A couple of friends of mine recommended a mixed-media drawing book, where the author takes a playful approach to art. I thought it sounded like a great idea, especially to help me “loosen up” and draw from imagination more. This cat is a result of the first exercise, drawn with ink & colored pencils.
Folks, I love this cat. Why? Because it doesn’t look like a real cat. Not even close. It’s missing a leg and has imperfections all over the place. Yet it resembles one enough that you’d call it a “cat”. As I used my pencils, suddenly it felt like coloring in a coloring book. I was taken back to my childhood. Except this time, I was the one who drew the fun animal staring back at me from the page.
There is a certain tension for me when trying to draw something as life-like as possible. If I don’t get it near perfect, it shows (says the voice in my head). But when drawing this cat, there were no rules. Just me, paper, a pen & some colored pencils. My heart sang. Does this mean I’m going to ditch the charcoal? No way – I love it! But don’t be surprised if I randomly insert a cartoon giraffe into one of my charcoal drawings. 😉