In my first adult drawing class about 9 years ago, Eva, the instructor, had us bring in a pair of shoes to draw. I brought in my youngest’s baby shoes. I followed that up with a drawing of my daughter’s ballet shoes, and then one of my other son’s cleats. I still occasionally sketch my shoes. The angles, the foreshortening, the perspective – they are such a great subject to practice on!
My first shoes
Please excuse the large watermark 🙂
About 8 years ago, when my third child was still a baby, I finally signed up for a drawing class. For years, I had looked longingly at the course catalog, but the class times were never convenient. Finally, I realized I needed to make it happen, and I’m so glad I did!
In that class, I quickly moved from pencil to colored pencils. You’ve probably seen my bear – my first proud moment! For a long time I continued to work in color pencils and I created pieces that, til this day, I am proud of.
Eventually, the limitations of working only in colored pencil started to frustrate me. Pencil was perfect for the hair of an animal, but it was really hard to create smooth surfaces, like skin. Blending colors wasn’t easy. I wanted to draw the beach – sand, sky, surf – but landscapes in colored pencil were a challenge. Without know it, I was longing for watercolor. (to be continued…)
I plan on filling this sketch book. Although it is a bit daunting! I like saving all my old sketch books and looking through them. I even keep drawings that I am embarrassed by. They show me how far I’ve come. I look at old sketches with a fresh perspective and know what is “off.” Sometimes I look at a sketch and proudly think, “I did that?” As I thumb through, I am reminded of projects I was interested in. I can add some of those to my list for the coming year.