Drawing is my therapy. I find when I put pencil to paper (or Apple Pen to iPad) my mind quiets and I can focus just on the blank page in front of me. There is a feeling of calm that washes over me as my ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions are turned into illustrations and words.
Over the past month I’ve felt a strong pull to draw and get my ideas and thoughts ‘out of my head’ and onto the page. It’s hard to describe in words, but once they are on the page I can look objectively at the feelings and gain new insights. I thought I would share a few of my recent illustrations from my sketchbook and the story behind them.
The idea for this illustration began with my feelings around being my own cheerleader and not searching for external validation on social media for my art. I thought to help me visualise my cheerleaders and make them more real in my mind I would draw them. I’m actually going to print my cheerleader illustration out to have in my office as a daily reminder that I can cheer myself on!
An illustration about how my heart is feeling over the past few weeks. My son is starting school for the first time and this time of transition has brought out mixed feelings and emotions for me. So I drew what I was experiencing, that way I could look at my feelings as an observer rather than being swept away by them. I found after drawing my feelings a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders.
“My son is starting school for the first time and this time of transition has brought out mixed feelings and emotions for me. So I drew what I was experiencing, that way I could look at the feelings as an observer rather than being swept away by them. “
Measure of Success
I found my mind was thinking a lot about what success is and how its measured by society versus my own views of success. So I drew how I currently measure my success in life in this little illustration. While this illustration is still in sketch stage, I’m looking forward to playing around with colours.
The start of a new year is a time when I often feel pressured to set big goals and if I don’t have it all done by mid-January I’ve failed. So I decided to lean into this feeling and then turn it on its head, by getting back to what the new year actually is – a fresh start. So I drew different fresh starts that can happen throughout the year, and how these slow moments like the change in seasons or a cup of tea can give you a new beginning. I wanted to communicate to myself and others that it’s okay to start 2019 slowly and really get comfortable in the new year, rather than rushing.