This is a question from formspring.me. Go ask me something!
Have you ever had art classes or did you learn on your own? ‘Cause you’re pretty good!
Thank you! And the answer is both! My mother was a middle school art teacher (just retired), so I was surrounded by art my whole life. My bathroom back home is decorated by watercolor paintings I did when I was 2 years old – basically just blobs, but my mom thinks it’s as good as some modern art. My own house doesn’t have such nostaligic ‘art’, rather some classic art pieces alongside colorful wallpaper. As I am surrounded by art all the time, I find that decorating too much of my house with too much art overpowers my living space. I was an introverted kid, so I would always sit around and draw for fun. People who knew about my artistic ability always thought my mom sat me down and trained me, but she really didn’t. I was way too stubborn to listen to her then, and I mostly figured it out on my own. If I was that young now and looking to explore and adventure in my artistic abilities you’d probably find me wanting something like these DIY diamond paint kits and other creative mediums to experiment with, and that wasn’t by my mothers doing. But if I did want advice on how to make something look better or more realistic, she was there for the tips.
Lift-off painting of Jude Law I did during my sophomore year of high school. Had no idea who he was at the time, just found a pretty magazine photograph of him.
Oil painting and colored pencils are my favorite medium. And if you can’t figure it out, I love drawing people. And yep, this one is a self portrait.
My mom was actually my art teacher from 6th through 8th grade, which was a little awkward in the beginning (especially since it took everyone forever to figure out that she was my mom!). At the time I was annoyed that she graded me tougher than the other students, but in the end it made me a better artist. My high school art teacher was wonderful too – she was so spunky and creative, and had a good mix of teaching skills and encouraging creativity. I took AP Studio Art my senior year, with a class size of one – I just sat in the corner and painted while another class was going on (by the way, I got a 5 on my exam – woot). And on top of all that, I was the Art Club President for two years. Yep, I was more of an art geek than a science nerd!
I haven’t updated my art much since high school, but if you want to check out my other stuff, I have an old deviantART page.