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Colour Pencil Magic by Jesse Lane

Colour Pencil Magic by Jesse Lane

12 years ago today was the day that I decided I wanted to become an artist!

A little about me 12 years ago…

I was almost the opposite of who I am now. I wasn’t great at anything… Actually, I was pretty much bad at everything. I was feeling more and more overcome by my dyslexia. I really struggled in school and that made me not want to even try. So I didn’t try…at anything. I constantly made excuses for not working at things. I felt like I was behind everyone else in life and I just wanted to run away.

12 years ago today, I got fed up with not being able to draw, in particular. I was watching one of my friends draw and, as a 15 year old, I was extremely jealous. My friend made it look so easy. I told myself, “I want to be able to do that.” For the first time, I felt determined and I told myself that I would practice enough to be able to draw anime characters as well as my friend could. I did not know if I would ever be able to draw that well, but I felt I had to try.

I went home from school that day and immediately started drawing. I drew until I went to bed. I finished my first drawing the next day. At 15, I was amazed at what I had done. It was no where near what my friend had drawn, but to me, it was the best thing I had ever done by far.

I felt accomplished… very accomplished. I realized that if I just tried harder that I could improve. That idea became very exciting to me. It still is.

So here I am, 12 years, and a lot of self portraits later…still trying to redefine my own ability. Even though I’m still bad at a lot of things, I don’t feel inferior to others. I took a weakness and made it my strength, my voice, and my passion.

Because of art, I was able to find something inside of myself and change my life.


Jesse Lane’s dramatic portraits have won many awards, including top honors from the Salmagundi Club, the Colored Pencil Society of America, International Artist Magazine and The Artist’s Magazine.  Southwest Art Magazine named him one of the USA’s top young emerging artists in its “21 under 31” issue.

To purchase Lane’s work contact RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York

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