My name is Sanil Chitrakar a Nepali origin currently living in San Francisco, California. I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. Art has always been my favorite hobby since my early childhood. I used to spend a lot of my time at home drawing, painting and doing other DIY stuff.
When I was 32 years old I became a father. And having my child was the biggest turning point of my life. After my daughter came to my life I made some big changes in my lifestyle. As I started babysitting I started spending less time on my restaurant and more time at my home. As we all know infants spend most of their time sleeping I had so much free time with me. At that moment I decided to give all of my free time to art.
From that point on (late 2015) i started to draw everyday for at least 5 to 8 hrs. Buying as many art supplies as I could just to try out which one works best for me. I guess finding the right art materials is one of the hardest initial step for every self-taught artist. Then I started drawing my favorite celebrities and shared those drawing on my various social handles like facebook, instagram, etc. Soon I started gaining a lot of followers on my social handles. Started getting a lot of positive response from those followers which motivated to keep drawing more and more.
Then came the biggest turning point of my amateur art career. On Jan 2017 I posted the time-lapse video of the drawing of the legend footballer Ronaldinho Gaucho on my social handles. To my surprise Ronaldinho himself saw my drawing and posted it on all of his official social handles. His official post went viral on the internet gaining 1.5 million views in just 3 hrs on his facebook. And just like that I became popular internationally overnight. Check out this official post of Ronaldinho Gaucho
since then my art life made a huge turn. Messages, email etc started pouring in like crazy. With the increasing number of followers the commissioned order started piling up. After that there was no turning back. Doing commissioned work for my customer became my full-time job. And from that point on I became a full-time international artist.