- Arts and Design
How I Started Drawing
Since I was young, I already know that I will always be an artist. My main influences are the cartoons and animations created during the 90's. I didn't attend any formal art classes so i taught myself how to draw by having these cartoons as my references. I also find it easier practice on my own since I am an introvert. However I think that I started to seriously hone my drawing skills when I was in high school. Japanese animation invaded television during those time that it was shown on air almost three hours straight. Japanese animations were shown back to back then on our local TV stations. Because of this, every time I went home from school, I would buy collectible cards featuring the anime character shown in TV and then I'll drew it as it is.
However I went into a long hiatus from drawing when I entered the corporate world. There's no room for my job to use my skills although I sometimes doodle just to kill time or if I find myself really bored. Fortunately, as I was browsing the internet last month, I came across my old online portfolio and saw my past sketches and this encouraged me to draw once again. Since my hands has gone MIA in the drawing department I decided to do some drawing exercises. I began by drawing head shots of Disney and anime characters.
After that, I slowly learn how to add my own twist on the characters. This is by still drawing the same character with a pose I either invented or imitated from a normal photo. I barely use stick figures as my guide because I feel more comfortable if I just search for a photo that I can follow the posing of. So far I'm satisfied with my progress and will continue drawing. I felt a little bit guilty for the long hiatus but now I'm determined to follow my passion.