THROUGHOUT THE AGES, THE ACT OF DRAWING HAS BEEN A PREVALENT AND POTENT MEANS OF HUMAN EXPRESSION.
From raw cave paintings to elaborate murals, from the tiniest post-it sketch to the most complex composition imaginable; drawing is the backbone upon which a vast swath of great works have been built.
Drawings can be established in virtually all mediums and media, and all you need is a surface and a drawing utensil…That is to say, a piece of paper and a pencil.
The act of making marks upon a surface is something that we’re wired to do. Whether it’s letters of the alphabet or a complex mechanical juggernaut the core principles remain.
Drawing can allow us to express ourselves and our ideas, it can train use to think in ways that shift our perceptions to higher planes of cognizance.
It can be a therapeutic act of creative joy, or a delightful discipline that we pursue in an effort to reach mastery.
Chances are that if you’ve read this far, then somewhere inside of you burns the sincere interest to draw.
The point of this post is to stoke that burning desire– whether it’s a small candle or a roaring furnace, you can be taken on a journey that will show you not only what you can create, but reveal to you aspects of yourself that may surprise you.
So why should you follow that urge? What have you to gain from allowing yourself to create?
Well, as I hinted to earlier, the journey is the true reward, though another wonderful thing about drawing is that you have something to show for it.
Even more wonderful is that if you persist you will have a timeline of evolving works, the source of which is yourself.
From humble beginnings you can steadily (or explosively) grow your skills. Even if you’ve been at it for a while there’s always room to improve.
There’s nothing like a feeling of progress and achievement to layer atop the simple joy you can gain from sitting down and making work.
When you get right down to it, we only have some much time on this earth. That’s a fact.
Assuming you only get one shot, wouldn’t you like to allow that creative urge within you to express itself? It would be a shame to regret that you didn’t develop the talent that you naturally possess.
You could spend copious chunks of time playing games, watching netflix, and consuming media ad nauseum.
It’s not wise to cut those things out altogether, however, all you have to show for hundreds of hours in many games is a save file and some memories.
So what does one do in order to embark or continue upon this journey? How do you find an outlet? What do you study? The questions are seemingly endless, but allow me to simplify things a bit:
JUST DRAW IN YOUR SKETCHBOOK.
FILL PAGE AFTER PAGE.
Let the forms and ideas come into being through your pencil or pens.
Listen to music, or if you prefer, a good audiobook.
Pay attention to your thoughts, and train your already keen senses to perceive the work in new ways by squinting, flipping the work upside down, or holding it up to a mirror.
Over time your hand will grow more sure. Shoo away the thoughts of self-doubt and non-technical comparison to others. It’s apples to oranges.
There’s only one you doing what you do.
And the more you do it to the best of your ability, the better you will become.
Do it daily. But don’t over-do it (aka hurt your wrist and such.)
There isn’t any real need to compete (unless that’s your thing.) Give yourself the freedom and liberty to work.
That’s it, really. It all begins and ends with you.
Make time for it, obsess a little. Find out more about who your are through your sketchbooks, and find out how you and your work change with each sketchbook you fill.
Don’t forget to have fun, it really isn’t all that serious. Drawing is a game with few rules and many exceptions.
If you get lost or feel unsure, that’s okay. We all need a little guidance from time to time.
And that, dear friend, is why it all comes back to drawing.