RD Escalona, a young self-taught artist, picked up his pen and sketchbook after some time off, to brush up on his drawing skills during this pandemic. What look chaotic at first glance, with each line seemingly both arbitrary and purposeful, emerge perfectly-detailed, expressive and dimensional images that reveal the order of the randomness behind every stroke.
We invite you to take a look at his impressive sketch book and to get to know more about this 15-year old contemporary artist.
Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is RD Escalona, I am 15 years old, and I have been a self-taught artist for the past one year.
Give us a little background on how you got into art?
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, and most of my early sketchbooks were filled with different subjects - from simple objects to sceneries. As a child, I really loved drawing. It was last year, however, when I really had the intention of improving on it alongside doing it for fun. By wanting to improve in art, I stumbled upon and appreciated more artworks and more artists, much more than I have ever seen in my whole life. I learned mainly from Youtube tutorials and a large variety of Youtube channels teaching art. It was from those videos that I learned about something called the "Art Fundamentals" - concepts and principles that were key to improving my art. Many styles, although different from each other, incorporated these, and this is when my art journey changed forever.