Can I start this out with a confession? I love adventure, I love turning embarrassing moments into funny stories, I love reading big books and eating watermelon. I love Russian literature, piano solos and guacamole. What do I NOT like? Being artsy.
I am not an artsy person.
It is one of my biggest insecurities. Arts and crafts have been my nemesis since grade school. And yet… I want to cartoon, I want to draw, I want to create. Words are powerful but being able to format them nicely and add appropriate illustrations give them a needed extra sparkle and poomf.
For the past few years, I’ve been on a determined journey to improve my artistic abilities.
Even from the stick-figure days, I’ve always drawn people with their hands behind their backs because I never had the confidence to try drawing hands:
A few years ago I upgraded. No, I didn’t learn to draw hands. Instead, I learned how to draw cartoon ducks! I’ve been at it ever since:
Okay, so obviously my artsy skills need work. I am on a journey to improve them this year and I want you to come along! My biggest artistic project will be my travel journal. I’ve been keeping regular journals since I was nine years old. So naturally, I thought I knew something about journaling. Then I saw Pinterest worthy photos of travel journals that made my jaw drop:
The journal from my first year abroad consist of scattered emotional rants about how happy my life was and/or how desperately I missed my family. I’m glad I have them, but, being completely honest, they’re a bit drab.
So even after over ten years of journaling I’ve got a lot to learn. But I’m not discouraged. I’ve got a brain and (even better!) a Pinterest board full of ideas. I am making time in my schedule for cartooning practice, sketching, and journaling. And I really want you to come along for this journey!
Over the next few months, I will share photos and (hopefully) progress of my creative pursuits on this blog.
Also, check back later this week for my blog post on the lessons I have learned about journaling over the years and why I think journaling is an essential part of any study abroad or long-term travel experience.
For now, please leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. Any tips, ideas, or thoughts you have on journaling and sketching would be much appreciated.
How do you pursue creativity? What are your creative goals for this year?