Draw what you feel

Draw what you feel

A good couple of months ago I was asked to draw anything – as long as it is something – by a person that waltzed into my life. “Draw what you feel.” When you suffer from an I don’t give a shit right now disorder, this seems like an immensely difficult task. Anything? Anything.

One evening I was sitting on the couch in my office feeling overly emotional and stressed out (to be honest, hubby and I had one moer of a fight, but that’s personal) and I decided to test this anything goes thing. After all, I need to check in with this person in a couple of days and I don’t feel like being confronted for not doing what I am told. (As if I don’t follow instructions for a living.)

I took my notebook and grabbed a pen and started doodling. This is what came of it:

She said anything and added: what you feel. So there. Grab yourself a rough visual interpretation of what my mind looks like in five minutes flat.

After uhming and ahming during our next meetup, she asked the inevitable question: So did you draw? I was like, “sure I did”, and presented her with my doodle. I was quite proud of myself for following the instructions step-by-step. And the doodle – to me – was quite an achievement.

I think her lack of comment was a sign of disappointment, but I did not question silence. Finaly she noted: I notice there is no colour in your drawing. And blank lines. I was dumbstruck; I am in the middle of a meltdown and you want me to use colour? I didn’t feel very colourful, nor did I feel like looking for a coloured pen. So there.

One evening not too long after, I desperately needed to look busy. I started by drawing a circle. I scribbled and scribbled and scribbled. Every time I needed to keep my hands busy I would add some additional ink lines to the scribbles. It was only a month or so later – yes, the drawing is worth a month of doodling – that I had an epiphany. It was actually that simple!

Because there is no colour between the lines.

That’s all there is to it.

Yours in colour,

Rediscovering my art supplies

Rediscovering my art supplies

A good couple of birthdays ago my eldest sister gave me an asked-for set of watercolour pencils. Why I added this to my birthday wish list I am still not sure. a) I don’t like watercolour and b) pencil is not my favourite medium either. But I wanted watercolour pencils.

Not too long ago I organised my studio slightly and rediscovered them in a drawer. I like doodling when I am just standing around waiting for the rice to cook or waiting for a document to upload or whatever. It makes me look busy and I like looking busy. So, I picked up the pencils and created this picture just for the fun of it. It is rather silly and I know the lines are very crooked, but I kind of liked where the image was going. I made my friend a farewell card and crystal chart afterwards which came out better. Sadly so I don’t have pictures of those but will take some when I visit her some day.

This exercise made me realise that, even though something is not your favourite medium, does not mean you should not use it. Even if it is just for the sake of being silly.

Yours in colour,

The Crew’s Development | Part One

The Crew’s Development | Part One

When I was pregnant with Rudi and baby room decor was on the cards, I wanted to create some silly monster characters for his bedroom. I have written the character sketches then already but never got around to creating them. I finally started! Here is the rough framework so long 😉

Yours in playfulness,

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