“I’m looking to share a message about Love and things I enjoy. I want people to know its okay to follow your heart and to be different. I say what makes you happy not what makes you money.”
Growing up, Shakil Turner enjoyed the arts and always knew he wanted to create. He now runs an Instagram: @kidturner that shares his latest drawings and encourages people to do what they love. Shakil is a Vegan and the main message he wants to share through his work is that it’s okay to follow your heart and to be different. Read on to find out more.
Tell us about your art and how you got started.
Since I was a young kid I always enjoyed arts and crafts. I wasn’t very outspoken, so art gave me a chance to express myself in a different way. My art comes from visions and life experiences that I enjoyed or impacted my life, such as nature or certain cartoons I watched growing up.
Was this always what you wanted to do or did it emerge over time.
I’ve always wanted to draw and create because it makes me happy and I stick very close to the things I love the most.
Who has helped you in the process of following your dream?
I have a small group of friends that couldn’t be more supportive.
What inspires you?
I get a lot of inspiration from music; it puts me in a zone and allows me to create with a flow of good vibrations. But honestly I’m inspired by just about everything I see when I go outside. The trees, the shadows, the birds, every little thing has its own beauty.
What challenges have you encountered and how have you overcome them?
I’ve encountered frustration if I didn’t get something perfect. I’ve now learned to be more be patient and take my time to overcome getting frustrated.
Your Instagram shares the popular quote, “Do what you love, love what you do”. Tell us a bit more about the message you are looking to share with your work.
I’m looking to share a message about Love and things I enjoy. I want people to know its okay to follow your heart and to be different. I say what makes you happy not what makes you money.
How do you overcome the fear and vulnerability of sharing your work?
I was very shy at first when it came to showing my work, but it allowed me to let go and show my ideas so I started to enjoy showing my work.
How did you learn to deal with criticism?
I was always pretty good with criticism because I wanted to learn and see what could be improved. I learned to take the good and bad criticism.
Why do you love art?
I love art because it allows me to escape into my imagination. I also love art because it’s like a universal language which allows all aspects of life to connect.
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
My advice to any aspiring artist would be to never let anyone change who you are. Stay true to yourself, follow your heart and never stop doing what you love.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back?
I would go back and tell myself to write down all my ideas when I didn’t have the time to sketch them.
What are you most excited for in the future?
I’m excited for new projects and collaborations with other visionary artist in the future. I’m also looking forward to learning new skills, and creating new ideas.