Teach Yourself to Draw

Hello, hello! How have you been? It's good to see you again!

I'm back after an extended break from blogging and can't wait to fill you in on all the exciting things I have in the works. After a knee and foot injury, I took a break from running and have been pouring myself into drawing and illustration over the past year. I LOVE writing, being creative, crafting and coloring. Growing up I used to carry around this red suitcase made of wood with all of my art supplies. When we moved from California back to New Jersey, it was lost by the airline and just broke my heart. And if you're like me...
LOL! My mom was on a hunt for years to find another one and guess what...for my birthday what does she walk in with...a red wood box filled with art supplies!! Do you see that smile?!? Sometimes it's the littlest things among the hustle and bustle of day to day life, the stress and forgetting our passions that can bring us right back to where we need to be. 

THEN About a year ago, I started going through the things I would want to put on my bucket list. You know all of the things you want to teach yourself, things to try and places to go. Well as a graphic designer I wanted to learn how to draw and not just on the computer.  So after much googling, I came across this TED TALKS with Graham Shaw and with a few quick strokes all the mental puzzle pieces came together. AMAZING!
It was one of the moments I was kicking myself for not trying sooner and for giving up on my stick figures earlier in life. I encourage you to check it out and let your inner artist shine.  Why people believe they can’t draw - and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull
DAY 1: After watching the video & looking at sketch books, here is my first try on October 20, 2015:
DAY 3: I searched and looked for pictures to use as references. Here's my 2nd on October 22, 2015:

And by DAY 57: Just three days shy of 3 months drawing every night, I was able to draw Bruce Lee

So on and on the days went I kept practicing and watching videos from any source I could find. I became a natural artist and not just a Graphic Designer by print. Big check on my bucket list!
Then I thought I love coloring and I love drawing, why not create my own series of adult coloring books!! So with you in mind I'll be bringing a different blogging experience to you instead of just reading blog post after blog post, we'll be interacting with each other, coloring, drawing, designing and sharing our work. I can't wait! 
p.s. To celebrate the soon-to-be-released coloring books, here’s a free, downloadable page for you to enjoy! Grab your jammies, some tea or coffee, your crayons and let's go!
Don't forget share, share, share! I would love to see your creations and inspirations.
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