Teaching an old dog some cat tricks

by kalbzayn on May 7, 2007

Besides a couple art classes in junior high and high school, I never made any real attempts at learning how to draw/paint/sculpt. I have a few friends that are just simply amazing at it which probably helped encourage me that I would never be able to do that.

By the way, I hate when people have the, “I could never do that mentality” yet I find myself doing it more often than I care to admit.

I’m in desperate need of learning how to draw some things. In addition to the wolf I mentioned in the last post, I also need to be able to draw some trees, houses, a castle (inside and out), landscapes, cityscapes, and the list grows every day.

But I can’t draw any of them. When I sit down in my bed with a blank sheet of paper, I just can’t really visualize what they look like and how I would convert that to paper.

What I need is a challenge. But who has time for a challenge. Julie Oakley, that’s who. She spent the last year walking at least one mile from her house and then drawing and/or painting what she saw and then rushing home to post it to her blog.

That is just a great challenge and I bet she really learned a ton about how to draw the things around her neck of the woods. I bet she can close her eyes and draw any tree, fence, farm, lake, river that she wants.

Plus, she has enough reference material to get a prompt for any time she has trouble.

That’s the key to real creativity. Doing the hours upon hours of study and practice so that when you need to pull something out of your tool set it is already a mastered skill.

I think a lot of us spend too much time practicing the finished project instead of practicing the boring routines and steps it takes to create the pieces the project will need.


Paul May 7, 2007 at 10:39 am

I have to give you credit for trying this. I have a hard time drawing as well, especially “just can’t really visualize what they look like and how I would convert that to paper” like you say.

kalbzayn May 8, 2007 at 10:38 am

I printed out a few pictures from Flickr last night. A couple of wolves and another of a neat angle of a castle. I figure the only way to learn what stuff looks like is to get some pictures and try to recreate them.

I went to a Barnes & Noble last night and tried to draw some of the people that sat still long enough.

It’s a ton of fun…mostly because it is new and fresh to me.

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