In high school (which was a long time ago), I took an Advanced Drawing class, and became obsessed with drawing portraits. While I wasn’t very good at drawing the whole person, I wasn’t bad with faces. I loved learning how to draw portraits.
Just the other day, I dug my old sketchbooks out from storage. That was fun! (I also found my plastic horse collection, a St. Louis Cardinals pennant from the mid 1960’s, and my 6th grade autograph book…)
Some of the drawings had some moisture damage but were mostly o.k. (I’m not sure why the teacher marked with red pen right on the drawing…)
I drew this one of Jim Croce and it made it into an art show. I was proud! (I do realize that many of you will have no idea who Jim Croce was. A wonderful singer/songwriter from the 1970’s.)
The next year in college, I would sit in my dorm and draw the faces of some of my friends, from their high-school senior photos.
This one is my college room-mate. (1976!)
After college, I stopped drawing portraits. Which brings me to the real point of this post. Why in the world would I completely stop doing something I enjoyed so much? It’s a mystery to me now. Does adulthood have to do that to us? Why do we get so caught up in the “important” matters of life that we completely ignore a passion?
I’ve decided recently, though, that it’s never too late to revive those early passions, and I’ve decided to start drawing again. I may even draw portraits of my family and frame them to put on these walls that are still bare from our move in November! (Use your art as home decor, I say!)
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I picked up a few drawing books that have helped me find my way back, Faces and Features, by Debra Kauffman Yaun and Draw Real People! by Lee Hammond. These make drawing very simple and are great, even if you are just a beginner. (I encourage you to shop locally, but I realize you might not have that ability.)
I also bought a new sketchbook, a nice one from the dollar store. With acid-free pages! Drawing is definitely not an expensive hobby. This is a nice one, made by Canson.
You don’t need special pencils to draw, of course, but a few drawing pencils and a good quality eraser are nice to have. A common medium soft graphite pencil for general drawing is the 2B pencil. A softer one, like the 4B, can be used for shading.
Don’t tell yourself that you “can’t draw.” If you want to try, you’ll be amazed at what you can do, with some basic instruction.
Do you have a former passion that somehow got lost? I hope you’ll find it again. If that passion is drawing, I hope I’ve given you some new resources and a little encouragement!
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