I’ve always been a crafty person; my grandma taught me how to knit, cross stitch, and sew. We used to turn my old jeans into shorts, make pajamas as Christmas presents, and spend the evening with a needle and thread in our hands. I love working with my hands, and watching as something gets created. I especially loved it when it came from my own hands! In the past few months, I’ve used painting and working in my “Wreck This Journal” as a way to combat my anxiety. My SO and I had a few fun weekend nights of painting on canvases while having some drinks. Those creations are now hanging up all over our house, and I have plans of adding many more. Our art supplies steadily grew, and eventually we bought a cube organizer just to have a place to store them. Thankfully, we don’t have to use behind the couch as a storage spot anymore.
My love of crafting has slowly evolved into a love of actually making art. Now I have water colors, colored pencils, acrylic paints, water color pencils, paint brushes, canvases, and a bit more. Recently, I decided I wanted to improve my drawing skills. Mainly, I want to be able to draw people. I love the idea of creating my own character, my own style, and to be able to consistently draw an anatomically correct human, “cartoony” or not. Saturday evening, my SO and I took a trip to Michael’s (my absolute favorite store) and I bought myself a book on how to draw people for beginners. I also picked up a nice sketch book, a big set of pencils, a kneadable eraser, and some micron pens. With the help of that book, and a very useful Youtube video, I sat down and drew something that actually resembles a human! Obviously it needs some work. The eyes are a bit crazy. But I think it’s a pretty good attempt for my first time! I was pleasantly surprised by my efforts.
I know it’s not very good. But hey, it’s my first day at this! And honestly, I am surprised at this first attempt. I was expecting way worse. My plan is to work on this a little bit each day. I’m excited to see what kind of progress I can make.