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In October I started attending an art group with the intention of getting myself out of the house more and becoming comfortable being around other people. The group is not full of artistic people as I expected it to be, and most people sit there doing colouring (and rarely keeping within the lines).
Instead of joining in with the colouring bunch (I already do a lot of that in my spare time), I decided to practice and develop my drawing skills. In my first session I had absolutely no idea what to draw and must have spent at least 15 minutes flicking through magazines looking for inspiration. Eventually I came across an advert – for suntan lotion I think – with a woman in a hat on it. So that is what I drew. And I was surprised with the outcome, as were the rest of the group! [see first image above]
Since I find it easier to draw from images, I searched the internet (mostly Pinterest) each week for something I could draw or copy and adapt. For the remaining art sessions this year I drew from those images, adding colour or shading to make it my own.
I intend to continue drawing in the new year, both at art group and at home. My aim is to eventually not need the guidance of other’s images to draw from. It would be fantastic if I could draw straight from my imagination!