Chinese writer, philosopher, and poet Hong Zicheng wrote: "If a person does not have a single genuine hobby, he is like a wooden idol that stands where he was placed." A hobby is a natural part of life for someone with a multifaceted and well-developed personality. A hobby provides an outlet that restores inner balance and helps avoid burnout.
People with a creative hobby tend to be curious, innovative, and explorative. Sabina Aliyeva, an AsstrA Fashion & Beauty Logistics Sales Specialist, started her creative career with "white walls." With her painting skills still unproven, three years ago she risked changing her apartment’s mood by giving its walls a new color.
At the time, she thought: ‘If it won't work, I will repaint. It's okay.’ She bought the necessary tools to feel like a true artist. But a drawing is like a tattoo. If you do one, then you can't stop going. Sabina posted her first work on a social network and continued to draw around the apartment.
“I was lucky to take part in a project called ‘Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Move from Poznan to Warsaw,’ which was dedicated to the Polish pianist and composer. Contributing to the animated mural was an unforgettable and unexpected event for an amateur artist. This adventure began a new chapter in my story with art. It was if the universe had prompted me to move beyond the four walls of my apartment, both literally and figuratively,” shares Sabina Aliyeva.
She took interest in illustrations for children’s literature. Sabina drew inspiration from Belgian illustrator Quentin Gréban. Over time, she focused on improving her ability to illustrate stories. She appreciates the diverse colors, variety of characters, and accessibly sincere language this art form involves.
“I think there is always time and inspiration to pursue something you love. I paint at the airport, on the bus, and in the park. The main thing is to constantly practice and not give up. Work on yourself and continue to draw, study, learn, observe, and think. As the German entrepreneur and self-taught archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann said: ‘Talent is energy and perseverance and nothing else.’ If you like it, then you’ll do it often. And if you do it often, skill naturally improves. I believe this is true!”