Amazingly (to me) it’s been a year since I setup this website and a hashtag #stevekiddart on the social media channels.
It was around 4-5 years after I started to teach myself to draw from no background in art whatsoever, I could barely draw a stick man at that point and was one of the many people that would say “oh no, I can’t draw, I’m not talented at all”.
Well, I’d still agree with my former self that I don’t have any natural in-bred talent – but I have learnt a skill through practice and determination. Art is now an inherent part of my life which I simply wouldn’t do without now.
This blog will probably be read more by artists I guess, but if by chance you’re one of those people that says “oh no, I can’t draw, I’m not talented at all” – you absolutely CAN. I guarantee it, if I can do it then so can you, but only if you have (or develop) the desire to put in the hours and also accept that the failures are essential to learning. I churned out a year (at least) of horrible drawings, but I knew that I just had to ignore it and figure out where I could improve.
If someone had told me when I started out that I’d be creating an art-based website in a few years time then I would’ve smiled politely and make my excuses whilst edging away from the nutter. No. Possible. Way.
And yet, here I am – a year after setting up that website having made new online arty friends, received and given advice and probably committed myself to producing more artwork that if I’d carried on just producing the occasional drawing and posting it unseen into the cupboard. In fact I might not have ever started painting which is my most recent adventure.
It would appear that back then I still lacked the confidence maybe, as I registered the domain and created the website but my first post wasn’t for a few weeks later. I can’t remember the reason now but I can imagine a large deal of procrastination holding up proceedings. That’s something else I’ve learnt to avoid when detected.
I’m still not clever enough to re-post blog entries but here’s the first picture I posted up below – Stanford University drawing in ink. Apparently there’s been 336 pictures posted since then which is fairly mind-blowing. Many of which would also include work-in-progress shots but even so that seems a lot to me.
By far and away the busiest time was October – or as it came to be known to me Inktober. It’s the first time I’d taken on the challenge, and it was tough, but I’d recommend it to anyone – and I mean anyone. No special tools are needed, a Bic Biro and some sheets of blank paper. If you don’t currently draw then I’d encourage you to take out that biro and start making marks now, you’ve got seven months of practice time before you join me on Inktober this year – do it do it do it.
Very many thanks to my followers and anyone that takes the time to look at my artwork, and especially to those who take the time to comment. Thank you for the peer pressure, thank you for the encouragement, you are a large driving force to carry on with it !!