I cant draw, I seriously can’t draw, so why on earth did I put ‘draw a cartoon’ as part of my bucket list? I’ve started this project countless times and given up thinking my efforts are pathetic. Which they probably are if you compare them to the ones you see on pinterest etc! So I decided that I would stop looking at pinterest for ‘inspiration’ as I was getting more frustrated and less creative.
Instead I got myself a nice spiral bound turquoise (of course, its my favorite colour) plain paper notebook, took myself to sit by the river when it was nice, inside with a film/documentary when it was not and started to doodle. I didn’t strictly stick to cartoon drawing, I did a bit of whatever I fancied; mosaic, doodles, drawing, photography, but whatever I did, I wanted to enjoy it, I wanted to feel creative and I wanted it to be ‘mine’ as much as I could. For example I took photos, printed them and cut them up for the mosaic, ahhh the joys of having digital cameras now!
I’ve loved it, and its become a little bit addictive, this being creative thing. And yes, after a while I went back to pinterest, just for further ideas, not to copy or compare, just for a bit of inspiration really. Once I’d got my head around ‘not comparing myself to others’ I’ve enjoyed looking at their work for what it is, and looking at my own for what it is.
Anyway, I came up with this little man as I’ve always loved hedgehogs, I used to have to chase them out for under my car when I was working nights I would hate to squash one, apparently under my car was a warm cosy place to sleep! I’d love to volunteer with a rescue center (if that exists) or look after them in some way. I love watching them walk, plus they have adorable faces. I would say I’m a sucker for anything cute and fluffy, but they’re hardly fluffy are they? Anyway I made this little man copy me, doing the things that I’ve done in the past few months, maybe with a few details adjusted to my ‘artistic abilities’ (I still can’t draw people that resemble people, more like aliens maybe…).
Its been a good lesson, that I think everyone tries to learn throughout life, not to compare what you do to others, as it will only make you want to give up? With something creative, what does it matter if yours is better or worse than someone else’s? As long as you enjoy doing it and you like the final product surely that’s the point of being creative?