HOW IT ALL BEGAN
I am a self-taught artist who learned how to draw and paint at the age of three. My first drawing was of "Elmo" from Sesame Street. As I grew older, I participated in various art challenges and sought guidance from seasoned art masters and well-known art institutions to further enhance my skills. (Above Picture) Yes, that's me at the age of three, drawing Elmo during my toddler days in New York.
Kesh is a visual raconteur, artist. I attended his drawing camp courses and joined the challenges he developed, including the 100 Days Challenge.
Here's how it works; Draw every day for at least 6 mins/day for 100 Days. I joined the sketching challenge twice in 2000 and 2021, totaling 200 days. The challenge teaches you about consistency and growing with each art piece you make.
I also attended Drawing Camp offered by Kesh.
I previously joined the month-long Jake Parker's Inktober Challenge focused on improving skills and developing positive drawing habits. Jake Parker is an American comic short-story producer, concept designer, cartoonist, and animator. As a set stylist for Blue Sky Studios, Jake contributed to the animated films Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic.
Continuous Line Challenge
Continuous line drawings provide a unique way to help artists develop hand-eye coordination. Continuous line drawings are made by keeping the pen or pencil in contact with the paper for the exercise duration and matching the speed of looking with the speed of drawing. I created several drawings for the Continuous Line Challenge aka One Line Challenge.
I previously joined Ten Hundred Shape Challenge, aka Random Shape Art Challenge, in 2018, where I had to turn an irregular shape into a creation. Peter Robinson of Ten Hundred is an artist from Michigan, who created this challenge. Peter makes sketches, and paintings, and does fun art challenges.
In this challenge, you take random shape forms and begin filling the frames with whatever you can fit into them. There are no set rules to achieving it; take the form and let your creativity take over.
Procreate® – Sketch, Paint, Create.
Procreate is a raster graphics editor app for digital painting developed and published by Tasmanian software company Savage Interactive for iOS and iPadOS. It was launched on the App Store in 2011. I taught myself how to use Procreate in 2018; I have created many artworks using Procreate App, from digital images and portraits to Children's Books.
I moved to Taipei in 2020 and studied Traditional Chinese two years for one year at the National Taipei University of Education and another year at Shih Chien University Chinese Language Center.
Song Binghui is a seasoned artist, organizes his own exhibitions in the Asia region with a vast following, who trained me for Oil Painting, Chinese Watercolor, Calligraphy, Still Life Drawing in his studio in 2020 and 2021. He applies diverse art methods to define the continuity of a sketch and the essence of the scenes. His art reveals and combines tradition and contemporary with an entirely different style.
I practice my Oil Painting techniques by watching Bob Ross' official Youtube channel. Bob Ross, aka Robert Norman Ross, was a well-known oil paint artist who had his own TV show from 1983 - 1994.
I decided to recreate The Grandeur of Summer Painting. I will share the progress soon so be on the lookout!
In my much younger days; I always was interested in beautiful design, making handcrafted items with my hands.
CROCHET: In 2019 I created some dolls, adorable tiny foods, fruits, hats, handbags utilizing crochet. I had an interest in making mini amigurumi items and referenced Lauren Espy's works.
PERLER BEADS: At the age of nine, I started to make Perler Beads. All the designs created were collected online. It helped me to improve my hand-eye coordination and learn color styles.
HANDMADE DOLLS: I handmade dolls in 2015. My first handmade doll was named “Brownie,” made from old clothing and buttons. My latest handmade doll was a crocheted fox called “Foxy”.
FELT TOYS: I created Felt Toys in 2016, utilizing felt fabrics, and taught myself how to sew. Later I used the felt toys created in my Stop Motion Animation Project.
RAINBOW LOOM: I made several Rainbow Loom creations in 2017, referencing Cortney Nicole.
OUTDOOR ART: I ventured out of my comfort zone and applied my drawing and painting skills to outdoor items such as a deck to add color and fun, using various Exterior Wood paints.
MOSAIC ART: In 2021, I experimented with making my own mosaic lamp.
BEADED JEWELRY: I started making necklaces with stone, shell, bones, glass, plastic, wood, and pearl in 2022, learning from masters through their online workshops.
CUSTOMIZED SNEAKERS: I customized sneakers to represent images of Alice in Wonderland using leather paint in 2022.
CROSS STITCH UNIF BAG: I made UNIF Stitch Bag inspired by a needlepoint kit from the '70s called Ecology Tote Bag by Columbia Minerva in 2022.
POTTERY: Pottery, a timeless and universally beloved art form, revolves around creating practical and visually appealing objects using clay that has been strengthened through heat. In 2012, I had the privilege of receiving training from Özay Korkmazgil.
I joined Taipei Shih Chien University Continuous Learning Center with Adobe Courses, consisting of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and received my Adobe certification. Shih Chien is considered one of the top schools in the field of Art & Design in Taiwan and the world and is ranked the #7 university ranking by Global Views.
THE ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
I attended PCAE Art Experience at the Academy of Art University, an art and design education program. I completed courses for Summer 2021. My Portfolio at the Academy of Art University can be accessed at this link. The classes I took:
AE 33 OL10: Introduction to Illustration
AE 60 OL3: Painting: Still Life
AE ANM33 OL3: Exploring Animation
Shih Chien Fashion COURSE IN TAIWAN
I completed Fashion Design Course in 2021 from Taipei Shih Chien University. The program develops skills for the fashion design industry. The purpose is to bring students who have little to no fashion experience to complete a personal collection. They teach everything from basic sewing skills to the applications of industrial knowledge.
