I am an aspiring artist from Brooklyn, New York who has been drawing since the age of 3 (at least that's what I've been told). I don't really like to use the phrase "self taught" because I feel as though I would be taking credit for something I really don't deserve the credit for.  My belief is that my ability to create is a gift from God...to him I give all of the credit. I haven't had any formal art training other than a little over 3 years attending the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan where I was just introduced to new mediums and techniques. For the most part, I learned what I know by trial and error. 

Due to many life experiences, I went through a very long period of time where drawing was not one of my focuses. I would draw here and there but I haven't committed myself to focusing on my art for about 20 years. There always seemed to be a distraction of some sort that kept me from devoting myself to what I have now realized I was born to do. It wasn't until a little over 2 years ago when my cousin created an Instagram page for me and started to post some of my older drawings and paintings. Once I started receiving feedback on my work and began to see all of the beautiful work done by so many talented artists in the world, I was again inspired to make art my focus and began to make drawing my priority. It's like I was reborn and had once again found my passion. Since then, I have been consistently working on improving my craft and doing what it is I truly love and believe I was put on this Earth to do. 

On Instagram, I seemed to have built up a reputation for being one of the better stipple artists. I was introduced to this technique in high school but had only done it twice...this was over 20 years ago. I was in an art supply store a few years back looking for a fine liner to help my son with a school project and I found the Pigma Micron. I immediately fell in love with it!!! It wasn't until about 2 years later when I noticed stipple art on Instagram and I remembered trying this back in high school and I decided to give it a shot again. Back when I was first introduced to the technique, I used a crow quill pen or a rapidograph. This time around I went with the Micron and I haven't looked back since. I just love the archival ink, the line consistency, no drips or ink blotches. The Pigma Micron is absolutely amazing and has most definitely become my weapon of choice for all of my ink projects. 

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AuthorLeslie Crumpler