Me, today, at a local Starbucks. When they yelled out my drink was ready, “Guy with black shirt!” I began the walk of shame to the counter. My wife laughed and laughed…
You may have noticed I don’t do a lot of sketches of people. The reason is they’re hard. We don’t like hard, we like our comfort zone… This tells me I need to practice what I don’t like to get the most out of myself. I keep a sketch pad with me that I practice with and I put no pressure on myself, just practice. Let me tell you, there are some goooofy lookin’ people in that pad I have done wrong… If I really don’t like it, I wad it up and practice my wastepaper basketball skills. Win-win. This guy came in from out of the pouring rain and sat down right in front of me and never moved! Perfect! He just sipped his coffee and played on his IBM think pad that looked like it had some stories of its own.
This is how you do creative. I came across the creative woman Jill Weber a couple months ago and I was so inspired by Jill’s creativity and passion for gardening and obviously life. It made me want to do several things: 1. Watch it again. 2. Go draw something. 3. Thumb thru our seed catalog and plan our garden. 4. Thank God again for so many things that really make life rich.
We make life so very complicated yet producing shallow results. I think my life’s motto has become: “Nothing has changed, God is still longing for someone to just walk with Him in a garden.” Enjoy. I especially liked the little wheel of seed growth!
I’m a big boy now. After a couple of years of using watercolors, I am ready to put together my own “pallet”. So I ordered an empty watercolor tin, a Kremer off Amazon and started putting my colors together. But here’s what I use and I like to keep things real simple.
His mercies are brand new every morning.
This lady sat down across the room from me and was great to sketch– profile, a cool bun-thingy going on with her hair, didn’t move but when she typed it sounded like a “Lord of the Dance” production.
I’ve been practicing drawing quick sketches of people and what I’ve learned is the key to drawing people is to never ever make that first initial awkward eye contact. Never. Because every eye contact after that gets awkwarder and awkwarder. That’s why I prefer drawing inhumane things. Wait, that’s wrong, un-human things.