I’m reading a lot of picture books at the moment. I’ve started thinking about drawing. I’m inspired by things like The Nowhere Box(Amazon link) which is very simplistic in terms of drawing, but every picture is full of life. You can still see the sketch lines, and the colour is roughly added, but that adds to the energy and movement of the story. I also love the way that some of the pictures are collaged with cardboard.
In the back it says that Sam Zuppardi, the artist is self taught. I guess that means that he drew stuff, lots. I’ve been talking to Sarah McIntyre (jabberworks on twitter) and she sent me this fab link to an article all about how to get into picture books. (She’s great on twitter, you should check out the #PicturesMeanBusiness tag.) One of the things she talks about is how long it takes to build up the skills to become an illustrator
I’ve also found Sam Zuppardi’s blog – I love what he’s written about the types of pictures he likes.
Pictures like that made me think ‘Hey, I’ve got crayons like that in my drawer! I could have a go.’
(Read the whole article here)
10,000 hours is a timeframe often batted about for becoming an expert. At 10 minutes a day, I’m never going to get there. But I spend way more than 10 minutes a day at the moment playing wordament. If, instead of playing, I carried a sketch book, and in very spare couple of minutes, I sketched, how quickly could I become a little proficient?
10,000 hours to be an expert. So would a 1000 hours be a beginner, 5000 an apprentice? And how many hours a day can you put in to get there?
Maybe I haven’t got enough time left to become an expert in something new. But it’s got to be worth a try. I’ve signed up to a drawing class from Craftsy, and read a couple of books on anime. I’m not sure what style of drawing I have in mind, but I have a germ of an idea.
All I need is time 😉