Everyone used to say that I have been blessed with a talent of imitating things exactly on the paper. They believe that I have this talent because god has gifted me with this when I was born. Few things are correct in their believing, but in few things they are wrong. It is true my talent of imitating things on the canvas is something that god has gifted me and I am highly grateful to him, but the way I do it is not the same as it was the time when I was child. Although bit confusing, but real. the fact is that my parents made me join art classes when I was kid as they got to know about my talent which was something best on their part. So I give first credit to my parents who considered the importance of my talent and did every possible effort to improve and encourage it.
After being trained in these drawing and painting classes, my parents shifted me to evening art classes that I used to attend after my school and then college. It is true that attending full time classes with studies is not possible for everyone, so in order to keep me going with my talent, they too this decision and I think they were best at it. A well established art institute with professional trainers was something that was quite impressing. There are so many things that these professionals made me learn:
The first thing I learnt was the way of drawing a structure.
I was told that a good idea can only be turned in a wonderful art piece only when artist create it by heart and not with the intention of just completing the task. In any art piece, there lies a heart and soul of an artist which directly reaches the viewer.
Next thing I learnt was that ignoring structure in the painting is doing something without any plan. Structure is like a blueprint of any creation. It can be said as the vision that you want your art piece to look like. Reaching there without any plan or structure is absolutely impossible.
In the beginning, we were made to paint something from a photograph or already existing pictures as it made easy for us to simple reproduce which already exists.
Something that is considered imperative in painting is asking yourself what is the star of your picture. There is something in the picture or photograph that attracts any artist and his prime focus stays there. It could be lips, eyes, chins of nose of any portrait.
Rest of things are considered as the supporting things that are also important and cannot be neglected, but an artist keep his complete concentration on the real star and try to make it the best.
There are so many other things that I get to know by attending regular evening art classes and my experience is quite positive. I learned a lot and still learning as I believe learning never ends.