Street Art: Aakash Nihalani

The first few weeks of my Drawing Fundamentals class have been all about basic drawing techniques, measuring proportions (I’d always wondered what artists were doing, when they held out their pencils, one eye closed), and drawing cubes, cylinders and other “basic” forms. I have to tell you, I’ve been challenged in ways that have made me dizzy. I know, drawing cubes doesn’t sound difficult, but believe me: for someone who is completely inexperienced in drawing anything, it is DIFFICULT. Drawing parallel proportionate lines without a ruler is hard!

So, imagine my excitement when I came across Aakash Nihalani’s street art (thanks, Design Milk!). I mean, this man is genius! (Just go over to his website and you’ll know what I’m talking about!).

I’m still fighting what has been diagnosed as bronchial-pneumonia, and the thought of having to practice my cylinders and cubes today was a total turn-off, until I saw this. Now I’m hooked!

Starting next week, I’ll be giving you weekly peeks into my college work (I’m still trying to come up with a catchy name for this series – if you have any ideas, please pass them along to me!).

You won’t see any shiny designs, but glimpses of what will seem like my first dabbles in art. However, it’s real and I hope to inspire others to go for their passion, even if they think they don’t have everything it takes. One of the things I’ve taken from these classes is our ability to learn. Most people aren’t born talented artists. It takes a ton of practice. And right now it’s not about the product, but all about the process (those were my instructor’s words – the best thing he could have told me on my first day of college!).

See all of Aakash Nihalani’s art here.

photo sources: 1, 2, all photographs property of Aakash Nihalani

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