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My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 11:58pm On Sep 28
Hello nairalanders, call me Teesha (pronounced as "teacher"). I've created this thread to share my progress story (and photos of course) as a pencil artist.

Let me begin with a brief introduction. Like wrote earlier i'm TeeSha (nickname my parents gave to me), i'm a Forensic Scientist (B.Sc Hons)......in my early twenties, highly introverted.
I think that's enough intro for now. Lets get to my humble beginings.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 12:06am On Sep 29
I've always loved anything art, born in an art inclined family. Most time, during a boring class in high school, i'd try to sketch something in my note. Below is a photo of one of my earlies sketches.

This was done around 2010 back in high school....abeg no laugh...its my humble beginning.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 12:14am On Sep 29
Here's another done around the same period. Saved thes photo's in a PC.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 12:28am On Sep 29
So the above sketches were made with regular classroom HB pencils. At that time, i knew little about technique.
I got really interested around October 2016. I was on break when I came across an art magazine....and fell in love anew. I immediately went online (what can we do without google?), and learnt about the pencil range (12H to 12B), types (charcoal, graphite), and even oil painting.
I located the nearest art store (about 60kms away) and got some pencils, 2H, 2B, 4B and 6B, to start practicing with.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 12:54am On Sep 29
If you noticed, my last drawing is without a head. Yes i sucked at drawing the human face, so i knew i had to deal with it. I did that by learning how to draw the parts (eyes, nose, mouth) individually. Then i combined what i learnt.....and got this.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 1:13am On Sep 29
And thus my journey began. I decided to start with A4 papers (i learnt that there were different drwaing papers which gave different finishes).
My first was a shirtless picture. I was beginning to learn the ropes of shading.
This was done around January 2017.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by uboma(m): 8:32am On Sep 29
@ TeeSha, you have good drawing skills.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 10:52am On Sep 29
uboma:
@ TeeSha, you have good drawing skills.

Thanks.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 11:02am On Sep 29
After about a month, tried to do another. Still on A4 paper with my few pencils.
When i think back from now, i realised i lacked patience. Which is a requirement as an artist.
Here goes.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 11:13am On Sep 29
At this point, i decided to step up a bit. So around August 2017 (after like 4months without practice, due to time spent on my project work), i decided to do a work for someone, i joined 2 A4 papers to get a larger size of paper.
Unlike previous works whick took less than for hours, this one took me six hours. 3 hours per day for two days (had to rest my eye).

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 11:18am On Sep 29
After the previous sketch, i was very hopeful. It looked so real, and i almost thought i'd "arrived". Later realized i had not even started.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 4:19pm On Sep 29
I later did another large sketch a month later, of which i can't find the photo (i'd upload as soon as i uncover it)
Then, in the first week of December, decided to do something for my eldest sis.
I learnt to use the grid method for accuracy and applied it to this Christmas drawing. The size is 20" by 16" and it took me two whole weeks (weekends inclusive).

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 9:31pm On Sep 30
TeeSha:
I later did another large sketch a month later, of which i can't find the photo (i'd upload as soon as i uncover it.

Finally found the photo. This was done on two and half A4 papers cellotaped together. It took about 6 hours.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 9:39pm On Sep 30
That was it for the year 2017. I found out a branch of art....Hyper-realism....i decided to adopt the style.
I also met an artist on facebook by name Chuka. He's ahead of me and i always view his art when i need inspiration.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 9:51pm On Sep 30
My aunt's birthday was upcoming on March (this year) and she asked for a portrait. I was feeling lazy and had little time (i started working). But had to do it for aunt.
So one day at work, took out an A4 sheet and my pencils (they're always in my backpack) and tried to sketch from one of her photo's.
Took me two days and a total of two hours (its hard to concentrate while clients keep coming in).
So, here goes.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 9:50pm On Oct 01
Next was my nephew. The photo i had of him was not really clear, so i had to do a lot of rounding up. It still turned out well.
Done on an A4 sheet.....around April.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by Aimwest(m): 11:21am On Oct 03
Wow following
Also teaching my self artwork and I will appreciate it if you and I together with other artist( beginner or pro) can form a WhatsApp group.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 4:51pm On Oct 07
Aimwest:
Wow following
Also teaching my self artwork and I will appreciate it if you and I together with other artist( beginner or pro) can form a WhatsApp group.
Nice idea.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 4:56pm On Oct 07
Next was this A4 portrait of my cousin. In four hours....for her birthday around june.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 9:47pm On Oct 07
And then......around July, i started one of my best works yet, for a friend on facebook.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 9:51pm On Oct 07
I spent a lot of time on this particular work....about 3days (didn't count the hours)...and i achieved a degree of hyperrealism.
Complete piece coming soon.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by betboyforever: 1:49pm On Oct 08
Nice one.. Keep up the good work and never stop learning to improve.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 2:20pm On Oct 08
betboyforever:
Nice one.. Keep up the good work and never stop learning to improve.
Thanks.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 2:26pm On Oct 08
This is the completed piece. There's no feeling better than what you get when you stare at a good handwork of yours.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by betboyforever: 6:17pm On Oct 08
TeeSha:

Thanks.

You are welcome.

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by Numero9: 9:09am On Oct 09
Good work you have there. pls add me to any Art or drawing whatsapp group 07064774565

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Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 4:53pm On Oct 10
Well, lets do some throw-back. Remember the pencil sketch of a man in towel above? I decided to try my hands on biro. And i figured the best way is to do a work i've done already.
Did this around August 2017.....my first (and currently-only) biro work.....here goes.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by EpicMaurice(m): 5:53pm On Oct 10
TeeSha:
Well, lets do some throw-back. Remember the pencil sketch of a man in towel above? I decided to try my hands on biro. And i figured the best way is to do a work i've done already.
Did this around August 2017.....my first (and currently-only) biro work.....here goes.
you really tried.
Ballpoint pen drawing is really tough.
I've tried learning it before but I gave up
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 7:13pm On Oct 10
EpicMaurice:

you really tried.
Ballpoint pen drawing is really tough.
I've tried learning it before but I gave up

Thanks.....i've not tried it again. I intend to achieve a certain level of expertise in pencil before delving fully into biro. I feel the better i am with pencil, the better i'd be when i use the pen.
Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 4:10am On Oct 12
August 2nd, started this new work. 10" by 10....graphite on cardboard.

Re: My Pencil And I: My Journey As A Self:taught Artist. by TeeSha(m): 11:02am On Oct 13
Progress shot.

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