Hey. As a kid, I showed great interest in drawing over the walls, toys, or anything I could get my pencils on. I was an artist.
My passion grew stronger as I grew older.
As anyone who ever drew anything will tell you, it’s not all about talent but about practice and determination. I had it all. When I was a kid I prospered my gift at a local after school art school program. I went there for 6 years even usually it takes 7 to graduate. Not to brag but I skipped one year and was able to take class with older students.
What I loved about this art school the most was that they offered us everything we needed:
- topic – Our teacher came up with a specific topic every lesson, they gave us the idea and left the rest for our imagination
- guideline – firstly we made sketches of what we wanted our piece to be like and showed them to the teacher, they told us what to do better or what to reduce
- means – we could try whatever drawing technique we could think of and they showed us ones we didn’t know about before, we had everything from paper to colors and everything in between
- appreciation – after every lesson we would lay down our works and evaluate them all together, what we liked about each work and what we didn’t
For me, it was a great time and it allowed me to grow, try new techniques, find what I enjoyed the most, find my style. It also taught me self refection and being critical of myself – way too critical most of the time.
When reality knocked at my door I chickened out. I stood between the choice of a lifetime at way too young age of 15. I was supposed to decide where to study next. Art was always an inseparable part of me growing up.
But what about the future?
I kept hearing everyone I know doubt my living as an artist. How hard it would be to find a job and pay for simple adulthood. I would not make enough money for living by simple drawing.
My mum is a pharmacy assistant and I spend a lot of my youth in pharmacy with her. I liked chemistry and biology, and working in a pharmacy is such a clean, responsible, and most importantly well-paid job. Truth is I would earn much more money working there than by my art.
I told myself I could be the pharmacist who draws, but it would be illegal if I was an artist who sells drugs.
It was a pharmacy since then. It doesn’t change anything if I’m stuck in regret of my life choices now. Of course, I wonder what would my life be like if I decided to go on an artistic way instead, but I just can’t take it back now.
The truth is I’m not a pharmacist who draws. I didn’t have proper time to do my art since I started high school.
Now I’m at university and I might have some more free time than before but I lack the courage to do art. I haven’t done proper drawing in so long. I lost my practice. Still, I try to do something with the talent I’ve been given and I want to share with you some of my artworks and styles I managed to practice over my busy depressing years. Here are 10 styles that describe my artwork.
1.Depressing and creepy style
I cannot stress enough that I went through a really hard time for me and I kind of reflected it into my drawings. The technique I used could be described as “what I bought last”.
If I got new chalk I would draw with just chalk for few months straight, new watercolors = all watercolor works, and so on.
The main theme of my work was creepy images that popped into my mind combined with as much color as possible.
Ghosts, monsters, splashes, eyes, and just shapes.
Again this was a very bad time for me and this was not one of my best works. It helped me went a lot though and I never showed it to anyone from my friends or family. I only share it online and none of my family really cares about the online stuff I do.
I tried a few in just black and white style and I liked them the most:
As you can see I loved to play with the patterns, arrange them in some sort of repeat. The creeper the better. I used a black pen and pencil for the last ones. The top colorful ones was a combination of water colors, oil colors, temper colors, colored pencils, pens, dry pastel, and duck tape in different variations.
2. Realistic pencil drawings
I firstly learn and tried this technique at an art school lessons and I knew right away that this was what I want to do a lot. The first work I ever did like this was Marylin Monroe :
My teacher printed out a photo of Marylin from the internet and I created a small square net all over it and recreated the same squares net on bigger paper, tripled the size of each square, and then drew everything I saw in a small square to the big squares inadequate position. It was so simple and the result was just as the original. This was my first work I was ever proud of.
This way I recreated so many photos I printed out mostly my favorite musicians, actors YouTubers, or even my own photo:
I’ve got a bunch of this in my drawer with other pictures I ever made as I don’t want to trash them but at the same time, I don’t want to display them anywhere. I have no use for them anymore. Each of these photo recreation took me around 3-5 hours to make.
3. Not so creepy colors
On my better days, I was able to make something that won’t make you question my sanity. (just so you know I’m getting better)
Luckily not all of them are stuck in my drawer as my friend took some of them and actually hand them in her room.
4. Ballpoint pen drawing in a book
Once I purchased this old book from an antique shop for a special project I was working on with my classmate for a school where we needed 2 pages from the book. I kept the rest and used it as a sketchbook. I apologize for every book lover, I am one too and I would never hurt a book like this, but this book was dead long before I decided to draw on it.
Then I put it in my library and never drew to it anymore.
Simple and easy. You can actually see which are my favorite shows. Usually, I would just remake some image I saw online on paper and put it in my drawer.
…and anything I could draw with it. Mostly I just try to draw someone I saw in the magazine for inspiration.
7. Bands geek
If I discover a new band I liked there is a 99% chance I would draw them again from a photo I would find on the internet.
8. My art school finals
As my finals, I was supposed to do 3 artworks.
The first one needed to contain culture and patterns and I choose this japan (as a huge anime fan at that time) with simple patterns of my choice (flowers and leaves). I used just 3 colors for this work and it was all made of ink and pencil.
Next one needed to have a quote from a children’s book. It was a Slovak quote and it could be translated as “cat had fallen of loft” – so I drew a cat and filled it up with text.
The third one was up to me. I choose to do my best work of Marylin Monroe in mosaic technique. It took me several weeks to finish and I’m very pleased to hear that they have it displayed on school walls to this day.
I don’t have the photo of my final work but this summer I decided to recreate my best work and place it on my new room wall:
I tried to make some statues a few times. This is my best but arm-less result of slender lady. (I had a thing for faceless creatures at that time)
10. The rest
everything that doesn’t fit any of the categories listed above. It contains different techniques I tried, my poor attempt to study heart anatomy and ending up drawing it instead, slender family or my first legal drawing on the wall at our balcony. Enjoy:
There are 10 categories I would sum up my artis career into. I have a bunch of others at home but I didn’t take pictures or they are simply not worth sharing on the internet.
I try to tell myself that I didn’t waste my artist talent, that I simply transferred it into my everyday life and to my blogs. It takes talent, practice, determination, and creativity for this kind of job too.
Thank you for your attention