Hello fellow deviants...
Life can be tough, sometimes unbearable. Lord knows I know. The one friend, however, that was always there for me during my ups and downs was art. Art has always been loyal, dependable, and enjoyable. It inspires me to push my craft/skill to the next level and expands my imagination to higher limits. Art is there when I wake up. Art is there when I go to sleep. In short, art is not only just a friend, It is a part of me. For the past few years I slacked off of doing artwork and replaced it with friends, relationships, work, and the everyday hustle of life. Years pass and I had not drawn or painted in so long I almost forgot that I could. One day, I felt depressed as we all do from time to time and the urge to draw and paint stirred from within. It truly came out of nowhere, and once again that itch to create touched the deepest parts of my soul. It was only then I realized that I abandoned my only true friend and my inspiration. Recently, I began to draw constantly and to my surprise, art was waiting for me to create just as it did years ago. Returning to my creative roots is like being reunited with a long lost friend and it feels great.
Even when I would doodle something on a scratch sheet of paper, people would always ask me..."why the hell aren't you making a living off of your talent?", or, "if I had an ounce of your talent, I would be raking in money." But you fellow artists know that it's not all about making money or pimping your talent. Sometimes you just have that itch to create a piece without knowing what the hell you want to create or where to start. What's funny to me is that an artist work sometimes comes out completely different that what they envisioned. This is the very essence of art isn't it not? To create, to change what you originally planed, and to improvise and not give up when you mess up is all part of being an artist. They say that art imitates life but to an artist, it's the exact opposite. To anyone out there who was born with the ability to draw, paint, take pictures, or photoshop a mixture of medias, I urge you to continue. Don't ever forsake the friend that was always there for you when you were standing tall and when you were knocked down. Art is a part of you and your works are meant to awe, inspire, and enlighten it's audience.
I came across this website a few months ago and saw all the wonderful artwork displayed on here and it encouraged me to finally share some of my own. I hope you fellow deviants will enjoy my work as I enjoyed yours.
Peace...love...and hair grease,
Narrokai a.k.a Christopher Russell