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From Age 2 to 28: Hong Kong Painter Shows How His Skills Improved Over the Years

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As kids, we might have all been asked what we wanted to be when we grow up. Some said they hoped to become artists, doctors, teachers, astronauts, or rocket scientists someday.

We were once full of hope, imagination, determination, and life, willing and capable of dreaming even the impossible.

A selected few have shown promising talents at such an early age, but some of us, although filled with burning passion, required more training.

But “practice makes perfect” indeed, which is why parents and teachers should always encourage children to pursue their dreams, no matter how unrealistic they may seem sometimes.

Look at this picture:

Look at this picture:

Source: Marc Allante

Nobody would guess that this squiggly doodle was drawn by a talented Hong Kong painter named Marc Allante when he was 2-years-old.

Allante’s skills improved due to his patience and determination, and because he has a supportive family who encouraged him all through his life.

In an interview with Bored Panda, he said, “I think with enough practice and patience, anyone has the ability to learn to draw and create art. I was lucky enough to start very early and be encouraged by my family, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to give it a go!”

The following drawings evidently show how much his talent developed over the years.

At age 3

Source: Marc Allante
At age 4

Source: Marc Allante
At age 5

At age 6

Source: Marc Allante

Rejections, familial responsibilities, financial constraints—these are just some of the things that may derail us from our real passions in life; however, it’s not too late to follow our hearts. Allante said,

“I was in corporate finance and insurance. I lost my mother very abruptly to cancer, which made me re-evaluate a lot of the priorities in my life. Ultimately, I felt that I would deeply regret not giving an art career a proper shot.”

At age 6

At age 6

Source: Marc Allante
At age 7

At age 7

Source: Marc Allante
At age 8

At age 8

Source: Marc Allante
At age 9

At age 9

Source: Marc Allante
At age 10

At age 10

At age 11

At age 11

Source: Marc Allante

Have you ever heard of great artists who were belittled and discouraged when they were young? What would have happened if they gave up then?

At age 13

At age 13

Source: Marc Allante
At age 14

At age 14

Source: Marc Allante
At age 15

At age 15

Source: Marc Allante
At age 16

At age 16

Source: Marc Allante
At age 17 and 18

At age 17 and 18

Source: Marc Allante

“I am usually grinning like an idiot most of the time and the happiest I have been in a very long time. I think it’s rare for anyone to be able to make a living doing what they love so I know I have been stupidly fabulously lucky! At the same time, I am working harder than I have ever had in my life as I don’t want to rest on my laurels (or luck),” he said.

At age 19

At age 19

Source: Marc Allante
At age 20

At age 20

Source: Marc Allante
At age 22

At age 22

Source: Marc Allante
At age 23

At age 23

Source: Marc Allante
At age 24

At age 24

Source: Marc Allante
At age 25

At age 25

Source: Marc Allante
At age 26

At age 26

Source: Marc Allante
At age 27

At age 27

Source: Marc Allante
At age 28

At age 28

Source: Marc Allante

Source: Marc Allante

As long as it’s good and they’re not hurting anybody, support your children in their endeavours. You’ll never know what they’ll become someday.

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