Artis­tic gaze

Teenager Soroush Hey­dari from Sale has a hid­den tal­ent; he’s a whizz with a char­coal pencil

Cheshire Life - - Family Life - WORDS: Alisha Davis

Soroush Hey­dari was 14 when he dis­cov­ered he had a nat­u­ral tal­ent for drawing. ‘I was in Year 9, and I at­tended an art les­son with my aunt,’ he re­calls. Af­ter tak­ing around eight lessons to learn the ba­sics, he con­tin­ued to prac­tice, tak­ing his time with each new drawing, par­tic­u­larly por­traits.

‘It drives my mum in­sane that I won’t draw her or any­one in my fam­ily,’ he laughs. ‘But for me, I want my drawing to be per­fect be­fore I show some­one. They take time and with it be­ing my fam­ily, I want to de­velop my skill more, mak­ing sure it’s per­fect.’

Soroush, 18, from Sale, has re­cently com­pleted his A-lev­els at Al­trin­cham Gram­mar School for Boys and, by the time you read this, will have re­ceived his re­sults. Clearly a per­fec­tion­ist, he’s spent his free time over the sum­mer de­vel­op­ing his skills fur­ther.

His abil­ity to capture the finer de­tails of his sub­jects’ ap­pear­ances, and use the medium of char­coal to bring them to life, is as­ton­ish­ing.

Por­traits can be no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult, but Soroush prefers sketch­ing them to any­thing else.

‘Ev­ery face is dis­tinc­tive and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual has a unique story and set of val­ues, be­liefs and ex­pe­ri­ences. I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in how and why these things vary so much from per­son to per­son, which is why I would say I’m drawn to drawing faces.’

Soroush is cur­rently hop­ing to study medicine at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don hav­ing al­ways wanted to help peo­ple.

‘When I first be­gan drawing, I drew por­traits of teach­ers, their pets and even their rel­a­tives, and any money I got from the drawing went to St Ann’s Hospice,’ he said. ‘I com­pleted the por­traits over the sum­mer and sold the por­traits back to my teach­ers as soon as the au­tumn term be­gan. It be­came quite pop­u­lar, so I de­cided to do this an­nu­ally.’

His artis­tic process al­ways starts with study­ing a pho­to­graph of his sub­ject, be­fore do­ing a light sketch, find­ing the cen­tre line be­fore adding the de­tails.

‘I al­ways leave the eyes last and fin­ish with the pupils. They bring life to the por­trait,’ he says. ‘I want my art to make peo­ple feel some­thing, that’s all I hope to achieve.’ See more on Soroush’s In­sta­gram; @hey­darichar­coal

“Ev­ery face is dis­tinc­tive;

and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual has a unique story and set of val­ues, be­liefs

and ex­pe­ri­ences”

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