There is magic every time an artist holds his pencil and starts drawing on a blank piece of paper.
There are simply no boundaries and limits to what an artist can do! Artists pour out their emotions and feelings on canvas and these emotions can be understood by those admiring their creations. This is the way how we communicate, our way of expression and interpretation of life.
Art is our passion. We don't feel time when we are deeply focused on our creations. It brings us ultimate joy when we've finished our piece. It's common for artists to spend hundreds of hours in honing and improving their art. Whether it be through pencil, oil, pastel, tattoo, airbrush or digital art, you can't become a master overnight. It takes many years of experience to accurately translate what you have in mind into an image on paper.
Let's accept the reality that some of us will never reach a superstar status with a gazillion followers and likes Instagram and Facebook.
It's quite a humbling experience to know that these humble premiere artist will always lend a hand and help a budding artist like you and me with our craft. There is a lot of collaboration in the artist community and we are all very thankful for that.
Today, come with me as we go on a journey with of one of the SUPERSTARS today in traditional art. We will delve into his humble beginnings, inspirations and success as an artist.
Meet Dino Tomic, otherwise known as AtomiccircuS on Deviant Art. This artist radiates with pure awesomeness as he regularly shares his work with his fans around the world on social media.
He calls this entry to his blog as "Evolution of my Art".
Take a look at these drawings when Dino was a young boy at 8 years old. His aunt and uncle kept these drawings safe and gave them to Dino as a gift!
At around 11 years old, his Grandma encouraged Dino to use his talent and gave him her nod to draw wherever he wanted. So he did, and Dino decorated her walls with big Digimon drawings that are still displayed proudly to guests up to this day. Although the wall was repainted may times, his grandma was very careful not to damage the drawings.
At age 16, Dino went to art school. He met a lot of fellow artists that had better skill than he had at that time. He said that it was the right school for him and was a breath of inspiration.
At age 17, Dino set a personal goal that he will become the best known artist in any art medium by the age of 26. Most of his work this year is school related. His friends encouraged him to become a tattoo artist because of the tattoo designs he made for them.
At 18, Dino finished High School and started College years and started Bachelor in arts. He also started to tattoo this years and made star, tribal and name tattoos. He felt bored at school and found that making tattoos challenging.
At age 19, Dino gave himself a challenge. The challenge was to do 1 drawing/painting/tattoo per day with no days off. He wanted to make his art as his priority above everything else. This commitment in my opinion pushed Dino to explore his limits. His mindset and behavior was critical to his success as we can see on his creations after his personal commitment the warp jump in his level.
Dino even increased the number of drawings up to 4 per day! He still has all these drawings packed safety and stored in his house.
At age 21, Dino started painting with oils on canvas. He did a lot of monsters because he thought they were really fun to do. He experimented a lot of different color combinations, but ended up using water based oil colors because they are a good mix and regular oils and acrylic.
At 22, Dino tried his hand at airbrushing. He made car hoods as his canvas. :)
He did a great job at it right! But after a short time, Dino thought that airbrushing is an interesting medium, but stopped using it after a short time.
It was a big year for him and his passion shifted into high gear. He did over 300 paintings from what he learned from the dvd's of Bob Ross.
He keenly watched each episode and recreated almost all of his paintings. Dino learned not to become stressed but rather take time to enjoy his art.
But Dino wasn't finished yet. Aside from the airbrushing and paintings, he was doing tattoos almost every day! His focus was set, 1 tattoo, 1 painting, or 1 drawing per day.
When Dino graduated from college that year, his final project was a tattoo that stretched from the foot to the hip on one of his friends. This was the first time this was ever done in his school. Cool!
At age 23, Dino started producing digital artwork with Photoshop cs5 and Intuos 4. The change from oils to digital was amazing! There was no restrictions on the his color choices and gave him the ability to produce all kinds of art.
His love for monster pictures was enhanced while working with digital art. He created more than 300 digital paintings that year.
In between digital painting sessions, Dino took a paint brush and painted a wall or 2. He also opened his own tattoo shop in Notodden / Norway.
At age 24, Dino took a break from Photoshop and did 3 portraits with an everyday regular pencil. He didn't expect the reaction of his followers to his work.These 2 photos went viral after a few days.
Dino added color to his drawings to make them more realistic.
He then started to start the biggest project of his life - 6 large scale family portraits. It took Dino 500+ hours to complete these using techniques he has learned along the way.
At age 26, Dino has mesmerized thousands of artists around the world.
He is still young and absorbs techniques like a sponge. Its a great time for artists to follow his art. We love how Dino shares his knowledge through teaching and sharing his own techniques. A great trait to see with an artist of his caliber.
Here are samples of Dino Tomic's his art for 2014 and 2015.
Keep the flame Burning Dino!