I love drawing and painting, and I want to draw and paint more.
You might think that's fairly obvious, but to my poor grief addled head, not so much.
I draw and paint as and when I can. And that isn't very often. The mixed-media ladies that I paint take a long time to do. Layered up over time. I realised that I wanted to be able to draw most days, quick sketches, small studies, in order to get better at drawing and to draw more easily.
But most importantly, so that I can feel happy.
Drawing makes me happy, and all things considered over the past few months, I feel like I need some of the happy.
So I ordered myself a moleskine artists sketch journal that I can keep in my pocket, and some coloured pencils. This morning, I woke up and said to myself, Betty and Eric and Ernie (yes, I talk to my cats) "Let the happy begin!"
Dad had saved an insert from a magazine for me ("I saw this and knew you'd love it!"), all about how to draw cats using the grid technique. (my dad knows me very well). It explained how to draw a grid onto a piece of tracing paper and then put it over a photo. Then draw a grid of the same size on your paper and copy, grid square by grid square, the photo onto your paper.
This is the first stage. You can see the grid, and the drawing I've copied from a photo of a cat.
Using this technique helped me draw the prespective of the cats features fairly accurately. After erasing the grid squares, I was left with my outline. Bring on the coloured pencils!
The process wasn't always easy with a Betty in the house, but we negotiated a settlement pleasing to both of us (food related on both sides) and things were able to move along.
Here's my finished moggy.
I thoroughly enjoyed drawing her and am definitely going to be using the grid technique again.
I felt happy while I was drawing. A little bit of nourishment to heal the heart. I'm going to try and draw more often. Building up a small moleskine journal of sketch pages to help my heart heal. It's what Mum would have wanted.
Have you tried the grid-drawing technique? Did you like it?