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Illustration: Childhood Inspiration

The one that started it all!

The one that started it all!

It’s quite strange where artistic inspiration emanates from, and in my case it is a tiny charcoal portrait of my young mother, which was drawn somewhere in the Soviet Union when she was a teenager.

This little discarded portrait laid in our family albums for decades untouched, until one random day, I picked it up and took a closer look. I marvelled at the unknown artist’s smooth lines, the smothered shadow patches and the crystal clear eye glitter.

It was a moment of inspiration for me!

I wanted to replicate that, and do it better, but I lacked the motivation and encouragement. Few days later, I found an old photograph of my teenage father in a suit; it was wrinkly, photocopied and all washed out. It was perfect!

Young AliFinding my motivation, I scanned the photo, touched it up, and printed a layout that I can draw from. Few hours later, a couple of pencils in and I had my first portrait. Proud and eager, I took this hobby to the next level, and worked on drawing my family, friends and so on.

It’s so easy to ignore the little things in life, but there is always a chance that one of them will spark something in you.

Something that will stay with you for life.

Tools used: Photoshop, Charcoal, Pencil

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