: Hello Aamir, thank you for answering my questions. Is there a particular event that triggered your desire to become a digital painter?
M. Aamir Naseer:
Not really... I'm probably going to contradict myself...
I had been researching about how I could teach myself to paint. I was quite anxious because I felt I had not completely understood how to paint, until I came across an extremely talented artist. I don't know her full name but her blog is called, Val's Art Diary
. I was very inspired by her paintings, especially the one of 86-year-old gymnast Johanna Quaas.
She had an eccentric way to paint, and I mean that as a compliment. What I learnt from her was that there's really no rule to paint.
: Did you receive any formal training or are you a self-taught artist?
: Not completely, I knew from an earlier age that I could sketch. But I never really considered a career role as an artist.
When I was in high school, I did receive some form of training in the form of 60-minute sessions on Wednesdays. But soon after I stopped painting.
For the last two years, I have taught myself to paint on my iPad. I've had time to experiment and learn.
: Would you define the concept of digital painting for us?
: Unlike traditional painting that requires physical tools, digital art allows you to paint on a computer, tablet or using a stylus. By doing so, you can easily share your painting to social networking sites. Basically share it with the world.
There is something intriguing about your creations. They are bare, and yet full of life. How do you achieve that result?
: I really wouldn't know how to answer that... I use an emotional state of mind when I want to express a sense of feeling. I think it's inspiration from anything that allows me to achieve that kind of result. A strong sense of idea really. I create something from an inspiration that I then improve with digital tools.
: When you work on a piece, what is the deciding factor? Do you go with the flow or do you need a specific idea or setting?
: I really need a specific idea. It's very rare that I go with the flow.
: What is your daily routine?
: It's quite random. I don't read that much because I work on my projects. At the moment, I have a lot of free time to generate ideas. I could be playing on my PS3, watching a horror film or a TV show.
: You are also an aspiring writer. Tell us a little more about that.
: Yes! Writing was something I'd always wanted to do at a younger age. But because I've always struggled with my basic English in literacy, I didn't see myself becoming a writer. I did have many ideas in the past from which I wanted to tell a story. Just felt I needed some guidance.
I think it was in late October 2012 that I met with an author by the name of Dionne Lister on Twitter -- about something I wrote. After I had visited her blog and read a small piece of writing, "Undertow," I was suddenly inspired to write. It was because of that short story that I was able to write my own, titled "Pod."
Dionne has become both a mentor and a dear friend. She is very down-to-earth. I'm always grateful to her for my writing.
: Are you working on a specific project these days?
: Currently I'm working on a sequel to a short story series that I wrote for my blog. It's called "The Solar-powered Entity" (TSpE for short) and should be released in 2014.
In the future, I hope to work on a project called "Bulb." I would like to publish it as a novella series.
Recently I wrote three pieces of micro-fictions, also known as shorter short stories.
: Anything else you would like to say?
: I want to add that there's a new generation of aspiring writers who really need a sense of knowledge and guidance. A direction. For them, I think Twitter is that platform to reach out to established authors, and learn more about writing.
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