Some wise man said: “No matter how many times you run away from a dream, it will still catch up with you”. I’ve been dreaming of being able to draw beautifully since childhood, but I only seriously decided to learn how to draw now.
The most difficult thing in my pursuit of creativity was the lack of free time – it was almost entirely consumed by my work. However, I managed to solve this problem and now I successfully combine a career in the office and a career as an painter.
This article is about how to combine work and hobby. From it you will also learn how to start drawing pictures in different styles and techniques for just 100 days.
How to combine work and hobby?
Everyone has a job and a hobby. As for work, it’s hard to say that everyone has a favorite. But hobby always is an activity that people really enjoys.
Favorite hobby helps to relax and distract from vanity, it fills the emptiness in the soul and makes you happy every time you come in contact with it. And it’s great. There must be something bright and interesting in life that makes each of us develop and rejoice.
Work in our lives
What is work? Of course, we all know that without work we won’t get anywhere. So we work to eat and get dressed. In general, our work ennobles us in all spheres – it feeds us, clothes us, allows us to relax and to equip the house. However, if we turn to statistics, we can see a sad picture. Many working women and men do not enjoy their work at all. And this is really sad. After all, everyone wants to do what they love, but not everyone has the opportunity.
Many of us are forced to devote our lives to things we don’t like, giving up our health and time. We exchange our labor for money, which also often does not bring joy. We want more money, to work less, and, of course, to rest at our pleasure. But, alas, not everyone can afford this luxury.
What to do if the thought of tomorrow’s work day is so depressing that no one wants to wake up in the morning? What if every year you have to go to work, which you hate like crazy?
Let’s turn to our lives outside of work. What do we see there? In addition to the hustle and bustle of home, we see our family, recreation, enjoyable pastimes such as reading books, knitting, sewing, computers, drawing, and other creative pursuits. How much this favorite thing captivates and helps to relax! This is called a hobby. A thing that brings pleasure. An activity in which we put our heart and soul, and in which we do not regret to invest time.
Hobbies in our lives
Have you ever met someone who was madly in love with their hobby? Absolutely, because it’s impossible to be passionate about something you’re not interested in. Women who knit, get so much pleasure that the time flies by, and with it born a real masterpiece – sweaters, jackets, hats and other useful things. A wonderful hobby, which gives joy to those who knit and those who wear the clothes.
Women who adore animals and devote all their time to their loved ones. They live only with the thought that very soon they will see their four-legged friend and help many of our smaller brothers find a family. It’s also a hobby that infuses life with a fresh vibe.
Someone loves soapmaking. This is a very popular hobby today. Many housewives and working women invest time and money in developing this fascinating endeavor.
Others can’t imagine their life without such a hobby as the computer. The Internet is a part of their life. They are willing to spend hours and hours online and learn new information.
Hobby as a way to earn money
Have you ever thought about the fact that your hobby can become not only a hobby for the soul, but also bring real income? Do you think that hobbies and work are not compatible? Then let’s look at some options that can really bring in the money.
It is important to remember that if you want to turn a hobby into the main way of earning, then you should be very demanding. After all, in the first place, you need to achieve professionalism in a certain field of activity, so that your offer to the consumer becomes tempting. Do not be afraid of criticism from the outside. Without it, it is sometimes difficult to appreciate your capabilities. If you make a certain product, then it must be the best.
If you spend time studying the information on the Internet, then why not apply this knowledge and do not create your site? If your hobby is soap making, then you know how natural products are appreciated today. Just try the same Internet to find customers. Initially it will be a few, then (if they like your products) dozens, and then you look, and a hundred customers will accumulate, which will provide you a good income.
Do not think that all this is not about you. Of course, it’s difficult to start your own business based on a hobby, but it’s still worth trying to change your life for the better, to become independent and enjoy your favorite thing. Remember, quit your day job for a hobby when your hobby is already generating income equal to your monthly salary. Earlier to leave the place of work makes no sense. A great time to develop their abilities can be a maternity leave. Usually women at this time are actively interested in additional income and looking for something to their liking.