Lessons Completed: Fashion Design, Apparel Construction, Fashion Illustration, Textile Design, and Color.
Lessons Completed: Fashion Design, Apparel Construction, Fashion Illustration, Textile Design, and Color.
PUPPETEER ADAM KREUTINGER
In early 2021, I sparked interest in how to make a hand puppet. I examined online references, viewed various Youtube videos on the topic, and found Adam Kreutinger to be the most straightforward on to making customized puppets. As a result, along with the knowledge I gained through my fashion education, I created Monica The Puppet, which currently performs at Puppetwood Comedy and visits schools on request.
I previously joined The 100 Heads Challenge by the prior instructor at Art Center College of Design, World Winner at Limits Digital Art Battle, Concept designer of Guild Wars 2 Ahmed Aldoori.
Currently, I am working on my professional illustrator and concept artist skills in the concept art industry and taking Med's Map Digital Painting Course designed by Mr. Aldoori. The program consists of Rendering Form, Rendering Cubes, Skull, Skulls with no reference, Facial features, secret shapes, and ratios, Color Appeal, Value Technique, Alla, Prima Direct Painting, Stylized Painting, Master studies, Studying real faces, Shape Design, Appealing Art, Intro to Concept Art, Character Portraits, Staging Your Characters, Composition: Understanding Tension, Focal Points, Rhythm, & Composition, Masks and Gold, Tiefling Portrait.
I graduated from Aydin Zubeyde Hanim Technical Girls Vocational School, where I received CorelDRAW courses. The school began its education in 1944 and was named after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's mother.
Aydin Zubeyde Hanim Technical Girls Vocational School
I graduated from Aydin Zubeyde Hanim Technical Girls Vocational School's Graphic Design Program. I completed many courses in this vocational school, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustration, CorelDRAW, Human Anatomy, Still Life Drawing, and Perspective.
ARTIST ASUMAN DOKUZLU
Asuman Dokuzlu, a graduate of Izmir Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Painting Department, had the opportunity to learn from renowned artists such as Adem Genç, Cuma Ocaklı, Feyzi Saydam, and Mümtaz Sağlam.
In 2021 and 2022, I had the privilege of receiving art tutoring from Asuman Dokuzlu, a Turkish painter from Aydin. She further pursued her artistic journey in both the Netherlands and Turkey, showcasing her talent through numerous exhibitions in both countries.
Mehmet Cetin serves as the head of the graphic and photography department at Aydin Zubeyde Hanim School. I had the opportunity to participate in Mehmet Cetin's weekend classes, where I honed my skills in Human Anatomy and Still Life Imagery using live student models.
TEZHIP ILLUMINATION ART
In 2021, I embarked on Tezhip classes under the guidance of Muzehhibe Elif Aydin at Cihanoglu Kulliyesi. The institution, established in 1756, showcases the magnificent Ottoman Baroque style along with its intricate decorations.
During Tezhip classes, artists utilize a needle to meticulously trace their designs onto paper, which is then affixed to a sturdy boxwood or zinc base. The perforated paper is carefully positioned on the material to be decorated, and the holes are filled with a sticky, black powder. Once the paper is removed, the captivating design remains. The motif is then enriched and adorned with gold leaf or paint.
In 2022, I had the privilege of studying under renowned artist Gultekin Ruzgar, who is based in Aydın and renowned for creating exquisite fine art pieces. Alongside creating and exhibiting his own work, Ruzgar offers private lessons at his studio, even generously contributing to various social initiatives by donating his pieces. His work, such as the "Road to the Sun" sculpture gifted to Kuşadası Municipality
I started Animation Mentor in August 2022. The school concentrates on the art of 3D character animation and prepares students to create the kind of animation that entertainment studios want. Animation Mentor has the most studio-diverse mentors, with Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, and ILM animators.
Animation Mentor uses a wide range of software for its courses and workshops. The ones I used: My Files Pipeline - Artella Drive, Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Procreate, Keyframe MP.
Anima Okul, located in Istanbul, offers education in several areas including 3D Animated Film Production, Rendering, Compositing, Modeling, Game Design, Character and Concept Design. The school also provides guidance in learning software applications such as Houdini, Maya, Unreal, ZBrush, and Toon Boom. I have had the opportunity to participate in various animation courses offered by this institution.Anima Okul combines Anima Istanbul's 25 years of experience and knowledge with experience. Anima Okul also provides internships to the top of the class in all 6-month training and all students in 1-year training for the projects like Zeynep and Adis. In this way, this helps participants transform their technical knowledge into practical knowledge.
Pottery is an enduring and universally embraced art form, creating functional and aesthetically pleasing items from clay. Anisa Ozalp gained training from Özay Korkmazgil, an accomplished ceramic artist known for his workshop Atelye Sır in 2023. Korkmazgil views pottery as a therapeutic practice that fosters creativity and emotional well-being, promoting a sense of calm and stress relief.
The Institut Français is a French public industrial and commercial organization (EPIC). It is responsible for promoting French culture and language around the world. Currently, I am taking classes there to improve my French.
You can watch and learn how I made some of my art by watching the Speedpaint videos and more on my Youtube channel. You can also let me know if you need to commission an artwork.
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