“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.”
- Beatrix Potter
As children, we all drew pictures. For most people though, drawing is not something that they continue with beyond their childhood.
Just as many people stop playing an instrument when they leave school, or give up on certain sports, so people give up on drawing.
Colouring books have certainly made a come-back in recent years with the rise of colouring books specifically geared towards adults. These colouring books are often marketing as aids to mindfulness — a key ingredient for divergent thinking.
As many reports and articles have shown, maths and science take precedence over the arts in schools, and while it is outside the scope of this article to discuss the pros and cons of teaching arts at school, it is a fact that the act of ‘making’ things becomes less of an interest and ability as we move from childhood into adulthood.
You don’t need to use anything more than a pen or pencil more this. We’re not trying to recreate the Sistine Chapel!
You could try something simple like a cup or an apple. Or it could be something more complex like a landscape or somebody’s face.
Pay attention to all the details of the thing you are drawing and try to recreate them as best you can.
But don’t judge it or ease it.
Just draw it.
Remember the non-judgemental attitude you had toward creativity as a child.
You could even hang your drawing on the refrigerator once you’ve finished!