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Drawing As A Lifestyle
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Drawing As A Lifestyle

Have you ever thought of drawing as a lifestyle? Or art, in general, for that matter? It's perhaps a different way of framing how you use your artistic skills. Drawing is certainly a means which one can use to create some very cool finished products. It can lay the ground for a beautiful painting, or it can be beautiful as a medium all on its own. When most people think of art, this is similar to the type of thing that they imagine. However, for some individuals art is experienced on a much more integrated level. By this I mean that drawing is more about the process than the product. The process itself is the reward. When viewed this way drawing can happen daily in many different ways to such an extent that it could be considered one's lifestyle.

I carry a sketchbook with me all the time. I'm a visually oriented person, so pencil and paper are extensions of my brain. I literally "think" by drawing. This is not as uncommon as it sounds. When is the last time you scribbled a primitive map for a stranger needing directions? Or doodled on a notepad while talking on the phone? Or sketched out a plan for your new garden? Or drawn a mindmap to organize your class notes? These are all examples of how drawing is integrated into our daily lives.

These pieces aren't hanging in a museum or gallery. They are just remnants of a thought process. That's powerful stuff. And it has been going on since prehistoric times. Some theories about prehistoric cave drawings imagine that they were used to record hunts or even to magically aid in successful hunts. Go to any urban area today and you'll most likely find graffitti. For graffitti artists, drawing infuses everything they do. It is a part of them, which is why their work is so amazing. I'm not advocating illegal graffitti. I'm just making a point about lifestyle and their amazing skills.

By keeping a sketchbook with you at all times you give yourself opportunities to use drawing as your lens on the world. You begin viewing the world through the eyes of an artist. You doodle, you sketch, you take notes, you experiment, you explore. I've also found that it is a great way to meet new people. If you have ever sketched in public you know exactly what I'm talking about. People are intrigued when you whip out your skechbook and begin drawing. They come over to see what you're drawing and it sparks conversation. I've met many people in my travels that I never would have talked to if they had not seen me drawing and inquired about it.

Drawing Portraits is another great way to engage with other people. When you sit down and draw someone you really see that everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way. In fact, I don't think I have seen anyone with any depth until I draw them. As an example of drawing as a lifestyle one might have an invitation only portrait party. It would be a great way to get to know people better, and all with an art focus. There are twists to every occassion that can be made using a drawing lifestyle approach.

In closing, I would like to share another very special way that I use drawing in my life. As a very spiritual person, I like to use drawing as meditation. This is a great way to destress or focus your mind. This meditation technique is just as good for people who like to move as it is for visually oriented people. There are endless ways to integrate drawing into your life. You don't have to be an artist to make drawing a lifestyle. You just need paper and pencil. I promise you will love the rewards you will reap!


Street Talk

Great article Trevor. I carry my a small sketh book around but often forget to use it! I'll be more pro-active now. Great drawing you used too for the article :-)

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