Ever since I was a child I have enjoyed art. When kids would colour in, I would draw the pictures instead of colouring them in – although, don’t get me wrong, I would also colour in, from time to time. When I would draw, I would become engrossed and the world would fall away. I’ve never considered myself an expert, but growing up, I suppose, I felt like this was one of the few things I was actually good at. After school I sort of let the drawing go, I don’t know why; I think maybe because I just couldn’t find the time due to all the college work and then going onto university. This is something I regret. I miss drawing. I miss looking at paintings and trying to decipher some of the meaning behind it – what was Mona Lisa really thinking behind that smile? Probably, “Will you fucking hurry up already! I have an itch that needs scratching.” (Sorry about the language.)
Often, I just find myself missing that art side of me. I miss the feel of oil pastels under my fingers and the way the colours blend together and I miss seeing a sketch come together and actually look like that which I am drawing. Although, I have wondered whether I am just too rusty, and would have forgotten how to use all art materials – it has been a really long time. I have always been envious of those talented artists whom can actually draw from their imagination though, because this is something I struggle with – I can only draw something that is in front of me. I need a visual. (Also, people are difficult to draw. I have managed it before, but it is not usually my finest work.)
I wish I had really worked at it and honed my craft – as the saying goes – but well, I often let my insecurities get in the way… Anyway, recently I drew again. It hasn’t been vast amounts, but a little, which is a start. I thought I would share them with you. Please bear in mind that I am rusty – seriously, where is the Tinman with the oil? I feel that rusty. The first is the rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the second is Aladdin and the third is from The Hero of Ages. I do have a love of drawing characters – e.g. Disney characters, etc. Also, when I sketch, I often don’t like adding colour – more of a ‘rustic’ black and white sketch kind of girl.
I’ve included the amazing cover to The Hero of Ages above with my attempt at drawing it. If you haven’t read the ‘Mistborn’ series, then you really must – such incredible books!