I wish I could draw…..

That is what I have often thought.

First time that happened when I started the fantasy story that gave this blog its name. I would have loved to be able to create my own characters and draw them for a book. I like this idea to do the whole thing on your own and I think today is a brilliant time for those who think like this.

But there is a deeper thought behind that: As someone who draws you have to be very observant to see the different shapes, shadows and nuances of an object to be able to capture it properly. I think writers have to be like that as well they just paint in words.

So a belated New Years Resolution of mine is to learn to draw. I already started by borrowing a book from the library called “Drawing Complete Question & Answer Handbook” by Trudy Friend. As far as I have read it I think it is for more advanced people who draw. But I just take out of it what seems helpful for me and then I just grab a pencil, a piece of paper and an object and start. I will see where it leads me :-).

English: Illustrations from What to draw and h...

English: Illustrations from What to draw and how to draw it by E. G. Lutz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You need some inspiration….

….. or just simply a break? Get some friends or your kids and do the “drawing game”!

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You need a piece of paper and a pen each. As many as want to can play.

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At first everybody draws a head without the others seeing. You fold the paper up so that you can only see the bottom of the head or the neck. You hand your paper to the player beside you and you get the one from the other side.

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Now you draw a body and fold up the paper again. Give it to the next.

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Now you draw legs and fold the paper again. Give it to the next players.

At last you can reveal your creations. The kids and I could play this for ages and it always gives my creativity a push.