This is not the first time this has happened, but drawing a bulldozer surprised me. It surprised me, because I was enjoying the process of drawing something that normally doesn't interest me. We all have our safe zones in our hobbies. Some people stick to playing basic chords on a guitar and avoiding the whole non-standard tuning or even the finger picking thing. I often like to default to plants because they're simple and wonderful to look at.
This time, I drew a bulldozer. Not because I wanted to, but because I needed to express something. Yet I enjoyed drawing that part even more than painting the flowers, and you can tell, because of how much more detail one thing had over the other. A lot of the enjoyment may have come from this past Inktober experience. There is something cathartic about outlining a thing in pen. About making thin lines and thick lines, making them permanent and bold. It feels more like play time.
In this same sketchbook, I painted a bit of architecture - specifically a picture of an old public market building, surrounded by other older corrugated metal type buildings. A bit marine. Architecture is the opposite of organic plant drawings. The lines are straight, rather than curved. They are unforgiving, and a little slip up in perspective can throw the whole thing off. Spacing is hella consistent. There is much more room for error. But I enjoyed the hell out of it. It was new, it was a SETTING, whereas I am devoted to SUBJECTS. I liked the result so much more, not just because I was pleasantly surprised that I did not suffer for it or make a disaster, but because it had some depth and interest and space that so many of my paintings lack.
Of course, I had to rely on reference shots. But if I practice enough buildings, bulldozers, scenes, landscapes, I should be able to collect enough details to create something on my own. Give it a shot. You may surprise yourself.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?