I always used to think that I couldn't draw, although I always wished that I could. One day, about four years ago, I thought to myself, "I'm just going to try drawing something and I'm not going to worry about whether I can actually draw or not." My first drawings were rather awkward, but they weren't as bad as I thought they would have been. I began to think that maybe I could draw after all...
I've been practicing drawing off and on ever since. I haven't taken any classes in it. I haven't read any books on how to draw. I've just done it. I just sit down with my pen and my sketchbook and try to put down the lines just as I see them, without being influenced by what I think a pen or a tree should look like. And, surprisingly, it's actually not that hard... The more I draw, the better I get at it. Although my drawings will never be perfect, I am delighted to discover that I can draw. And now, to practice and improve my drawing skills even more, I've recently begun working through Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters (EDM) Challenges, after I saw Daisy Yellow begin exploring the challenges earlier this year.
These are my first 3 sets of pages, which include the first 10 drawing challenges. Some of the drawings are good, while others... not so much. But that's okay, and I'm sharing all of my drawings, both the good and the bad, to encourage you to try drawing as well. Because I bet that you, like me, can actually draw better that you think you can, once you let go of all your old ideas about whether you can or can't draw.
As I continue with the challenges, I think that I will start using my watercolour pencils to add colour to my drawings. But for these first drawings I just wanted to focus on the drawing itself. I've been using my Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens (in fine and super-fine) for all of these drawings so far. I really love those pens for drawing. They're simple and comfortable to use, come in many nib sizes, and have waterproof ink. They're also great for writing if you want to add some quick notes to your sketch.
Do you draw? Do you think that you can't draw? If so, do you think that you ever might give drawing a try anyway?