I started out as a self-taught drawer and photographer, but I took a variety of art classes throughout my schooling, joined art clubs and often visited galleries, art museums and painting classes. I'm very familiar with traditional arts such as etchings, drawings, paintings and sculptures. I also have experience with drawing, painting and designing on computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements, Gimp, SAI Paint, etc. I have no experience with developing and the traditional form of photography, but I have an eye for photography and a knack for using digital SLR cameras and the combination DSLR point-and-shoot cameras. I always felt like art could be created when you just jumped right in, but the fundamentals and principles are important, and once those are retained, you can do anything while breaking the rules of art. They have a guy who did that actually; they called him Picasso and he did cubism stuff. My high school art teacher always let me do what I wanted with my projects because she trusted me and knew that my ideas, while complicated and seemingly impossible, would go through and my works would be turned in ahead of time. I love art and there is nothing I love more than creating, especially when I create something that seems like it's too much to handle. Not everybody can have an eye for creativity, but anyone can draw and create. I've seen it happen in all of my art classes, and everybody, even the most unlikeliest of people, create some impressive works. All anybody needs is a teacher that is not what I would say passionate. I would say that a teacher like that eats, breathes and sleeps art. I see art everywhere, and whenever there is something blank in front of me, that is what I call a canvas and I know I have to tag that thing with a forest, a portrait or just about anything that hits me at that moment. Whenever any of my friends have the tiniest interest in drawing (they're often called doodlers) I question their motives and show them anything I can because I love encouraging other people to use the parts of their brain that generate creativity. I'm that person that will bust out a napkin and a sharpie (I'm notorious for carrying drawing utensils everywhere) and start showing someone how to draw. I'm compelled to share art because it's a wonderful subject and I think that it's an all around lovely form of expression. Plus, I always felt that being the artsy kid in the group generates karma, although it can get kind of annoying when everybody asks you to draw them something (except by then, you'll be able to make amazing stuff so when you draw them a tiger's paw on the sidewalk with the edge of a rock, they'll still be impressed).
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