Calm. Change. Create. – There’s a lot of positive sayings out there to choose from, but these three words are personal to me. I first came up with my 3 C’s about a year ago and have jotted them down in the front of all my notepads and sketchbooks ever since; they’re always there to remind me to keep calm in the bad situations, always try to better myself in life and never forget to keep creating things along the way!
When it comes to creating new things, obviously I love to write (hence us being here right now) but another big love of mine is drawing. Always has been, always will be. If you’re reading this article, chances are you might do to. We’re all creative in some way, right? To me drawing is about the freedom to create something that wasn’t there before, or bring an image to life that you couldn’t quite capture in your mind. A blank page can become anything at all, which is pretty amazing when you think about it.
Now I’m not the best artist out there. I can draw sure, but it’s never exactly how I envisioned it and I’m always better if I have something to work from or use as inspiration. However, drawing is one of the few things in my life that enables me not to worry about expectations or what others will think, because I do it for me and for my own enjoyment. Taking Art & Design at college was a huge wakeup call to this. Lets just say, I didn’t do terribly well. I still got the grades to go on to university and do what I wanted to do, but I never enjoyed art during that time, partially down to me forcing myself to paint things I wasn’t interested in (and partially down to a rather hideous art teacher).
The other day, whilst drawing Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy (I do love me some Marvel!) I realised that I always draw in pen. I hadn’t ever really realised that before and, whilst colouring in the raccoon’s features, I got to thinking why this might be. In the art world drawing with a pen, without pencil sketching first, can be seen as pretty damn ballsy! What if I were to make a mistake? It’d be ruined. How could I fix it if I drew something wrong? The simple answer is I couldn’t, and I think that’s why I do it. I love the fact that it could go wrong. Which is crazy because I’m not like that in any other aspect of my life! If there’s a possibility of failure I’m normally the one burying my head in the corner of the room… But when I’m drawing I’m in control. I have a picture I have to create, so do I look like I have time for pencils?!
Whatever my mood, drawing always gives me something else to focus on. I get to create something all on my own, without anyone else’s opinion or help, and if it does go wrong I deal with it. If it’s beyond saving I start again, but if I realise my mistake quickly I can normally work it into the drawing and that means I’m the only person who will ever know! (Shh)
I often get to that point when I feel I need a creative outlet. I’ll be travelling home or out dog walking and it’ll suddenly hit me; that need to read or draw or write. My creativity is letting me know it’s feeling low on fumes and requires instant immersion into a story or a picture. I always find drawing the most relaxing of the options for me, my brain goes into auto-pilot and all I have to worry about is starting my music and picking the right colours, and that’s why I love it!
Any other drawers out there that can relate? What’s your creative outlet?