When it comes to art-making, drawing is my least favourite thing. In fact, drawing scares me. Partly because I know that it's not really a strength. Especially if we're talking technical/realistic drawing. That's why for most of my life, I didn't think of myself as an "artist" because my drawing skills had never been up to par.
So, I've always preferred painting or collage. Or even craft and photography.
But, the more I make things, the more I want to learn how to draw.
That's why I've started taking drawing lessons a few years ago. And, I still try to learn drawing whenever possible. In fact, some of you might even remember me writing about a figure drawing class I attended (warning: graphic images in post) some time back.
However, drawing and art-making have taken a backseat in my everyday life.
Well... Until recently, that is.
You see, when I put art-making on hold for too long, I do end up becoming restless and more easily upset. Moody, if you will.
Then, a few weeks ago, I came across Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series) by Carla Sonheim, while I was in my usual web-browsing mode.
My initial reaction to the idea of getting back in to art-making through a "drawing lab" was that of hesitation. With the full knowledge that drawing isn't a strong suit, I didn't want to end up discouraging myself in to getting back in to the swing of things.
Yet, at the same time, I knew that in moments of needing that extra push, that extra dose of inspiration... I should do something that would also provide enough challenge.
So, I said yes to the idea of drawing.
And I'm so glad I did.
This book has really filled me with plenty of inspiration. That's why I started sketching and doodling again.