Any endeavor will bear good fruit if you study it carefully, invest time and try to create something special. Hurry up and find your niche and turn your hobby into a job.
Why did I decide to become a painter?
Have you ever wondered why people paint? At first glance, the question seems very trivial, like “Why do people dance?” or “Why do people go out to eat in restaurants when they can eat at home?”
But in fact, if we dig deeper and get away from the formal answers “because it’s my job” or “because I like it,” if we find the motivation that drives us to paint, if we discover what it is that we like about the process, we can find solutions to many of the problems in painting and understand:
- What to draw?;
- How to find own style?;
- Where to get your inspiration from?
The first step to solving problems in drawing is a list of answers to the question of why you draw. It will be different for each person.
In thinking back and considering my motives, I discarded the following:
- “I’ve been drawing since I was a kid without stopping”;
- “It’s become my hobby and then become my job” and went deeper.
It turned out to be quite a lot of points. I realized that each motivation corresponds to different drawings, different approaches, different styles, and even different materials. But let’s look at what most of the budding artists respond to.
1. The way to get rid of tension and stress
The first thing many people say when asked why they draw is that they want to draw.
What is behind this “want”? Perhaps, our bodies benefit when we draw. You’ve probably noticed that when you’re tense or bored, you start pacing back and forth, swaying in your chair, or doodling.
For myself, I’ve found the answer to the question, “Why am I doing this?” It’s a way to relieve stress, to get rid of boredom when I can’t interrupt a conversation, hang up, or walk away from an uninteresting lecture. And it is very good that the body itself gets involved in getting rid of negative emotions. This can be used effectively.
If your body’s switching from internal muscle or emotional clamps to drawing works, then draw! It can be doodling, zentangle, or just any doodling.
2. Fueling positive emotions through body connection
The second reason to love drawing comes from way back in childhood. As soon as kids get pencils or markers, they begin to draw, and not only on paper, but also on the walls, floor and furniture. Sound familiar?
It is clear that children are actively exploring the world around them, including the pencil’s ability to leave a mark on the surface. But they do it again and again, and do it with great pleasure! They are fascinated by the process, when out of “nothing”, thanks to their actions, a piece of the new world appears. Drawing “doodle-doodle-doodle” each time becomes a new discovery for them and feeds them with positive emotions.
It seems to me that I discovered the secret of the miracle of such drawing when after some body therapy our group was asked to draw, and not with the leading hand. The process fascinated me. I felt my mind shut down, and I just admired the miracle of line birth.
Try to doodle with a non-master hand and see how you feel. Perhaps you too will feel the delight of it. I think in this way we begin to understand our body better and connect with it. These are elements of art therapy.
3. Expressing the inner state through images and symbols
Small children draw “scribbles” that we do not understand, and slightly older children begin to represent meaningful pictures: a house, mom, dad, a girl, a tree, etc. And I do it again and again.
What do these drawings mean to them? As a version, so they trust a sheet of paper with their impressions and experiences. This allows psychotherapists to use drawing to identify difficulties in the development of the child, problems in the family, etc. Drawing is a type of non-verbal communication, where one can say more and easier through a picture than through words.
Adults also use pictographs, symbols, diagrams, plans, infographics for ease of understanding. Think of signs in crowded places, road signs, diagrams of subways, museums, parks. Signs and diagrams are the foundation of visual thinking. This type of thinking is faster than thinking based on memory and logic.
The scientists noticed: drawing pictures improves perception, visual memory, and fine motor skills. It helps people to look at things more deeply, to study things in a comprehensive way.
Everyone has his or her own reasons for doing drawing:
- To develop the creative hemisphere;
- To distract from everything, to meditate by drawing;
- To express oneself;
- Drawing is a great way to consolidate information;
- To make gifts with my own hands;
- To be able to visualize information clearly and quickly;
- Drawing is a great way to make money if you are a craftsman;
- Drawing it is also a transition to another reality.
