I’m embarking on a new creative pursuit, one that I have not tried before, one that I have never been that good at doing. (Perhaps because I’ve never tried.)
So, what is this new endeavor? Drawing!
Now, my 12-year-old daughter has drawn for several years now and loves it. She’s actually quite good.
So, what drew me to this?
One of the main reasons is because I wrote a children’s picture book. Unfortunately, though the images are planted somewhere in my head, I never had the ability to transfer those visuals to paper… until now.
Well, I still don’t exactly have the ability to transfer it to paper, but I’m working on it.
My wife bought me the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Currently, I’m going through it. The first three things the workbook wants you to draw is a self-portrait (you don’t realize how ugly you are until you have to draw one), your own hand, and a corner of a room, which is, by far, the most difficult for me out of the three.
Even in this short time, however, I’ve learned more than I’ve ever known before. And it’s only been three days since I’ve started drawing.
I’ve also worked on a few things outside of the workbook. I drew my wife’s purse as it sat on the table...
...I drew our kitchen from my perspective on the table...
...and I drew an image from the children’s book I wrote. The book is called The Water Rose and it’s about a little girl named Evie who yearns to be cured from her disease. In the book, she plants an acorn and an archway/doorway to another world grows from it.
Don't judge too harshly. I've only been doing this for a week or so. Will this lead to something more? It's hard to say. But I do like doing it. You begin to look at the things in this world a little differently, and that can't be a bad thing. After all, is that what art is supposed to help you do?
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.