I’ve been sketching since I was a child. I can’t tell you enough that it’s one of my favourite ways to relax. Concentrating on an object and breathing life into it helps me relax. I draw things as I see them and find the process to be restorative. The best thing about sketching is that there is no right or wrong. It’s entirely up to the artist to decide whether or not changes need to be made. Yes, you can make suggestions but ultimately change is up to the artist. Here’s what sketching has taught me:
Anything can be changed. No matter what you draw, if you like it or don’t like it. If you feel that it could be better or changed to more suit your style, you can change it. Don’t be afraid to draw over that line or use your eraser. Be YOURSELF and don’t be afraid of change.
What I see is not what other people see. When you sketch you take what you see and reinterpret it. Sometimes this is done without realizing that is what you are doing. What you see when you look at something is not necessarily the same thing that anyone else sees. It can’t be. That’s what makes you and your creations unique. It’s also why it’s so important that you use your talents. Don’t be afraid to sketch what YOU see because of the possibility that someone won’t like it. What you see is important. Show it off!
You need to understand what you are sketching. Really look at it carefully, and in a different light. Turn it, flip it, use lighting to cast shadows behind, over, or through what you are drawing. Really discover the subject matter to make it realistic to YOU. Perspective changes everything.
These 3 points can be used to accomplish any goal you set in life. You are the artist sketching your life and making it into what you want it to be. Work towards your goals! Anything can be changed. Change what you feel needs to be changed. What you see may not be what other people see so, make life into what you want it to be. Decide what your goals are and do something every day that brings you closer to achieving them. Discover your goals, change your perspectives, look into them, and turn them into your reality.
See you next week!