Today, I stayed home from work. I didn’t sleep well last night, so I called and told them I wouldn’t be there. I eventually crawled out of bed and poured myself a cup of the coffee my wife made hours ago. As I was sitting at the kitchen table, I was reading a book called Sketch!: The Non-Artist’s Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life by France Belleville-Van Stone. In the book, France mentions a website called Sustainably Creative by an artist called Michael Nobbs, and I decided to check it out.
The first thing that I saw at the top of the page was a notice: The #20MinutesADay Challenge Starts TODAY! I looked a little further, and decided it must be fate. This is exactly what I need to give myself a kick in the seat of the pants!
A little bit about me: I’m 42 years old, and I’ve been working at the same job for over 20 years. The job entails taking a client’s logo and turning it into a program that tells computerized embroidery machines what to sew. It is not a creative job. Basically, I trace corporate logos all day. I am thankful for the job, but it has crushed my soul and completely strangled any creative impulses. By the time I get home, I have no energy to draw.
I really want to get back into the groove of drawing. It has literally been years since I have done anything that I consider creative art. Sure, I do some projects when someone asks me to create a wedding invitation or a birthday card, but nothing that I put my heart into. It’s time for that to change. To that end, I signed up for the #20MinutesADay challenge and set up this blog.
Yes, this is my first ever blog post. I’m an introvert, and I don’t do any of the social media stuff that “normal” people do. So please go easy on me, okay? I don’t have a clear idea where this will lead, but I’m going to give it a try.
In the book “Sketch!”, France says that blind contour drawings are a great way to loosen up and get over the fear of making a mark on a fresh page. It’s something you can do without the intent of it ever being “art”, and you don’t even need to care about the results. So tonight, I spent 20 minutes drawing at a meeting I went to. Here’s what happened.
This is looking down at my legs and feet. It feels really strange to post these. I know they are just blind contour drawings, but still I feel like I shouldn’t show anyone. Oh well. I need to get over myself.
I have a feeling it’s going to take a while for me to re-learn the skills that I spent so long developing. It’s not “like riding a bike”. If you don’t use your drawing skills, they will get rusty. My 20 minutes a day will be spent trying to teach myself how to draw again.