Artwork by Sadaf
I’m an artist (at least I believe I am). Currently living in U.K. with my son as a single parent. The struggles of life, being a non native English speaker made it all the more fun. I have completed a degree in 3 dimensional design (glass) from MMU in 2013 and since then working towards financial independence and raising my son single handedly. He’s in college now and I day dream of joining the Florence Academy of Arts. I have been trained as a miniature painter and I paint Persian and Indian and Mughal style miniatures in a traditional technique. But I so very desperately want to learn academic / anatomy drawing. With age my passion is getting younger and I can’t help it. I work as a community interpreter and bilingual teacher (can speak and write 4 languages).
Art has saved my life not just literally but in all it’s reality. I have gone through some really tough emotional upheaval so much so that I was in the verge of giving up on my life. I remember the night when I felt the worthless es of my life and while speaking to a Samaritan (suicide phone line) she asked me, “what else you can do … just one thing that you had loved and always want to do ? I replied that I wanted to draw a portrait like Leonardo Da Vinci. She (Samaritan) said, “ok then start drawing whilst I’m on phone and I shall wake up with you till the time you finish the drawing” (God bless her). I started drawing with pastels (only thing I had nearby) and kept on drawing all night. I completed this portrait (of course not like Da Vinci at all) but I was amazed to see my own artwork. Oh wow! I realised that night that, Art is the way… it is my calling. So I have two things in my life that give me hope and great energy and joy I.e. my son and my art 🖼 (love for drawing). Art is my happy place forever and ever and ever.
My romance with Renaissance painters brought me to Old masters academy I would say. I feel that it’s the law of attraction in action at the background and by good synchronicity I ended up at your website. I read each and every article and print them too, so that I could go back for guidance when I need it. I keep it near my pillow and go through the articles every now and then. Needless to say that how much have I learnt through those articles (gratitude 🙏)
My strong intention is to learn (in all its purity) human anatomy and figure drawing with all the savvy of Renaissance masters. The academic drawing taught in Italy, St Petersburg and in China, that’s what’s I dream of learning and practise. I understand that I dream a dream too BIG but that is the only dream that fills.
Me with positive vigour and immense joyful energy. I strongly feel that Old Masters academy is an answer to someone like me who are too eager and passionate to learn the traditional rules and secrets of drawing and only a master can teach them. I don’t believe in self taught learning when it comes to the academic study. Old masters drawing course (video i have seen dozens of times) is a dream come true. As they say that they don’t only teach but do critique as well. Also that one can have a life time connection with the drawing academy teachers and turbots that too in a one to one sessions. I whole heartedly believe that Old Masters Academy is a way for me to get what I so want to achieve I.e. to draw and not only to draw but how to perceive objects and things like artists do.
I want to learn the technique and style of old masters in an authentic way. I find that I can learn in the comfort of my own home (if I’m willing to put serious effort in learning) what I couldn’t learn in an Art college. Guidance is precious and Old masters academy is providing the unique platform for artists who are willing to learn serious drawing skills that Renaissance masters had.
I have a job but I want to be a full time artist and spend the rest of life doing that which is my passion. I want to learn and become what I love. Financial issues have effected many things and have created limitations in our life. My son is in college but is going through depression and I want to spend time with him. I can’t leave him alone and go afar to fulfil ill my own dream currently. It would be a lottery for me if I get the votes. I can start right away, right now. Even the idea of it brings so much joy. I imagine myself drawing on a large scale and that too without fear. There’s a great chance that I can become a full time artist, hire a studio and be who I always want to be, if I win this course. Love and light 🙏✌️