Before and After by an Old Masters Academy student
As long as I can remember, I was a creative child. I have drawn with graphite pencil since I was three years old.
Whenever I have a pencil in my hand, I draw. I draw everywhere, on any surface—in exercise books, in my school and college notebooks—they are all full of scribbles. I drew on walls in my grandmother’s living room.
I still draw everywhere; my boyfriend is laughing at me because I draw on napkins every time we go out, or in his planner.
I scribble on the backs of gas bills and bank statements. Simply put, I love to draw.
I love drawing portraits and animals. I attended some workshops where we were learning to draw portraits from photos. The first portrait is drawn in one of those workshops.
I always thought that oil painting is for the professionals. That’s why I have never even tried to paint.
A few years ago I bought a set of twelve oil paints and got ready to paint canvases of various sizes, but I never touched them, as I had no idea how to start painting. They were put aside in the garage till the right moment, and every time I saw them I felt guilty.
I’m so happy that I won the Old Masters Academy Art Competition and my long-awaited dream have come true—I started to learn painting from the best oil painting course I have ever found on the internet.
What was especially exciting is that I could start the course with even my set of twelve colors. I was eager to start painting portraits.
I am especially proud of myself that I managed combine my college study (my parents insisted on me getting the BPharm degree) with learning painting online.
I have always been a diligent student; that’s why I consider studying online as important as studying in the university. I make notes and do exercises and watch videos on Rembrandt’s and Titian’s techniques multiple times. I also watched lessons on the color theory many times, and I do color swatches. And, of course, I paint!
I would like to become a great painter and be able to create paintings of museums quality I’m going to become a full-time painter after my graduation. (Don’t ask me why I can’t quit college—it’s too personal, and I have strong obligations to my parents, as I am their only child. I’m a late child. My mum was forty-five and my dad was fifty-five when they gave birth to me).
I’m a happy student who wants to play big.
Thank you, Old Masters Academy.