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Jean Lagacé – I Was Born With a Pen in My Hand For Drawing

Dive: Artist - Fine Arts
Description: Is a multitalented fine artist (painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, architecture, etc.)
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Has 5 certified Fine Arts dives at Level 1
Certified On: May 31, 2020

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Jean Lagacé

Name: Jean Lagacé Break Diving Level: Recruit Number of Certified Dives: 1 From: Canada In: Canada

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

I was born with a pen in my right hand. I can’t remember myself not using it. As I grew older, I reproduced images of Capitaine Haddock, Professeur Tournesol, and Tintin taken out of their albums by Hergé. Later in school, I drew pictures of my teacher’s big noses and jowls. I wasn’t long to try my luck with brushes and watercolor. The results were not that bad and encouraged me to continue the pursuit. Never seriously though. I was already the man I would become in those early days, a bit to the right of the political chessboard and to me, being an artist with long hair and smoking pot while while babbling nonsense wasn’t my cup of tea. Lol.

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 actually took 5 years to accomplish this dive (but perhaps it only took 1 or 2 to truly learn the basics). Taking the courses at school has made learning it a lifetime. I was given a gift. That is, a facility, ease, an ability that I could I explore if I wanted to. And I did up to a certain point. But I never really did want to push my level of competence where it would mean to take courses and learn to do what I couldn’t. After all, I was doing this for fun. And was quite happy with the pieces I created.

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

The hardest part… Well, I can’t remember ever thinking this way. It might be that I never tried to do anything that I couldn’t. Painting like Rembrandt or Cézanne has never been an option. I never used oil–that would have been hard and messy. I had no atelier and didn’t care for taking my skills to that kind of level. So I limited my interest to what was easy and reachable with the tools in hand.

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

The easiest part now! I have a saying: writing is easy. Being read isn’t. It is the same with sketching. To draw is easy. To be looked at isn’t. All the great artists we admire in museums found it easy to create those pieces. Still, they couldn’t sell them in their time for more than the few coins needed to buy them a meal. So creating art is the easy part of that equation. Selling it is the hard part.

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

My advice to those who would be tempted to pursue this dive: you either have it in you or you don’t, but yes, one can learn anything if he applies himself to it. It will sure help if you know your proportion and perspective. Then, you go to an art class given at your local library or YMCA. And you practice, you practice, and then you practice some more. And, well, after a bit of time, I bet you will surprise yourself with what you are able to do.

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.

There are a lot of sites that you can use on the net that you can use to play with lines and color. I suggest you use those suggested below, or search for your own. If you join Break Diving, I might also be able to help you to learn a bit more about this dive too. You can also use the computer to draw. But nothing is worth as much as the good old way of using pen and paper.


Resource 1: Break Diving - Of course, this is a great place to gain the support you need.

Resource 2: Udemy - You can find lots of great resources here.

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

When I married in 1969, there wasn’t much to put on the walls of our two-bedroom apartment. So I decided to created pictures. I did 20. I had them framed and used the result to decorate the place. It sure got me the attention of many. The pieces were good enough to make it later on the walls of our family house beside works of value by real painters that do expositions and sell in galleries.

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


  • The Break Diving dive committee and fellow members have verified many of my works of art that have been posted in the Break Diving community.

  • You can find many of my works of art on my Facebook page.

  • Here are some of my favorite works of art that I created with my own hand:






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

I enjoy art and look forward to continuing.

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, Jean Lagacé is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Artist - Fine Arts - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Certificate number: 43

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