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Into drawing and painting? You’ll want to see this!

 

(Submitted by Essey Habtu/CBC Winnipeg)

Essey Habtu is a 13-year-old living in Winnipeg. He started painting portraits last year and his creations have caught the attention of a lot of people!

What's a portrait?

Usually, portraits show the face or head and shoulders of a person. A portrait can be in the form of a painting, drawing, photograph or sculpture.

Depending on the artist, portraits reveal something about the subject and make us wonder more about them.
 

A painting by Essey Habtu
(esseys_portraits/Instagram)

Essey started drawing when he was young, but his art teacher encouraged him to try painting last year.

He's from Eritrea, which is a country in eastern Africa, so he likes to paint people of colour.
 

A painting by Essey Habtu
(esseys_portraits/Instagram)

Essey has also painted his sister and grandmother, plus interesting faces he finds online.

And now, he’s posting his creations on Instagram and is selling his work! People are also asking him to create custom pieces.
 

A painting by Essey Habtu
(esseys_portraits/Instagram)

Way to go, Essey!