All except the seventh point, for me are the reasons why I want to learn how to draw. I will learn many self-studies, search the Internet for videos, collect pictures, illustrations and sketches, which caught my attention, to record videos of my drawings. I don’t plan to take part in courses, but who knows, maybe I’ll visit them too.
How to start drawing?
In fact, it’s not so easy to start painting. Without experience in this field it is unlikely that you will be able to create a beautiful picture at the first time.
What to do in such a situation? You need to abandon all self-criticism and just start drawing. Everything comes with experience. One of the drawing books said that being able to draw is a skill. And just like reading or driving a car, drawing eventually becomes an automatic skill. And I believed that.
The skill of drawing consists of the ability to perceive and create: edges, space, ratios, light and shade, gestalt (integrity). And all of this I will pay attention to for a hundred days.
Week 1. “Visual Notes.”
And so I took a pen in my hands. First myself, then the pen. Drawing with paint is the 99th level of magic for me. So, the pen. Watercolor Jediism is ahead of me. And I decided to start by trying my hand at sketchbooking.
Sketches are visual notes consisting of text, drawings, diagrams, arrows, frames, and lines. It is a way of drawing for anyone who is capable of scribbling with a pen on paper. The brain uses only two channels to process information – verbal (ideas as words) and visual (ideas as images). That’s why sketching is the perfect way to write down less, but to take better notes.
I started to master sketchcouting with the book “Visual Notes”. Here are the first pages of my notebook with notes and exercises from the book:
Sketches engage the mind fully and help you remember and retrieve information better. Therefore, sketching will be useful in outlining books.
Some tips from the book:
- Getting bored at a presentation? Make sketches. Decorate your notes!;
- Build up your visual library;
- Leave more space in your notes to supplement them with drawings at pauses or after a seminar, lecture, or training session is over;
- Practice a couple of minutes a day to make your handwriting legible and beautiful. Practice writing in 3-4 different fonts;
- Draw different objects from memory. For example, all the objects from the kitchen or the office;
- Visualize metaphors.
The results of the first week
After one week of training text material is instantly transformed in the head into pictures. I began to form my own visual piggy bank of icons for visualizing ideas and information in my trainings: brain, book, neuron, eye, etc.
Started using sketching to capture important ideas from books. Side effects: vivid musical dreams. And I began to remember them very well. A word of caution: don’t do sketchouting at bedtime. Because … you go to bed – turn off the light picture pictures in your head – turn on the light – draw – turn off the light – and so on five times!!!
In these 100 days I want to try a lot of things:
- Continue to improve my visual note-taking skill;
- Draw in the style of Zen drudgery and Zen tangle;
- Learn how to draw artbooks and quick sketches in the style of an artist’s travel diary;
- Learn drawing with the left hand;
- To draw in the park, at a café, in the street;
- Learn how to draw with both hands;
- Learn the rules of composition;
- Work on a professional drawing tablet;
- Paint watercolors of dawns, sky, sea, flowers;
- Create postcards, paintings;
- Create self-portrait in the cartoon style;
- Learn expressive drawing technique.
I don’t know yet which of these I can really master, but I want to try everything.
How to start drawing sketches?
- Get a notebook and draw at least two drawings a day: sketch something and come up with something of your own. By doing so, you’ll build up the verisimilitude of your images and your creative style;
- Surround yourself with drawings that you like. Print them out and hang them on your wall;
- Have a knack for the things you need to draw all the time. If you’re a trainer, for example, learn how to draw people, books, diagrams. Do it 50 times, so you can end up doing it beautifully, quickly, accurately, vividly. Form your style;
- Draw a human being. Think of 20 situations, positions, emotions, scenes, for example, draw a person running, walking, jogging, dancing, sad, walking the dog, sleeping, going on a date, happy moments;
- Replace the person in the previous exercise with your favorite animal;
- Choose 5-10 of your favorite metaphors. Visualize them;
- Make your right hemisphere dance: draw 20 non-existent creatures. Color them.
They say it takes 21 days to develop a habit. But after 7 days, I can’t go a day without drawing something. I believe that everyone has the ability to see “elephants in boas” and not just hats. And I already have that vision. And I believe you can do it too!