Art for Art’s Sake.

This image I drew of myself takes in the life of a writer - a computer, books and a hot cuppa. :)
This image I drew of myself takes in the life of a writer – a computer, books and a hot cuppa.

A few weeks ago, I blogged that I dabbled in poetry, but also whenever the creative mood strikes me, I also dabble in other creative pursuits, such as drawing.

You could say I come from a bit of an artistic background; my mother was always drawing and painting and my sisters and I did art throughout our school years (pottery was always a favourite of mine – I loved getting my hands dirty). Many years ago, when I started working, my supervisor told me that I even look ‘the arty type’, though I never knew what exactly that meant – still don’t.

One of my sister’s took it on more than I ever did and had some of her paintings and drawings placed in science books and even in Australian Geographic magazine. Me, I draw occasionally, and when I do I prefer to do cartoons or manga drawings as I find them easier and more fun to do.

I drew this from a children's book (can't remember the title). My apologies to the illustrator Sarah Gibb.
I drew this from a children’s book (can’t remember the title). My apologies to the illustrator Sarah Gibb.

When it comes to drawing, one of the hardest things for me to do have always been faces, so I envy anyone who can do good portraits. This is why I’ve always been hesitant in drawing people. I always had difficulty in coming up with my own creations; I usually have to copy the work of somebody else, so I was destined never to be an ‘artist’ in that sense.

I drew these quite some time ago, and have since become a bit torn and yellowed with age. Again, my apologies to original artists Deborah Jones and those at Hallmark.
I drew these quite some time ago, and have since become a bit torn and yellowed with age. Again, my apologies to original artists Deborah Jones and those at Hallmark.

As well, I’ve taken up the ink pen and done some calligraphy. I wrote out the invitations for my own wedding as well as that of one of my friends. I’ve made my own cards and did some scrapbooking – even went so far as to create a scrapbook for my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. I’m very much a ‘creative type’, so it would seem I’m a ‘right brain’ kind of person.

Yes, I draw and dabble in various other artistic pursuits, but my real artistic hobby is photography, which I have taken up in more recent years (and much prefer to be behind the camera than in front of it). I’ve also been given a new phone and have joined Instagram to experiment with. I tend to find photography to be much easier than some of these other endeavours though – just point and click. πŸ˜‰

Do you have a creative pursuit as a hobby? Do you find some easier than others? Are you very much a ‘right brain’ person?

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