A few months back I signed up for the Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project 2012. I chose the theme “In 10 Minutes” and a few weeks later, received my little sketchbook. Things started off fine, but I got sidetracked by the holidays, and then a bit intimidated by some of the submissions I saw folks posting for this project.
With the deadline approaching, I tuned out the “WTF are you doing?!” voice in my head, hunkered down, and cranked out the rest of my sketchbook last week. Because even though there are a bazillion folks out there whose drawing skills are a gajillion times better than mine,
Honestly, I REALLY like drawing. Illustrating. Doodling. Whatever you want to call it.
It took completing this sketchbook and putting it out into the world for me to finally realize it.
So maybe I’ll never draw amazing portraits of my friends or family. Perhaps I lack the patience for that type of in-depth, observant drawing. But I’m finding that I really enjoy illustration as a means of memory keeping & recording observations. I like creating some sort of visual image to help illustrate a thought or moment.What I lack in technical skills (or patience), I find myself making up for in creativity when illustrating: Having a hard time drawing something? Well, how else could I represent that object or idea? Something I drew looks a little goofy? Well, I’m a little goofy, so might as well own it.
For the past few years, I’ve relied heavily on Adobe Illustrator to create designs & illustrations (LOVE THAT PEN TOOL!) But as I move towards projects with a more personal feel to them, busting out some old school art (and office) supplies feels natural and right.
I’m even working on ideas for a ebook for all you “I Can’t Draw” naysayers, sort of a “Shit Anyone Can Draw” primer. Because doodling can be a great way to record moments, make folks laugh, impress a preschooler, or just stay awake during meetings & conference calls.
So how about it? Leave me a comment and tell me what sort of things you like to doodle or wish you knew how to doodle.
(All drawings in this post are from my “In 10 Minutes” sketchbook. Click here to see the good, bad, and my kiddo’s contributions to it.)