The only thing I had going for me was my love of art and a determination to become good.
Ever since I was a kid I’ve been interested in drawing. Despite not being very good at it – it was one of my favorite things to do.
But unfortunately as I grew up, life’s responsibility got in the way and I had less and less free time. Eventually, I had to give it up altogether.
It wasn’t until I was much older that I finally decided to pursue my passion and start drawing again. I thought that it would be a great way for me to creatively express myself.
I always admired those who could realistically capture people’s facial expressions, so I thought I would try my hand at it. My goal was to be able to create portraits of my family and friends …and hang them up in my house.
Of course I eventually wanted to learn how to draw from real life and even from my imagination. But I knew that as a beginner, it would be best to master portrait drawing using photographs as my subjects.
And so I started to practice …
But without any guidance, all I could do was draw …and draw …and draw …and hope that I would get better.
It was a painfully frustrating process.
My artistic attempts would go a little something like this: