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  • Writer's pictureSarah Loutfi

Kit's House - An Origin Story

Like many other artists, I've always enjoyed drawing. Doing art has always been a lot of fun for me. My family always loved my art, so my first unpaid 'commissioned' pieces were from them. Having them like and be interested in my drawings was definitely my first extrinsic motivation for creating art. Up until then, I think I was just drawing for fun.

In grade 11, I took the only upper level art class my high school offered. I had already decided on a career path that would land me in the sciences, but I couldn't really let go of my artistic journey. I learned a lot of new techniques over the summer, some of which 'stuck' and others which I let go of as soon as the class was over.

I was certainly not the 'best' artist in the class. There was one guy who definitely was better than I was (if this story sounds familiar and you're still out there, I'm still chasing your skill level :'-D). Anyway, after I blew through the course curriculum, I was able to begin my final piece for the year which was a drawing of my choice. I decided to make my final work a poster sized painting of Stitch (from the movie Lilo and Stitch). At the time it was my favourite Disney story and I wanted a poster to decorate my room.

The poster came together really nicely. Even though I was using those questionable watercolour bricks that everyone uses in classroom (I am sure you know the ones I mean) with a limited palette, I was able to mix colours really well and ended up with this amazing poster at the end.

When it was done, it was a show stopper. I got a perfect grade and the teacher asked (on behalf of a student from another class) whether I was open to selling the work. I said no, I had completed the work for myself. It was not for sale. By the time we went to collect the pieces at the end of the year, the poster had gone missing.

Ironically, I wasn't that mad. I could make the poster again if I really wanted to. I was actually kind of stoked that someone liked the poster enough to want to take it. This was my second extrinsic reward for creating art. What happened kind of stunk, but at the same time, I was pretty happy with the end piece, I got my grade, and I made someone pretty happy with that poster. Honestly that's all I really want with my art. To get better, be happy with my work and make other people happy (I mean I wouldn't be mad if I made some money on the side too, but a job well done is enough).

From that point forward I was hooked on art. I tried to learn from books, but whether from a lack of direction or feedback I didn't feel like I was really learning anything new or getting ahead. I started painting and drawing things I saw other artists had done online, trying to absorb their techniques. It was sort of like doing master studies. Painting became my new favourite medium of choice and I really liked digging into the canvas and moulding the shapes into existence rather than drawing them outright. Until my house was too full of canvases and making art stopped.

Thats when I made my switch to digital art, and that's where I am today. I'm just figuring out my style, what I want to say with my art and honestly still just trying to mould shapes out of paint, it's just digital paint these days. :-)



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