Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I have been playing with some new markers and sketches lately, as I hope to get more "hands on" this year. I have relied on my computer skills for so long that I need to get back to basics this year. This will include a return to life drawing on a more permanent basis!
This was a Christmas pressie from my parents and it holds more significance that you might think. Way back when I was still in primary school I attended a special "Writers Camp" for country kids, and Graeme Base was our guest speaker, having just published his first ever book featured below:
I still have the original sketches he did for me back then, and have had several books of his signed over the years!
Reading his life story has reminded me how much I once loved writing. When I first left school I could not decide whether to pursue art or writing and ended up being offered University placements in both disciplines. I chose art, but always kept sketch books of notes and ideas for stories dating back many years. I seem to have slowed up of late, but over the break I opened that drawer and contemplated this collection of notebooks.
I think that this year it's high time I brought some of these pages to life. I am quite shy of my writing and am thinking about doing a short course to get my confidence up again, but either way, it's time to dust off the pages and get stuck in. Here's to a year of fulfilling dreams.
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