Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Or so said Pablo Picasso
My parents gave me numerous sketch pads when I was a child and I filled them with drawings that to me were masterpieces but might have just been a step above the anatomically incorrect stick figures and gravity-defying structures I saw through my childish eyes. What I did draw didn’t matter, though. The point is that I drew all the time and every time I sketched something, and transferred a thought from mind to paper, I was improving my skill and creating a new neuron connection in my brain. Eventually, I got better and then, one day, I’m not sure why, I stopped. I stopped drawing and spent a long time not creating, not expressing and focused instead on perfecting things that don’t need to be perfect, refining things that are better in their raw form and restraining myself because I thought nobody would care about the random musings or scribbles of a non-artist.
Sometime over the course of the past year, I’ve been slowly making a different decision. In 2016, I published a book where the cover is a simple picture I sketched one day when I was thinking about the character I was writing about. Talk about making a big leap.
A few of the books I’ve read this year also helped me understand the power of making visual connections. One such resource is a small book entitled Draw to Win by Dan Roam.
The book is also a great price on Amazon – just 11 bucks. Note: If you click the title to purchase a copy, I make a couple pennies commission at no extra cost to you and trust me, it’s a great book and would make an excellent gift – so buy 2 copies 🙂
I’m thinking of sharing more of my doodles here on my blog so you, dear reader, can see my thoughts as well as follow my progress as I make visual arts a more consistent part of my life.
Do you sketch or doodle regularly? And do you save your artistic endeavors for your eyes only, do you get throw them away (yikes!) or do you share your scribbles somewhere?Find me on Amazon, YouTube, Bloglovin, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Link up with: Thinking Out Loud, Thursday Thoughts, Stuff and Things PS. I’m buying the following supplies to continue my artistic endeavors. If you click the link to make a purchase, I’ll make a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks.
- Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte Finish
- Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Gloss Finish
- Loew Cornell Foam Brush Set
- Sulyn Glitter Jar – Silver
- Bestpriceam 10 PC / Set Carbon Steel Wood Carving Tools Knife Kit
- Chenille Kraft 5168 Plastic Handle Colossal Round Brushes
- Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine, 12″ Cut Length
- Washi Tape Set of 30 Rolls
- Polar Bear Washi Masking Tape With Cute Dispenser, Pack of 12pcs(total 66 yards)
- MassMall Cute Lace Flower Washi Tape