When we’re kids, we draw. We don’t worry about whether we do it well; we just make marks on paper and have fun. But as we grow up, we get a lot more concerned with whether we’re doing it “right,” and many of us abandon the practice. And that’s really too bad! Drawing is as essential a form of human expression as, say, speaking and writing. If you can get past your internal judgements and just draw things regularly, you’ll discover that you have a visual language that’s unique to you – and learning to use that language can open whole new creative worlds for you.
You don’t have to take a ton of drawing classes or turn it into any kind of formal (and therefore intimidating) practice. You can start anytime, with cheap materials, and just draw. My guest for this show took that same journey. Linda Tieu, like many of us, gave up drawing during her school years, because she felt that her drawing didn’t compare favorably with the “artists” in her class.
But eventually, Linda decided to set aside whatever drawing “should” be, and she just let herself play around. She doodled, she drew cartoons, she made patterns with lines and shapes – and over time, she grew to love the act of drawing again. In this show, Linda and I talk about how getting friendly with drawing has enhanced her other creative pursuits – not to mention, her whole life.
Draw on These Links:
• Linda also mentioned the classic book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards.
• Line by Line is a series of essays by James McMullen in the New York Times – a ten-lesson course in the basics of drawing.
• Danny Gregory’s books are wonderful drawing resources, especially (in my opinion) The Creative License.
• While we’re on the subject of Danny Gregory, his short films about drawing are equally wonderful.
• Need stuff to draw? Try this 100 Day Drawing Challenge list. (Don’t freak yourself out with 100 days of drawing, though, if you know it’ll make you give up! Just take whatever inspiration you need.)