As a child I never thought of being an artist, yes I liked to draw random things back then. However, what I really want when I grow up is to be a fashion designer. Technically it’s still art, however, it’s different from the art that I’m in now.
Back then, I loved sewing and creating a dress for my dolls. I draw dresses that look so awful even my mom laughs at them. I always draw and create yet how come I never saw myself as an artist? Well, I just haven’t found the trigger yet.
Anime as starters
I first started to get into Anime when I was in grade 6, my friend introduced me to Fairy Tail. Back then I really wanted to try and draw Juvia, a character from the series, it was a lot of trial and error. I still remember I couldn’t draw her eyes straight so I just traced her. I put the paper above the CD where the character is printed and traced, I’m proud of that because it’s a start.
As high school started, I met friends who had similar hobbies. One of them encourages me to draw as we have a dream and that is to make a comic. And I told her that I can’t draw, I can only trace, however, she believes that I can draw so I started to try. We only became classmates for 1 year because she moved out of Bulacan yet she left with inspiration and a dream.
Ever since then, I started copying instead of tracing. It’s such a slow pace and I don’t know how to draw correctly because no one taught me. I try to imitate the style of other artists, trying out pencil shading and eventually learning how to color through color pencil. Every single day I will finish one drawing, it was so cool and I don’t know how I did that.
Art Slump and Reconnection
The art slump happened during senior high school, life is so busy, that I have little to no time to draw. I can only sketch, leaving my colored pencil to dust. Honestly speaking, at the time I didn’t know what to do in my life. I want to pursue a course related to art yet we can’t afford it. I think I’m having a life crisis back then, to the point that I can’t make decent art and even got a drawing tablet as a graduation gift yet I can’t use it. It continued until college, not creating anything just going with the flow of life, and then the pandemic happened.
It’s a slow pace however, I had more time to explore new things. I studied how to draw digitally using my tablet. This time, I make my art, not tracing, not copying, I use references like any other artist. I learned so much and improved a lot, although I’m far from being a professional artist I’m proud of where I am now. Reconnecting with my passion is one of the best decisions I made in my life.
Slow progress is still progress, take your time
Rosemarie is a writer and an artist, She developed a passion for arts at a young age, inspired by the Japanese animation that she frequently watches which also sparked her love for writing. Her arts and writings became her special way of expressing her feelings as she's not really good with words. Most of her time were spend on either honing her digital drawing skills, watching anime, or gaming.