Playing With Art
When I was a little kid, I drew.
I drew because it was fun.
I like seeing the stuff I saw in movies and cartoons
and recreating it,
and drawing the people I saw in real life,
and showing it back to them.
Cause you know they like seeing themselves in a cartoonic form.
It was play for me.
And as time went on,
I took art more seriously, as anyone should.
If you want to make a living as an artist,
you should take art seriously.
You need to get better, improve your skills,
compete with other artists in the market
who are trying to make a living just as you are.
But I think I went too far in that seriousness direction,
and lost all the fun part in the process.
I’ve lost the play that got me into art in the first place,
and I realized all of this when I accidentally started playing again.
I recently bought this red sketchbook
to do some drawings and sketches in it,
but realized that I’d rather do these
somewhat semi-finished pieces to practice my illustration skills.
And I gave myself a couple of rules to begin with.
One, I’ll try new materials and styles
every single time I made a drawing in this book.
And two, I will lose all expectations
in terms of how the end result would turn out.
A funny thing happened when I did that,
drawing and art just became fun again.
I was creating and using things
I would never use in the first place.
I drew a mermaid once and I usually never draw girls,
and I used sketch pens to color that thing.
And I’ve never used sketch pens before.
I drew my grandpa, his soul rest in peace.
I was making these little notes about life.
I drew my fears away, drew my love.
Heck, I even drew a pig with wings drinking Red Bull,
because someone on the Internet told me to,
and used color pencils to color that.
And I’ve never used color pencils in a long time.
So I was doing these things, using materials and different styles,
of illustrations and drawings I’ve never done before.
And it was really therapeutic.
I felt this surge of calmness every single time
I had one of these play sessions,
where it was just creating, just for the sake of creating.
It was my form of meditation,
it was therapy.
So yeah, now I believe that
everyone should spend some time playing with art every day,
just creating with zero expectations
and doing things that they woud never do in the first place.
Because in my opinion,
too much expectations can kill creativity.
And the only cure for that thing is
one should just chill the F out,
and play with art, man,
比如 轻松对待艺术 玩点什么
like, just play with art, play stuff.