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How I Have Found Peace Through Drawing.

Dive: Artist - Pencil
Description: Drawing with a pencil
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Has taken a pencil drawing class or has drawn something with a pencil
Certified On: Jul 15, 2023

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Amabindu Palliyaguru

Name: Amabindu Palliyaguru Break Diving Level: Recruit Number of Certified Dives: 3 From: Sri Lanka In: Sri Lanka

1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?

As a hyperactive child, I always had trouble staying still.  It got worse when I broke my arm at 9 years old.  I had to stay at home which was so hard for me.  Even though I drew before that, I think that time was the specific time I realized how much peace and calm I could get from drawing.

2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?

I started drawing since I was a little kid, mostly scribbles at that time.  Later when I started Junior school, I choose art as my aesthetic subject. That's when I really started to learn about drawings and so I think it took me about probably 6 years of drawing scribbles to get me here.  When I say 6 years, I think of the time period that it took me to be brave enough to show others my drawings.  It took almost 6 years to build up my confidence in drawing.

3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

Hardest part for me was drawing realistic human drawings.  I enjoyed drawing cartoons since I was little but, when I studied art as a subject I had to draw human figure and I was very bad at it first, but later, with a lot of practice I became a little good at it.  But, to this day I still find it challenging to draw realistic figures over cartoon figures.

4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

I always thank my parents for letting me draw freely all over the house.  When I was little, our home walls were filled with my drawings.  I didn't realize it at that time, but it later became a lot easier for me to draw freely because my parents just let me draw wherever I wanted to draw.   I also learned a lot from my father.  He also can draw well.  So, I think the support I got was the easiest part about achieving art to this level.

5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?

Draw freely.  Why I'm saying that is because if you take classes for art, there are some classes where they place some objects on a table and tell you to draw.  If that's how you started drawing there's a high chance that you will think you are not talented enough.  But, if you draw freely what comes in to your mind, be it a singing frog or a dancing fried egg, believe me you will feel much more interested and also you will start to learn yourself to draw better.  So, draw freely.  Don't get prisoned into a frame.

6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.

The best resource is mother nature.  Are you going on a walk?  Or are you going on a trip?  Take your pencil and sketch book with you and when you find a place where you feel it's worth drawing, just try to draw it.  That was the best resource I've ever found.

Resource 1: SchaeferArt - It's a you tube channel with so many amazing videos about pencil drawings and many tips about drawing.

Resource 2: RapidFireArt - It's a you tube channel containing tutorials of sketching and is a great place to get ideas and also get inspired.

Resource 3: Pic Candle - It an amazing you tube channels filled with doodle drawing of every kind which you can get cool ideas to draw.

Resource 4: Pinterest - You can find amazing ideas and great inspiration from people on Pinterest.

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7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).

The greatest adventure was participating in competitions.  When I was little, I participated in every competition I heard about, but sadly I didn't win any of them.  So, after some time I thought maybe I haven't improved enough yet to win.  Then I waited a few years and sharpened my skills and then again I participated in competitions and I got to win in some of them.  That was when I realized that I had to think a bit out of the frame if I wanted to do a better drawing than the rest of the talented artists.  So, participating in my first competitions was a very big challenge for me.

8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?

9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?

Of course.  I'm going to continue working on my drawing skills.  Because drawing is the only way I have found to express myself and my feelings and I really want to master it.  My main goal with drawing is to draw murals in pre-school walls.

10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?

No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets. 

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And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Amabindu Palliyaguru is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Artist - Pencil - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Certificate number: 149

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