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Drawing by Donald Aidala

Drawing by Donald Aidala

My interest in art began at an early age when in grade school I thoroughly enjoyed art class, particularly during the Holiday Season when the variety of art subject themes available made it challenging but a fun time to look forward to. Early on, I was always interested in capturing a likeness in a drawing, but never pursued any kind of formal art instruction. It wasn’t until my mother-in-law, some forty years later, encouraged me to draw and paint with more ambition. She herself was an accomplished painter in oils, acrylics and watercolor. It really wasn’t until I retired from engineering in 2014 that I started to take some local formal courses in drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting, and to work in these areas with any consistency.

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Artwork by Aurorah Kelevh

Artwork by Aurorah Kelevh

Sophia

Like many who are submitting their works in this competition, I was always interested in creating art. Now that I have retired, I can devote more time to my passion. In the past, I have never had time to take any formal lessons but recently I signed up with the AnatomyMasterClass.com. I am learning so much about the human form and it’s relationship to creating good artwork. I have a long way to go but already see a difference in my art.

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Drawing by Nancy Jo Braden

Drawing by Nancy Jo Braden

Leaves

For the moment, art is a hobby. I find that it relaxes my mind, and helps me center my priorities, and see the beauty in all things. Some of the challenges that I have in art, is finding the time, space and creative mindset and being my own worst critic. I would like to learn to draw or paint nature as I see it, and share the joy and solace that art is giving me.

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Artwork by Aurrorah Kelevh-Beard

Artwork by Aurrorah Kelevh-Beard

Green Eyes

Like many who are submitting their works in this competition, I was always interested in creating art. Now that I have retired, I can devote more time to my passion. In the past, I have never had time to take any formal lessons but recently I signed up with the AnatomyMasterClass.com. I am learning so much about the human form and it’s relationship to creating good artwork. I have a long way to go but already see a difference in my art.

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Drawing by Andrea Gomez Zimmer

Drawing by Andrea Gomez Zimmer

To be or not to be

My name is Andrea and I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Art has always had a special place in my heart. As a child I would sit for hours drawing and coloring in my grandmother’s kitchen while she cooked. Every summer my grandmother and I would paint a mural of butterflies and flowers on the back wall of her garden. My talent comes from my late grandmother, and I feel that art is a a way that I can honor her memory. I now live in beautiful Philadelphia and attended an atelier for a year and half, but had to drop out for financial reasons.

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Drawing by Eliseo A. Aurellado

Drawing by Eliseo A. Aurellado

Filipino Warrior

I am an accountant and have long been in private industry. Now that I am approaching my retirement years (I haven’t retired from business yet although I am already 69 years old), I have always wanted to take up the hobby of sketching and painting.

Since I was little, I used to make my own comic books, papering old notebooks (not the digital ones) with my own illustrations and stories that I made up. My father used to be amazed at the drawings my kid brother and I used to put on the side of his desk with our pencils but he didn’t scold us for messing up his furniture because he was also into art. Comic books especially Classics Illustrated and DC comics (Marvel came later) inspired us a lot to dabble into art. Joe Kubert was a favorite and so was Russ Manning. In our own culture, we also followed Filipino artists like Francisco Coching and Nestor Redondo.

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Portrait drawing by Angus Wilkins

Portrait drawing by Angus Wilkins

As I Am: self-portrait from life

I’ve been on this earth for 18 years and been drawing and painting for probably 90% of those. I’m thankful I begin early in life, I believe I had an innate affinity for art which grew into an obsession and desire for mastery that hasn’t left me.

Being able to make art is like having a superpower, one that lets you create illusions of reality using merely a pencil or a loaded brush.

When portrait drawing, it’s vital to capture the subject’s unique subtleties and proportions since the amalgamation of these create a likeness. I’m always missing the mark on these. My submission, for example, has errors like one eye being too high and my forehead being too short.

These days I’m keen to develop my life drawing skills since I understand its importance, giving the artist a true understanding of the subject’s 3D form, as appose to a photo which is 2D and only reveals what the photographer wants. In addition, I want to understand the nuances of perspective, anatomy and figure drawing.

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Artwork by Seida Aalaiy

Artwork by Seida Aalaiy

I am a man with great appetite for learning and creating new artistic works.

The art of my life is in a traditional style.

My challenge in art is to create a new style in my traditional arts. Creating a new language for the transfer of old traditional concepts.

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