Copyright (C) 2011
How It All Started
It all began a little over two months ago, on June 10, 2011. I remember it so very vividly because it was my husband’s birthday and I wanted to do something creative, something different, a real surprize. I wondered what could I give someone who had given me his heart and the world? What could I do that would truly surprize him and that he would have no idea I could do? Just like himself, he already knew my musical and writing abilities, so singing or writing another song he would appreciate but it wouldn’t be a surprize. And then, I looked straight in front of me and saw his lovely picture and to my own surprize, the more I doodled the more I thought to myself it started to resemble him. The real beauty was when he saw it, the first thing he did was smile and say, ” This looks like me, who drew this? ” For me my birthday gift had been an absolute success and the rest is history. From then until now I have totally enjoyed doing raw sketches.
Making My Sketches Special
I like the idea that when I am inspired by a feature, a photo, a person or even a thing, I try to capture in my sketch that inspiration. Some have actually turned out better than others. Just like my fiction writing and writing my novel, I enjoy having the opportunity to create, develop and nurture an idea to bring it to life and be able to make it turn out the way you wish it could or would be, rather than how it actually is. For an example on my second sketch I drew my parents who both died a month apart several years ago. For me to be able to sketch them brought both of them back to life for me ; and to be able to sketch the watches that I knew they each had given one another when they were alive into the drawing just made it all so very special. Another very special addition was to be able to sketch my husband sitting inside our new car he had just bought for us a couple of years ago, having just passed his driving test. To be able to sketch him in his glory of having his dreadlocks and beard was another joy for me. Being Rastafarian all his life he has always had them and when he had to cut them only God has seen them until now they have grown back and beautifully.
Sketching Quickly has been better for Me
Another aspect of my sketching that I first noticed and then my husband immediately noticed is the speed in which it takes. For me once I have the idea and/or inspiration it only takes minutes to complete. In fact, many times I have finished so quickly, that I thought I must go back and change this or that and each time I did that I realized it was best to not change what I had sketched because it is what I had felt at the time. I know I have a lot to learn and in time and with more practice I’ll get better but at this point I am so very pleased. To be able to take a thought or idea or photo , etc and try to capture with only pencils has been like the creation of a story or my novel except it takes it to another level for me. It puts substance and form and becomes that vision that can not only be heard and felt but seen as well. My new discovery is great and I look forward to taking it to the highest level I can. I especially am grateful to so very many friends and family in addition to my husband, who is my number one fan to continually encourage and support my efforts. I Thank and appreciate each of you.
Some of My Sketches Part One :