I realized a few weeks ago that one of the most satisfying things that I can do is to create. I drew up a design and wrote out a new 15-foot menu board for my boyfriend’s sandwich shop and even though I wanted to cry when I finished at 2 in the morning, the next time I walked into The Shop I felt satisfied. I felt proud and accomplished and realized I need to work on bringing that feeling into my life more.
I started drawing a couple days after that. Let me tell you, it ain’t easy. It’s easy to look at a picture and see the lines and know you have the ability to do that, it gets hard when you put your pencil to paper and realize you can’t even draw a straight line never mind try and draw someone’s face. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the last couple weeks:
- You need to practice everyday.
When I look back at my sketchbook to things I did three days ago I sometimes think that some things are best left unfinished, and then I realized that I need to stop doing that out of feat it won’t come out good enough. Over the last couple of weeks I don’t feel like I’ve gotten any better, but I know that not doing anything won’t make me any better, so I’m hoping in a couple months from now I can look back through my sketchbook and think wow I sucked instead of wow I still suck.
- Art supplies are expensive.
Before doing the menu I wanted to practice some typography so that I at least had an idea of what I could manage for a whole menu board and not plan an elaborate board that I had no business doing in the first place. I bought a packet of Micron pens with no idea what the numbers meant. It worked out until I tried branching out this week.
A palette of watercolors are in the $20 range at Michael’s if you don’t want the kind of stuff that you give 5 year olds that is definitely not pigmented enough. When starting a hobby, it’s really hard to justify spending that kind of money on something you may be awful at, or even not like at all. I haven’t built up the justification yet, maybe next week.
- Drawing is god damn frustrating.
If you’re not naturally gifted, drawing is a pain in the ass. I have absolutely no training. I have no idea what the rules of drawing are, but I kind of like it that way. I don’t want someone to tell me I can’t draw toes before I put a foot to it. I also don’t want people to tell me that I can’t put this font over a this image because it’s just not how it’s done. I don’t know if anyone would even say that to me, but I’m assuming and I kind of like feeling like a rebel with a cause. The cause is to be able to draw a picture that I either want to hang on my wall, or would like other people to hang on theirs.
I’ll update my other thoughts are I come across them. Here goes nothing.