One lazy afternoon as I was busily browsing through my previous blog posts about Arts&Design, it suddenly dawned on me that I haven’t done as much as to promote our local talents. As a Filipino blogger, the least thing I can do aside from blabbing about my own life is to promote the rich culture of our country. I thought about creating this blog segment Pinoy Highlights. It’s a deviation from Incredible Pinoy Bloggers that only feature Filipino bloggers. Pinoy Highlights is where I’ll be featuring admirable Filipinos of various niches. I couldn’t promise this to be a monthly thing but let’s pray hard I meet the right people who’d allow an ambush interview with me. Since I’m in love with the arts, I figured I should start with featuring local artists.
Today let me introduce you to a local Filipino artist who can draw otherwordly doodles that will most likely hurt your head if you try and comprehend the meaning behind each. The style of drawing is close to mine, which I obviously haven’t practiced in a looong time, that’s why it really caught my attention. Proudly calling his pieces Inksajity, Saj Kamid’s artworks reflect the talent of a fluid imagination.
Kindly describe your style of drawing.
“My style, like what you will be seeing in my online portfolio right now is somewhat of a combination of many things. It’s a fusion of abstract sketching, doodling, and architectural figures.
I actually use a lot of media – water and oil colors, colored pencils, markers, and black ink for my calligraphy rounds.”
How did you discover your talent in drawing? How was your first artwork?
“From what I can recall, I have been making fancy doodles on my writing pads and notebooks when I was in the first grade. My first artwork was the “best”, according to my mother :)”
What are the inspirations for your illustrations?
“I draw inspirations from many things; They can be events or scenarios, feelings, nature, and even fellow artists’ works.”
Who are the top 3 artists that you really look up to?
“First is my mom. She was the first person to show and teach me how to draw. Second and third are Hassan Massoudy, an artist-calligrapher from Najaf, Iraq, and Wassily Kandinsky, a painter and art theorist from Moscow, Russia.”
Aside from the arts, do you have other hobbies?
“My other hobbies include sleeping and drinking coffee. Well, on a serious note, I love fishing and farming. I always look forward to those every time I get the chance to go back to my province.”
Do you believe that people are born to be artists? Why?
“In the strictest sense of the word, yes, but with different levels or degrees. It is because, each and everyone has his own preferred kind or way of how things are supposed to be made, styled or presented. In that minute corner of things, you do have preferences on how things should look, and that for me is an essence of artistry.”
What personal advocacy would you like to share through your art?
“I think it will be patience, open-mindedness and resourcefulness. Sometimes, I do demonstrate it by showing how a simple, non-patterned and unruly set of lines can be made into a beautiful piece of art.”
As an artist, what would be your biggest aspiration?
“Perhaps, it will be to publish a graphic novel or art related book. I also envision to teach my kind of hobby to kids who want to enhance their talents and skills in arts.”
3 quick tips/advice to kids who are just learning about arts.
“First: Do not stop drawing. You stop, you fail. Second: Do not be afraid to experiment. When you close the door for that, you end up restricted, hence no growth. Third: Do not be afraid to ask questions.”
Sajid (Saj) is of the Maguindanaon tribe of Mindanao; A government employee working as Research and Extension Specialist.
He completed his Masters Degree at the University of the Philippines, School of Urban and Regional Planning and college education at the Notre Dame University, Cotabato City.
Drawing has been his passion. He started drawing at the age of 5.