Zen Eye

I just started messing around with patterns after my son came home from the library with a book on zendoodles. I finally had to stop myself because I could have just kept going and going. Maybe I’ll continue with this drawing or maybe I’ll start something new and better. Either way it gave me a chance to experiment and figure out what kinds of designs I like better.

Just Keep Moving Pal

I don’t know why people in cars always feel the need to stop for pedestrians. I’m not talking about when I’m half way into the street. I’ll thank you to stop at that point. It’s when I’m half a block from a crosswalk and the person is sitting there smiling and waving like a mad man for me to go.

I mean, the guy in the car could get out of the way really quickly but instead, he forces me to hurry up and get across the street fast so I don’t feel like a jerk holding him up. I don’t want to be rushed. I’m already walking, I don’t need to enhance my exercise.

Some people even stop when they have a green light or when they’re at a stop sign and there’s no one else around. Just go! I understand trying to be nice but at some point we need to keep traffic moving people.

Violent Strawberries

For a while now I’ve kicked around the idea of using some old and new drawings as pages in a coloring book. There are plenty of coloring books out there with perfectly drawn mandalas and flowers. So I’ve started choosing things that are a little, different. Below is an example of one of the different drawings that I plan to use as the base to one of my pages. I’ll have to expand it a bit and add more features so there is more for someone to color in. But it’s a start. 

Have an idea for a coloring page subject that you’ve never seen in existing books? Let me know.

 

 

 

Dare to Sketch

I’ve always done my sketching and drawing in lined notebooks or on plain printer paper. I’ve never bought a sketch book. I must have been scared to make less-than-perfect drawings in something that costs more than, well, free.

If you draw on a sheet of paper you can just crumple it up and throw it away if you don’t like it. In a sketch book, you’re committed.

Fear of imperfection is a terrible thing. It’s hard to overcome. It can affect all areas of your life. And it can keep you from realizing your life’s full potential. Even if you’ve determined not to let fear rule you, it often creeps up stealthily. I see this fear in myself when I don’t want to commit imperfect code to GitHub. I even recognize fear when I keep interrupting myself while starting a good book. I’m afraid I might not be able to understand it or finish it or accomplish what it’s trying to teach.

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A book I found recently at the library has started to change the way I think about sketch books. Dare to Sketch: A Guide to Drawing on the Go, by Felix Scheinberger is a great motivator for starting to sketch in an actual book. Scheinberger gives the reader permission to make mistakes with sketches and to not make the images perfect.

Sketching isn’t fine art. It’s a way to capture the world around you in a personal pictorial narrative. Scheinberger emphasizes the personal aspect of sketching. It’s for you and no one else. These are your own private drawings, almost like a journal, that documents your own private artistic journey.

Sketches may be personal and private but of course you can show them if you want to. Scheinberger puts plenty of his own sketches in the pages of his book. It’s encouraging to see just how imperfect they are. By seeing the author’s rough line work and often disproportionate shapes, it gives the reader confidence to start sketching even if they don’t think they’re very good.

So I went out and got a sketch book. I’m determined to use it as an exploration tool for my drawing art. It won’t be a “public” book so I can make terrible sketches and not worry about what other people think. Instead, the challenge will be in not judging myself too harshly.