I’ve always liked art, but when it came time in school to choose music or visual art for electives, I went with chorus. So, I’ve never had much training in drawing, painting, etc. However, I take pleasure in creating visual art, and a couple of years ago I realized that I really enjoy drawing with pencil. It’s incredibly relaxing to watch a picture come alive in front of my eyes on the page as I draw, smudge, shade, and erase. Here are some pencil drawings by my untrained hand.
“Self Portrait”: This is the first picture I drew, and I did it with a regular mechanical pencil. My sister made fun of the proportions of my facial features (i.e. big eyes that I don’t have), and she was definitely right. However, this was enough to make me go out and buy some real drawing pencils and a sketchbook.
“Droma”: This is one of my favorites. It is a drawing of a Tibetan lady I met during my summer in western China. She lived in a village in the mountains that we traveled to by horseback. I will never forget her, and I still continue to pray for her.
“Misty”: A drawing of our beautiful Maine Coon cat, Misty.
“A Vaseful”: I drew this looking at some flowers on my desk after school one day.
“Emi”: This is another one of my favorites. Emi was only about 7 or 8 weeks old in this picture, and I thought she made a perfect subject!
“Child Nomad”: This is a Tibetan nomad child whom we met as we crossed the foothills of the Himalayas to get to our summer destination. I haven’t mastered children’s faces yet…I guess it’s harder to capture the essence of a child.
“Reclining”: I love to sit back and relax in my recliner. Here’s what I see.