I am an artist.
|Soar III by Lyric Kinard|
Sometimes I feel it takes a certain amount of gall or hubris for me to introduce myself that way. My hidden insecurity comes because I know I have such a very long way to go with my drawing skills.
I am confident in what I do and the work I produce as an artist. (You can see some of it here.) I love textiles, dyeing, stitching and printing, photgoraphy and even digital editing. Yet, I have always had a deep desire to be able to draw well - especially the human figure.
Notice I didn't say that I can't draw. (Here comes my soapbox lecture.) Too often when the outcome isn't perfect the first time we try something, we give up and say "I can't." We must give ourselves TIME and PERMISSION to learn.
We must also DO THE WORK. You know how to read right? It takes a lot of time and effort to learn to read but - it can be done. People, even very young children, do it all the time. The same applies to becoming an artist and learning to draw. It can be done!
I'm determined to learn to draw the human figure. So this year, as part of the sketchbook challenge I'm going to draw a lot of people. I'm going to draw at least one face every day. I'll post them on my blog every Friday and over the course of the year we'll see what happens. If you want a little motivation, my book, "Art + Quilt: design principles and creativity exercises" has a whole chapter trying to convince you that you CAN become an artist.
What do you wish YOU could do?
What are you willing to DO THE WORK for?