Hello once again! Recently, a friend of mine released an adult coloring book (Enigmatic Mind, Vol. 1 by Shiraishi Art). I totally encourage you to purchase it and a set of markers or colored pencils, and get to coloring! Aside from making me want to shamelessly promote a wonderful artist, the release of this book got me thinking about other facets of my creative side (yes, I occasionally do more than write). I used to cross-stitch, draw, paint, color, and do all kinds of artsy craftsy things before my hands decided to be evil and lose a lot of their range of motion. It was all very relaxing. So, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to alternative passions, namely coloring and drawing.
When I was younger, I used to do a lot of paintings for MDA. They used them to make gifts and thank yous for big donors and stuff like that. But as I got older and my hands started screwing up, my mom started helping (read as: started doing most of the work). I still draw sometimes, but if it’s anything more complicated than my usual flower design, I use my tablet (do they even call them that anymore, what with all these half-phone/half-computer tablet things?). I haven’t even done that in a while since I’m too lazy to ask anyone to hook it up to my computer. Honestly, the only reasons I draw anymore are either to design clothes or because I want to color.
One of my favorite types of drawing has always been to scribble random lines and color in the spaces between them. It requires zero talent and gets you into the coloring portion of drawing pretty quickly (which is why I enjoy it so much). Granted, my earlier pieces were simplistic and boring, but as I kept trying to make them more interesting, I discovered shading and even started hiding messages in them. The piece above is one of my favorites.
On the rare occasion that I do try to draw people, I tend to focus on the clothes (I suck at faces and hair and hands and things), I always have. Even then, I start with a line and work my way out from there with the end goal of being able to color. No idea why. I think it’s mostly because of that random love of designing clothes that I mentioned (I don’t usually wear fancy things, but it’s fun to imagine them).
It is an oddly refreshing experience to control something down to its very color. You control the light, the texture, everything. It’s very much like writing in that way, only more visual. A lot of people equate creativity with freedom, but for me, it’s more about control. I have complete control over the worlds I create, whether writing or drawing. It’s kind of a relief when compared to living in the real world.