The Drive to Create - The GEN Z Doodler

To suppress my creative drive is to drive my mind into insanity. Ever since I could remember, I’ve always looked for outlets to exhibit my random outbursts of creativity. For I if fail to flow in harmony, I might just sink into the dark, obscure abyss of depression. I’m seventeen now, but my journey in this particular craft began much earlier. There comes a time, when you stop reading the books of another, and start writing your own. My time came, as I recall, at the age of 14. As the vigorous drive of inspiration flooded my veins, I blotted ink on paper. Art was something my gut always tingled for. The sense of accomplishment at the end of an artwork was always imperial. Always overwhelming.

Videography is another passion I shared. As I wriggled down the rabbit hole of YouTube at that time; artists, singers, vloggers and animators showcasing their skills and ambition; I thought to myself, I should give this a try.

I borrowed my mother’s old Samsung and began filming my creative process as I drew, outlined and colored my piece of art. With time, I found my style was Doodling. Fun little characters, in all shapes and sizes, with all sorts of emotions cracked upon their faces. It was a sort of intensified version of your scribbles on the side of that boring textbook you study. This style allowed me to express almost anything. It was simple and lovable. I adored the ability to exercise my color combination skills in this form of art.
Nothing extraordinary. Neither the art nor the video had any significance. But I did it anyway. With time my skills sharpened. The sagacity of my color blending got better. The details I etched into my characters grew intricate.

And then, on the 28th of July, 2017, I began a YouTube channel. - Channel name- InukaLogy - MY CHANNEL

I spent many golden hours working on its design and editing my videos. As my audience grew larger and my skills grew finer, I convinced my parents to get me a set of alcohol-based markers. And they did. An artist is as only as good as his skills? Oh, no. An artist’s true skill is never manifested unless he has the best material to work with.

I felt like I could paint galaxies with those markers. The gargantuan supernovae embedded within the fabric of spacetime seemed insignificant in comparison to the brilliance of these colors. And yet again, with God’s grace, in my ninth grade, I won a scholarship from my alma mater, St. Peter’s college. I didn’t have to pay school fees for a year due to the progress in my studies. I, being a generous cheeky git, troubled my parents to use the cash I had saved to get myself a legitimate video camera. With much persuasion, they did.
As time passed, my videos became professional. The quality of my art as well as my videography seemed refined. I filmed better, with better angles and finer quality. 

The video that I’m most satisfied with is,

I started doodling on larger sheets of paper. I expanded my choice of characters and colors. All in all, I may not have a significant audience on YouTube; but the sense of doing something, anything, is what kept my craft and channel running. That sense of accomplishment that awaits at the end of an artwork and a video is as always, imperial. Always overwhelming.

Inuka de Silva,
Gr. 12 (Maths Stream)
St. Peter’s college, colombo 04

 

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    Nevindee

    June 14 2021 01:04 pm

Great stuff. You have a long way to go! impressed by your work of ART


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    Thiagika

    June 18 2021 10:26 am

Very beautiful. Excellent


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    Christiyana

    June 25 2021 05:55 pm

Honesty inspired dude(❛◡❛)✿ ur art tbh deserves more recognition(❍ᴥ❍ʋ)

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