Author’s Blurb: I used to be by no means a pure when it got here to artwork. It was not till I mistakenly joined an illustration class in college that I realised it’s a talent that may very well be learnt, even with out pure expertise. From there, I picked up an curiosity in watercolours, which then unraveled itself as a self-taught interest.
For 9-year-old Rayyan nonetheless, that skillset was purely pure. Sure, his mum, Sarah is an artist, however she wasn’t even the one who taught it to him.
“To be honest, I’m not sure where exactly he picked up this skill because back then I was doing baking more than arts. So I wouldn’t think that he picked it up from me per se,” she informed Vulcan Post.
She recalled a time the place he first picked up a paper and pencil at age 4. He would scribble and draw no matter sparked his curiosity on the time.
Some recurring motifs could be LEGOs, the KLCC skyscraper, area, Santa Claus, and film scenes, the latter of which even shot Rayyan’s artworks to virality, however extra on that later.
Nurturing The Talent
My watercolour endeavours by no means lasted greater than a 12 months. Once I began working, I received too busy to select my paint brushes up once more. Yet, they nonetheless sit in a nook of my desk in hopes that possibly in the future, I’ll come again to them.
Sarah’s artwork interest too grew to become a dormant previous time for an interim. She later joined an artwork class in Mont Kiara to select it again up and has been pursuing it as a profession for roughly 2 years now. Her works could be discovered on her IG, senisara.my.
At 6 years outdated, Rayyan needed to hitch her artwork courses too. The group courses weren’t appropriate for youths although, so Sarah started scouting for a unique tutor who may information his classes.
They finally landed on the founding father of Amcorp Mall’s Artists’ Corner, Khalid MS who stays Rayyan’s artwork tutor until in the present day.
Sharing an affection for artwork, the 2 would focus on and trade strategies they’ve learnt independently with each other.
Sarah added that Rayyan’s additionally been choosing up new strategies from YouTube tutorials on high of his artwork courses to upskill. Such areas embody character drawing, as an example.
“Rayyan, with or without art classes, draws every day. That’s just how much he loves it,” Sarah stated.
Now 9 years outdated, Rayyan carves out time round his schedule to dedicate to his artwork. From going to high school on-line, biking, or socialising with buddies over digital card video games, he would nonetheless handle to make time to attract.
Virality At Age 9
Pairing character drawings and the love for motion pictures, Rayyan lately went viral for his compilation piece of P. Ramlee sketches. Simultaneously proud and amused, Sarah shared it on Twitter, the place it gained a lot reward from followers.
In reality, these aren’t Rayyan’s solely followers. Since being taught beneath Khalid, the duo had been promoting their items at an artwork sales space in Amcorp Mall pre-MCO.
“In 2019, Khalid asked if I wanted to open up an art booth with Rayyan for an event Collectors Pick at Amcorp Mall. It then led us to have a permanent art booth every weekend. The rest is history,” chimed the artist mom.
And Rayyan’s not a shy child. The excitable younger artist by no means hesitated to share the tales behind his artworks and the way they got here to be when interacting with clients.
His artwork playing cards are offered at RM10 for an A5 measurement and RM40 for the A3 measurement. Tote baggage are priced at RM40 whereas notebooks and magnets are RM25 and RM10 respectively. Sales may range, however there was all the time somewhat one thing each weekend.
On what the blooming illustrator desires to be when he grows up? “He wants to be an astronaut, and after coming back to Earth he wants to become a doctor,” Sarah chuckled.
Based on the latter ambition, his mum plans to purchase him some books on anatomy to nurture and broaden his data.
“I personally feel it’s too early to tell, but whatever path he chooses to take, I’ll support him through and through. That’s the only definite answer. I encourage him to explore and try things he has an interest in because we never know.”
Bottom Line: Credit must be given to his artwork instructor for opening up the chance to promote Rayyan’s art work. Not solely does this present a toddler with the required validation that his artworks are admired, it additionally exposes him to what the long run holds if he chooses to comply with his mum in pursuing artwork as a profession.
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Featured Image Credit: Sarah