Writing and drawing are two very different forms of art, one conveying a story through the written word, the other showing a single moment in the form of a picture. I wonder how many people can do both.
When I was a kid, I used to draw a lot. I loved to draw. I drew birds, dinosaurs, and nature. In junior high school, I took art class, and I attempted portrait drawings and still life. In high school, there was more still life and a focus on perspective. I found that my strengths were in animals, scenery, and still life. My weakness was portraits. I think my best drawings to date are a full-sized common loon, a crushed Coke can, and my shoe. My worst drawing was my classmate’s portrait.
In recent years, I haven’t done much in the way of drawing. I did draw my wife’s dog (later our dog), and it turned out quite well. But I’ve been feeling the art bug lately. There are a lot of things I’d like to draw.
Here in Japan, there are a lot of scenic spots, and I’d love to draw some old buildings, such as temples and shrines, as well as other street scenes. I want to practice drawing for another purpose, and that is for Ariadne’s artwork. You see, in addition to all the maps I’ll be drawing, I want to do concept sketches for spacecraft, aerial views of towns and cities, landmark buildings, animals, and plants. That’s a lot to do, and I intend to put them up on my official author’s website. All of them will be pencil drawings, as that’s what I’m most comfortable with. What you won’t see is colour drawings. If I ever make a book with my sketches for Ariadne, they would definitely be in black and white.
If you write, can you also draw?