element to challenge me artistically. I found photos with harsh lighting & shadows, clear details of freckles, the facial lines of smiles & frowns, the cute squinting eyes & pouting lips; all the tiny details of a person in one photograph that challenged me as an artist.
All my past illustrations allowed me to focus my energy on one thing at a time and not the many things that made up my life. I didn't realize it then, but that small 30 day illustration challenge and that push from a fellow artist lead to this love I have of drawing.
I wasted years trying to find out what made me unique, I never would have imagined that all I had to do was just draw it.
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