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Drawing Inspiration

Drawing Lab for Mixed Media ArtistsWhen 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.

Sketching for fun again...
I love most of the 52 drawing exercises in the book. Most of them are simple, but challenging enough. The doodles/sketches you see here are based on some of the exercises from the book. Yes, including this zoo-sketching trip I shared with my four-year-old girl:

Sketching at the zoo with my girl! :-)
And, while I won't win any prizes for these creations, I know that being able to draw / sketch / doodle / paint has made me happier again. That's why I intend to keep doing more of them, even though it may not always be possible.

Digital doodle of the day: Orange kitty collage

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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