Thanks for popping in.
Not sure what day of the week it is anymore! All this time off and late morning lie ins has left me at sixes and sevens! So I just ignored the calendar, and did what I fancied today – which was DRAW! The house was empty, so I settled down to the floral Alphabet I’m working on. P for Poppy. In fact, I even nailed the Q for Quaker Lady. I know! Some of the letters are a bit obscure, but hey! It’s not a botany lesson! Quaker Ladies are just beautiful little flowers which are really easy to draw! Hahahaha! They will make splendid Groovi Plates and stamps for sure. Nine more to go.
I have noticed something though. The more I am drawing, the better I am getting at it! Isn’t that the same with everything? Now why did I think that drawing would be any different. Why do we think that you have to have been given some divine gift to be able to draw? I get that there will of course be some people who will be naturally talented from the get go, but I am slowly coming to the conclusion that we can’t simply rule out drawing as an unattainable skill; I really think we all have the capacity to be able to master these things – we just have to keep going, keep practicing.
Practice + encouragement + confidence.
Let me expound…
Barbara is drawing an O for Orchid.
Enter Dave. Looks over Barb’s shoulder.
“That’s really good, Barb. Excellent”.
“Thank you. Can you see it’s an orchid?”
“Yep. It’s lovely.”
Admittedly, it helps that the flower is wrapped round the letter O – but nevertheless! A pat on the back goes a long way with ALL of us.
Dave moves on. Barb smiles inwardly, and is motivated to move on to the P for Poppy.
Now let’s flip the switch. Had Dave come in and ridiculed, or humoured me, my confidence would have caved, motivation would have dipped, the pen would have gone in the drawer, and that would have been the end of drawing today. I would have had to carry on because of course, I have a deadline. But there’s no joy in working on something if you’ve been told it’s rubbish. Because it’s rubbish, you’re rubbish, right?
Here’s the thing: DAVE NEVER TAKES THE PISS. HE NEVER CRITICISES ME, NOT ONE BIT. HE BUILDS ME UP.
That’s why I can safely ask him, without fear. He may sometimes question something, may suggest an improvement, but only constructively, NEVER NEGATIVELY.
So I can make my own mind up as to whether the orchid is good or not. In its rough sketched form right now, it still has a way to go before it will be finished. But the shape and the flow are good enough to pursue.
What I am doing here is overlay work. I am working on 2 layers. The actual letter is on the lower layer; then I am drawing on the upper layer, which is good quality tracing paper. That way, I can see through to the letter, and can wrap the leaves and buds etc around it. I am using a Faber Castell HB pencil and a Faber Castell Pencil eraser. That’s it.
Then I will hand the sketched letters to Lucy at work, and she will convert them into Groovi lineart and stamp lineart in the computer (two very different processes). She will blend the two layers into one.
It’s all down to surrounding yourself with people who build you up and help you be your best self. I spent way too many years with people who shot me down and stole my energy.
Am I a great artist? Of course I’m not! But I CAN draw an orchid well enough to make a lovely Groovi plate!! I bet you could too…
Love & Hugs