Setting New Challenges for Myself

Last month I participated in the  A to Z Challenge, posting a poem a day (sometimes more as the muse struck) that began with a letter of the alphabet–starting with “A” on April first, “B” on the second and so on and so forth.

I found this to be an excellent method to impose deadlines for myself, which (and I know I am not alone in this) is something I need in order to actually complete a project.  Without a deadline, I will put whatever self-directed project I am working on indefinitely.  Thus, an event like the A to Z Challenge really served as something I felt I had to complete (my wife helped too, in prodding me on days I didn’t feel the flow).

So, after completing of month of poem, I am going do the same with drawing, with that caveat that I can’t draw.  I realize reading a blog about some dude trying to learn to draw might be a bit boring for some of you, soooo…I will also drop in a random poem now and then between images of my attempts at drawing.  Maybe I will even marry the two ideas and work a poem into my drawing.

Maybe seeing me progress from knowing nothing about drawing to being somewhat competent after a month will be interesting and provide inspirations for others to attempt to learn a new skill and blog about it.   If so, great!  Lemme know so I can follow your blog and progress.

Here is my image of attempts at drawing a spoon, an apple, and a salt shaker.  Each of these were an exercise in a book my wife’s mother gave us, which I am going to try to use (along with other resources) to teach myself how to draw.

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My ultimate goal is to eventually be able to draw well enough to write my own graphic novel (actually, I have ideas for a number of them).  The idea of learning this how to write a graphic novel is exciting as it marries my love of images with my love of writing.

So, let’s consider today’s post as May’s A to Z Challenge, day -1.

Thanks for reading,

~angry

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