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Artwork and story by Jerameel Lu

Artwork and story by Jerameel Lu

Unfinished Piece

I am Jerameel Lu, 25, a hobbyist from the Philippines. I am a Civil Engineer by profession, but Art is my passion.

For now, Art is just my hobby: Iā€™m still busy earning a living as an engineer, so I have little time to work on creative projects. For this reason, inspiration rarely strikes me. My job is internet-based and I work alone in my room on engineering estimates late into the night, and only log-off at 8 in the morning.

Due to lack of proper knowledge about art, I grew up doing portraiture by copying what I see in the picture. At first that was the true meaning of perfection for me, when I can copy what I see, I am good. But not until I wake up one day, watched some of Web Art Academy’s free videos and reality smacked me, I am not good, I am just a human copying-machine…

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Portrait drawing by Celena Amburgey

Portrait drawing by Celena Amburgey

WANTED: help to become a better artist

I am an adult student who took an interest in drawing after losing a loved one. I wanted so desperately to capture all the things a photo can not.

My passion for art has blossomed in to a joyful place where I am free…

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Story and artwork by Gretchen Baker

Story and artwork by Gretchen Baker

Drawing Gets Me Through Most Days

I spent my entire childhood thinking I would be some kind of scientist. I was smart, I was dedicated, I went to a nerd school and graduated with an Associate’s before my GED. I plowed ahead, thinking that things would be just as easy as they had before – but then life clubbed me over the head and things just sort of fell apart. On the other side looking back, I realize that the one thing that kept me from going completely insane was art. It keeps me grounded and gives me an outlet, and if I were to ever stop drawing I’m sure I would messily explode…

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Story and drawing by Cinthia Izquierdo

Story and drawing by Cinthia Izquierdo

Becoming an artist rather than someone who can draw when they put their mind to it

Well, what’s the difference between being an artist or just being able to draw? I believe an artist is someone who consistently puts time into their craft and is continually refining their skill. I am not an artist. I can draw when the great blue moon strikes and I sit down and really put my mind to the task…

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Portrait drawing by Cassiano Grandi

Portrait drawing by Cassiano Grandi

Help art express my soul

My name is Cassiano Grandi, I am Brazilian and I live in Sao Paulo. The art is manifested in my life since childhood, when my teacher father corrected tests and I drew on his side. I’ve always been in love of drawing, painting and music. At 15 I started my career as a model, which touched my interest in photography. At 20, I started my first jobs as a photographer and makeup artist, which are my main profession to this day. My days are quite run, I work and live to learn more, because the fashion world and very competitive, which requires a continuous updating. Today I’m 32 years old, I feel the need to have a take a time to myself…breathe! Then the desire for drawing and painting resurfaced. Unfortunately our country is experiencing a crisis, which makes it unfeasible investments, which makes me study by myself…

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Artwork and story by Gina Rigby

Artwork and story by Gina Rigby

HARRISON

My name is Gina. My family consists of 4 adult children who have given me so far 5 1/2 grandchildren (one due in December).

I have always thought I was capable of some kind of drawing/sketching. My youngest daughter bought me some Art lessons which encouraged me to follow my dream of being able to draw my grandchildren as they grow…

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Portrait drawing by Peter Bex

Portrait drawing by Peter Bex

The art of life drawing, the life of drawing

I’m an artist and an art director living in Chicago. I’ve been drawing since being a little boy in upstate NY, and an AD for 30 years.

I draw because I love it and it was a gift given to me by my father’s side of the family. I’ve always been good at it…

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Artwork by Sharaah Aquino

Artwork by Sharaah Aquino

Lost in Myself

My name is Sharaah, I’m 16 years old, I’m an artist and I wanna learn more about figure drawing.

For my whole life, art has been my path in life. I’ve always been a creative person and I love to see the beauty in things. A couple years ago I went through difficult times and I started drawing as a way of healing. I see art as a way of understanding things better, a way of seeing things in a beautiful light…

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Story from Diane Stolz

Story from Diane Stolz

Foundation Drawing Art I grew up in NYC with composer parents and artsy grandmother. Art has always been a hallmark of my existence along with the piano and great composers. The two have a significant part in my life! My sister took the subway into NYC from Forest Hills to study art at the Art Students League when she was 11 and we moved out on the island when I reached that age and never got to study in NYC at that time. As I grew and held jobs, I took evening courses and Sat courses and workshops in Watercolor with Zoltan Szabo,and as the years passed I attended the Artist’s Magazine Weekends and Plein Air Conventions! I had classes with Rob Liberace, Daniel Gerhartz and one amazing workshop with David Leffel! I love the classic approach and have little…

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