il_fullxfull13116901.jpgIt’s too early to list off new years resolutions, but I’m determined in some way next year to teach myself some illustration. I really think it would be a useful skill. Here’s the thing, I’m never very inspired to draw. I used to draw and draw quite reasonably back when I was 13, but it was always from photos (I was animal obsessed). I’m not necessarily after realism, but how do you develop your own style? And where do you think is a good place to start? I’m keen to pursue ink drawing and things that I can get on to the computer to manipulate further.

Should I go buy a book? Do a course in my non-existent free time? Start drawing (and where do I get ideas!)? Keep an art journal?

I think that mostly I’m stuck for ideas and I don’t want to totally rip off other people’s ideas.


I was thinking about two moments that have happened during my week.

While playing hotbox frisbee and cricket with work people, we were being closely scrutinised by an 8 year old girl who clearly wanted to join in. She was lurking in background of both our game and some guys playing soccer nearby. She was bored and impatient although had sporadic moments of entertaining herself strangely. Her mother wasn’t paying her much attention.

While we roller skated around like idots in 80’s dresses a little girl joined some of the girls holding up Jaclyn’s (my cousin) dress train, she didn’t really ask for permission but had an absolute blast (she also skated brilliantly). We had no idea who she was but figured it was okay, her mum was watching from the sidelines.

This illustrates in a small way to me, something about getting involved. Maybe it helps if someone watching out for us? And if our courage comes from that, then why do we as Christians sit on the sideline lurking instead of ‘doing’ so often?