Cate is always labeling me as the artist here. I can’t say I’ve ever comfortably taken on that title. If you’ve ever participated in an online group for creatives you no doubt have heard countless arguments on the art vs. craft and artist vs. craftsman and know it can get really contentious. In general, the creative arenas where I have excelled are often looked upon as crafts rather than art – knitting, hand spinning, bookbinding, etc. I also spent a lot of years exploring creative outlets that kept me well away from drawing – rubberstamping, collage, photography. I’m not sure why. As I recall in 7th grade being invited to a special art class the following year but not being able to do so without giving up band/choir or Spanish. After that I stuck to visual arts that relied on ready-made images instead of my own. I think I judged my stuff too harshly and since I didn’t get to learn more I decided to not continue? I don’t know.
At some point while I was in college I started to draw again. I don’t know why. But it ended up being a small part of my first job after I graduated as I hand illustrated an educational website about weather targeted at elementary school students. I do know I did a lot of drawing after that for a time. I can think of 3-4 sizeable pieces I did in 1998-2000. I couldn’t tell you though when I last drew before picking up zentangle in December.
In the process of downsizing I’m coming across snippets of my creative past and thought it would be kind of fun to share a bit. The following piece I did after I moved to Colorado to attend graduate school based on the date in the margin. I have no clue what prompted it, other than I was not in a very good place emotionally. I was struggling with the move and with the isolation my fellowship for grad school caused. And of course when you tell someone you studied meteorology they always crack jokes about people still getting paid for being wrong most of the time so that was probably at least a small bit of fuel too.
I’m actually kind of surprised at this one. I seemed to have a pretty decent grasp on the markers (Tombows I believe if memory serves). I got great shading on the title and I surprisingly got the people to look like the same people throughout the boards. Still, a comic artist I am not! LOL! Based on some other pieces I’ve run across so far I think I should stay far away from drawing people in the future!
I’d love to hear a bit about your past adventures in art or craft making prior to finding zentangle! Please share in the comments or make your own post and share the link.