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In college, I listened to the wrong people. I was an art major when I started college, but when I told people what I was studying the most common question I got was "what are you going to do with art?" And it wasn't asked in a nice way. Those people always said, "you should study business. You should study teaching. You should study this or that."
Of course, I took their advice because I doubted my abilities to be an artist. I doubted the arts and what it provided for society. So I switched majors several times after that, at least every semester. I tried business, criminal justice, liberal arts, art history, science, etc. None of them stuck.
By the time, I was ready to transfer to a university from community college I had two degrees. One in liberal arts and the other in humanities. I wasted so much time and I never gave up art outside of school, until I graduated Sacramento State.
Maybe I was mad or upset, but I decided art was never going to become anything after graduating. I threw away all my paintings and sketchbooks. For years I didn't draw or paint. It was only recently, in the past couple of years, that I thought about drawing. In fact it was every day, but I just never picked up a pen again.
When I finally did buy another sketchbook I began doodling here and there mainly when I wanted an escape from my thoughts. I also thought, could I ever pursue this seriously again? I realized I could, just like the photography I was currently doing. However, I doubted everything I drew because there was such a huge gap where I didn't practice my skills, which turned into loads of regret.
Why did I ever stop creating? Why did I listen to all of those other people? The word should is someone forcing their beliefs on you. You should study this or should study that. As you can guess I was feeling pretty low.
Fortunately, the stars were aligning for my need to create again. I came across a blog post on Skillshare about The Brooklyn Art Library and their Sketchbook Project. It was the perfect motivator for me to draw in a sketchbook again. I had already started in my sketchbooks, but now I had a purpose to use one again.
What is your sketchbook about?
It’s not going to be particularly about anything, that’s the beauty of a sketchbook! It’s like a rough draft for everything else.
I didn’t think much about this before, but I have been fascinated by creating patterns lately from rug designs to graphic blocks. I love pattern because patterns are great for building drawing skills, especially when repeating images over and over. Basically, it’s like practicing music scales or chords. It helps you build muscle memory about how to draw a subject.
I started drawing patterns in my sketchbooks before I received the one from the Brooklyn Art Library. I am just continuing that into this sketchbook.
Where can I see your sketchbook progress?
There are several ways you can follow my progress. You can subscribe to my email list for my weekly emails, you can follow this blog or follow me on Instagram.
Also if you are doing a sketchbook project I would love to see it. Drop your Instagram handle in the comments so I can follow you.
I'm in pursuit of living a simple, healthy lifestyle by getting back to the basics and creating a lifestyle conducive to my autoimmune disease. I believe food is medicine, gardening feeds the soul and art quiets the mind. Welcome to my creative corner of the internet!