The Devil We Knew

So, lately this blog has been pretty much everywhere, huh?
I’m sure it’s clear that I’ve been doing a whole lot of soul-searching, trying to find myself. I’ve recently decided to take a step back and try to find myself by figuring out who I was before I got here.

I used to draw a lot when I was younger, but somewhere along the way, I stopped. I mean I still doodle when I’m on the phone, and I’m quick to whip up a logo or something, as needed, but when it comes to really focusing on building my art skills, I just don’t do it. That’s about to change.

I’ve been back at drawing for a few days now [spurred by an old friend asking me to make him a tattoo], and of course I’m frustrated by my lack of skill. While looking up ways to get better, I found this post, which basically shows how your skills degrade unless you’re consistent when it comes to drawing. So, for the near future, I’m going to work to draw something every day. The focus will be on getting better at analog art [pen, pencil, paper], and augmenting my digital skills as well.

I’ve been reading a few books, one is Steal Like An Artist, which isn’t as much about art as it is about creativity and where to find it. I found three quotes in it that got me all riled up..

“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” –André Gide

“Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.” –Yohji Yamamoto

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use—do the work you want to see done.

That was just the 1-2-knockout I was looking for. Reading that got me fired up to draw again, but I hopped right on the computer to do it. It wasn’t until I started reading the next book, Vector Basic Training, a book on drawing vector drawings on a pc, that I took the author’s advice on putting the focus on being a good analog artist first. It just makes sense, I need to learn how to really draw before I can really draw well.

So that’s it, back to my roots. I’m going to draw more, I’m going to write more, I’m going to do more. It will make me better. If you’re so inclined to monitor my progress, I’ve started up a tumblr page [There’s also a link at the top of this page] to house my drawings until I can find [read “make”] a better home for them.

Wish me luck, y’all!
Good Luck!