Semester One Sketches

Nowadays, it seems like anyone can call himself or herself an artist. This type of individual will take mediocre photos shot on a smartphone, spend 10 minutes playing with a monochrome filter (“the contrast just needs to be perfect!”, point to a random word in the dictionary for a TITLE (and write this in at least one other language to show he/ she is truly, unattainably worldly), and – just like magic!- suddenly becomes an artist.

There was a time when being an artist required years – if not decades, or a full lifetime – of commitment to a craft, where endless hours were spent hunched over a table covered with papers or sketchbooks, with trays of watercolors and ink or gold acrylic paint piled high, and a half dozen brushes of various sizes within arm’s reach…

I’d like to think I fall into the second category of artists… but maybe at the end of the day, I’m also just an equally 装-BARTISTA!”

A collection of sketches from the first quarter of my Peace Corps Experience (July 2016 – December 2016)

Ms. Mi’s Wedding
YeYe’s horse
Close up
Mogao Grotto
Self Portrait (Van Gogh)

Disclaimer: All opinions shared in this blog are the author’s own, and do not represent the views of any outside organization, including but not limited to the United States Government and the Peace Corps.


2 thoughts on “Semester One Sketches

  1. Lu February 23, 2017 / 3:13 am

    I like your work. What medium do you use?

    • rubacuori February 23, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Thank you! Mostly watercolor, some pens and pencil too

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