My one and only New Year’s Resolution is to draw every day.
I used to draw at least once a week, because I always start with a drawing and (usually) a watercolour painting for each new fabric design on Spoonflower.
Tuesday is design day and I enjoy the time taken to do this, as you can see in this post.
I haven’t always drawn though. I remember virtually nothing from my Art lessons at secondary school and certainly wasn’t considered ‘good at art’. When it came to choosing subjects for public examinations at 16, I did want to choose Pottery (Ceramics) and was strongly dissuaded from doing so and was pointed in the direction of Biology-with-Chemistry instead! Reflecting on it now, this seems odd as I would say both my parents were creative: my mother was a practised dressmaker and my father an expert gardener and garden designer, as well as an amateur oil-painter.
It wasn’t until very much later that I swam back against the current and returned to creative pursuits, including drawing. I paid to have drawing lessons from an artist called Jill York who lived near me. I owe her a great deal. This is the result of one lesson, using coloured pencil:
In the end I did a Textiles degree at CCAD, as a mature student. On my first day at college, we sat on our stools, with our drawing boards, in front of a large display of Japanese-inspired flowers and artefacts and drew for two days. It was wonderful: I had to pinch myself to believe I was really sitting there.
So I want to return to the practice and the pleasure of drawing. During my visit to Iona in November, I saw this book, which seemed to offer the perfect prompt, especially as the user is encouraged to use different media in different months.
Little did I realise that January media meant felt-pens! I have no experience at all of these as a drawing medium so that was a challenge in itself. I bought these ones (for £3.99) as a useful starter kit!
Fortunately, I already had some grey fineliners (Graphik Line Makers), which are very useful for marking out the confines of the drawing, and a black fineliner for highlighting key areas (Mitsubishi Uni-ball).
So far, so good. Half-way through January already and fourteen drawings are complete.
You can find all of them on Instagram here.