Why do I sketch or what is in a drawing?
There is a general misconception that drawing is a skill we are born with. Believe me, drawing isn’t so elusive. With time and dedication, anyone can learn to draw. There is no such thing as good or bad drawing. There is only drawing. And there is only creativity.
For me, creativity is often an impulsive and spontaneous reaction. It is my alternative for adrenaline. Though it is spontaneous, it doesn’t means that it’s not hard work. Even the random fifteen minutes of writing takes up a build-up of two or three days. To keep all those thoughts in one tidy little corner of my brain ends up being more hectic than writing for two continuous days, though that is something I might not be able to do anytime soon.
Sketches are often the framework on which great masterpieces are based. For quite a while now, sketching has been a tool to express my deepest thoughts. It doesn’t seems that way but every line, every stroke of a pen tells the mood of the person who created an artwork. So often, sketches done while you are angry end up being very scribbly and incoherent too. When you want to create a neat looking outline for a piece you are working on, you end up calming your nerves and then even that shows up in your final work.
I think, I’ve made my point clear. No matter how you feel, there is a way to show it in few random marks etched on a piece of paper.
Why I prefer black and white sketches
Black on white is the simplest and in its primitive form, one of the most invigorating ways of artistic expression. Maybe the fact that pencils are the easiest and most commonly available tools have their own merit too. I guess, if I was born with a paintbrush in my hand, I might have ended up making the same argument for watercolor on canvas.
These are the reasons why I started drawing.
Allow me to express thoughts I find difficult in expressing by words. For example, insanity, depression, pessimism.
Helps me appreciate the importance of time, focuses my mind and helps me from getting easily distracted. While I sketch, I absorb myself completely in the moment and in this age of digitization that is one of the best luxury, taking a time-out.
Works as a journal, I find it very difficult to keep diary but my sketches pretty much end up having the same function as a little note on a piece of paper. A visual journal and if you ask, it’s way better than a normal journal. Here are couple of sketches I specifically remember why I drew. It gives me a unique voice and a unique perspective. On occasion, it further strengthens a written message.
Drawing gives depth to trivial things, drawing a simple coffee mug ends up being a invigorating session with your mind, something which works better or atleast equal to a good cup of coffee. Drawing a street sign while you were waiting for the next bus ends up giving you a new look at your surroundings. You end up noticing things you never did before.
And if all these reason fail me, then sketching at-least develops my drawing skill.
If you are a bit shy, sometimes sketches can help initiate a conversation too (you know what I am talking about).
Some Stories are better left unfinished.