The artistic impulse is felt universally, and usually first takes form, joyously, in early childhood. Splodges and lines articulate the imaginations; our inner world takes a trip outside. In later years, t hat urge to create often gets lost in the mist, buried among insecurities and other commitments, and art becomes something we did, rather than something we do. These books aim to guide you back into the realm of artistic creation and expression, encouraging awareness of and confidence in your own individual abilities and talent. Consider the skills and drills contained within these pages as the building blacks for future growth as you develop a personal and distinct style. And with practice, your own version of what ‘perfect’ means will emerge and blossom.
Drawing is one of the most fundamental urges. As part of a collective desire to communicate, play or express ourselves, we draw before we learn to write. Regardless of ability, we have all tried it and most probably still do it to some extent. Were you doodling the last time someone on the other end of the phone put you on hold? Did you scribble a quick map to show a friend how to get from A to B? What about the marks you made with that old ballpoint pen to check that ir was still working? Swiss artist Paul Klee famously said, ‘A drawing is simply taking a line for a walk’. In this context, most of us can already consider ourselves as people who draw.