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The Unlikely Artist
My short Biography on how i started painting
Hi everyone I' am masaad, I am a realist painter and this is a brief story of how i got started in painting
There is a very common misconception among people that artistic talent, in this case painting is a gift from god which cannot be attained by anyone who do not posses it, well i believe this is utter nonsense.
Before you can run you have walk first so we begin by walking that is in this case drawing.
Drawing or painting is seeing, you draw what you see the way you see it, not what you know it to be.
This is basically it, some people discover this at an early age either by accident or what have you, yet it can be learned by anyone.
I never had any talent for drawing, painting as such I did doodle when bored but they sucked big time, even my handwriting was and is at times barely readable :D. So about last year i saw some sketches of my distant friend they were really good and i was so inspired by them and i went about doing my own :D.
I did so many then i started to see a pattern i was getting better with each sketch and i developed this great enthusiasm, i started reading a lot, everything i can find related to drawing.
Then the first time i got my hands on charcoal pencil i carefully did a sketch of my best friend and even i was surprised, then i went about showing everyone even they were to, that's when it hit me i could do this.
After doing many sketches it happened, I started getting criticized by people that drawing or painting is a gods gift one which you do not posses. It did hurt but I am used to it, no one really ever encouraged me to do what I wanted to do, then I did my first painting, I thought it sucked that I could never learn to paint, an encouragement came from the unlikeliest place I could have ever imagined, when I had finally given up hope about painting, I had an acquaintance she also paints, she was very rude manner and cared very little about other peoples feeling, I still don't quite know why I showed her the painting, but I am glad that I did. After showing her I said i know it sucks, she looked at it and said oh my god you are an artist.
That was probably the only thing I needed it completely changed my perception "I would have said life but I don't want to be overly dramatic :D". Then after 2 months of procrastination and laziness "Yup i am very very lazy :D". finally I did what i have been putting off for a while a pastel painting of a bird, that was the first time everyone started considering me and took me as an artist though the unlikeliest of unlikely artist.
Foray into Oil Paints
Then I abandoned my pencils and pastels and forayed into oil painting full time.
After doing a couple of oil painting I decided it was time to do something more difficult, so I went about to paint my favorite actor Leonardo DiCaprio in Oil, by then I had read so much and learned everything I needed to know
It was very difficult and I abandoned the painting for 2 months, but finally after painting over and over so many times I finally sat down and said to myself this has gone for far too long, now it’s now or never. I finally finished it my first portrait in oil. I was so amazed and happy that a few months ago I couldn't even draw.
Usually I finish a painting or a sketch in under 3 hours max, but the painting of Leonardo DiCaprio has taught me that it doesn't matter if you finish a painting in 3 hours, you can also finish it in 2 months :D.
Afterwards it became a lot easier mentally, because I did it once and I can do it again.
But its not always easy it never really is, soon as I began a painting and it doesn't look the way I want I can’t sleep at night, thoughts begin to emerge maybe I can’t do this, but I know I can and I do :).
With each painting I improve and learn a lot of things from my mistakes.
"The only mistakes are those from which we learn nothing."
I read somewhere that "if you want to make really good paintings, start now making bad paintings, before you can make any good ones".
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -Thomas A. Edison
And for me this is just the beginning, I am not even that good yet I have much to learn, to make a lot more bad paintings :D, before I can achieve what I desire but I look forward to it :).
And lastly my favorite Quote "Greatness comes to those who take it" - Genghis Khan
Thanks for reading if you want to look at my online gallery please visit http://masaad.deviantart.com