Tuesday, January 15, 2013

One thing most people don’t know #AboutMe…in #BoostYourBlog Challenge

One thing most people don’t know about me is that I enjoy drawing animated characters and have a history of doing so.

Drawing and Me
When I was about ten or eleven years old I picked up on my interest in drawing and did so up through high school. I was very introverted as a child and found peace and comfort in drawing. Some kind of way I would get my hands on comic books that were tossed away for the trash and I would take and draw the characters out of the books. I also used to draw my younger brother's toy cars too. Once my parents realized I liked to draw, they gave me a drawing pad of paper. Every drawing that I would finish I would tape it on my bedroom walls. My mom thought that I would've gone into animation but I believe the drawing was in my life, at that time, as a form of mental therapy. It was an unexpected talent or gift that was given to me, naturally, and I truly enjoyed doing it. As an adult, I really don't have as much time to draw like I used to, but I still have the skills. I kept some of the drawings I did when I was growing up as a teenager. The paper is so fragile that I had to tape some of the edges. 

Here are three of them I scanned in to share with you. I was all concerned about my age when I was in my early to mid twenties that I crossed out the actual date that I drew them. It had something to do with a lady shouldn't tell her age phase. Now I don't even care about age. It's just a number. 

My Winning Drawing and a Childhood Lesson-Learned...
Since we're on this topic, I have to share this childhood experience I had in Elementary School. I remember there was a Fire Prevention poster contest. I had stayed up all evening drawing on my poster board at the kitchen table. I drew, with a ruler, the building with the windows and then put in the fire coming out of them. I had the fire truck drawn in and the firefighters too. I even had one person with their hands up screaming for help in one of the windows. However, what happened after all of the work I did, with my poster for the contest, was my fault. 

I second-guessed my work and let another girl enter it into the Fire Prevention poster contest and I drew a whole different concept on my second poster board. My second drawing could not be entered into the contest because it had a superhero on it and due to copy writing issues that was not permitted. In the end, don't you know that the poster I gave to the other girl made it to the state competition! I tried to tell my teacher that I was the one who drew the picture but it was my word against the girl I gave it to. I was crying my eyes out but it didn't make any difference. Her name was on my work because I gave it to her. 

That was my first lesson in how important it is for me to trust my gut! Even now I sometimes second-guess my initial idea or thought and get so frustrated when I do it. I guess there are some things you just have to keep learning the hard way. As I write this now, I find myself going back to that day when I saw that ribbon on my Fire Prevention poster that I gave to another little girl. 

Trust your gut.

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