Crowned by Forbes as “The Original Crystal Artist”, award-winning artist Sara Shakeel is all the rage. Based in Pakistan, Shakeel creates mesmerizing collages, using photoshop to apply crystals, glitter, rainbows, and diamonds.
Originally trained to be a dentist, the Instagram sensation has no formal art training, proving (as if we needed any further proof), that a true artist needs first and foremost a creative drive.
“I don’t have an art background, no one in my family is an artist, in fact, they are engineers, doctors, pilots, and teachers,” she shared with Forbes. “I was told from a very young age, that there was no chance of me getting into an art school pursuing that line of work, thus I chose to be a dentist which I personally loved, equal to being an artist.”
“With no formal art training, this path of life, although very rewarding, it is extremely ruthless especially in today’s world where ideas are floating and every other person claims to be an artist,” she went on to say.
“I try to tell everyone who comes up to me for advice, every human has their own gift which is unique and different from the billions out there, why waste time in copying others when that brain of yours can create a million new ideas if you only give it a chance! I mean I did, and it proved me right.”
It indeed has! She has since worked with big names like Emirates and (naturally!) Swarovski. Take a look.