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Doodling Again

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For some reason hands and eyes are the hardest bits for me to draw when drawing people. I’m okayish when doing simpler drawings like the first one in this slideshow, but get to drawings where there is an actual face involved, or better yet, an angled face, I’m screwed. Have you noticed that the woman’s hand is hidden?

You do not want to know how many times I had to redraw this image before I managed to get the eyes mostly in line. I’ve also found that upon cropping, disproportionate features look even more so!

Anyway, the only way to get around this is for me to keep practising, which is what I’m doing. So I’ll keep drawing and writing and screaming at wonky eyes and writers block because apparently that is what happens to people when they decide to take a creative route as a serious option for what they want to do with their lives.

Let me know that I’m not alone. Tell me about your creative tantrums below. Go on! Vent!

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers here on Writing and Works.

5 Comments

  1. I haven’t heard it expressed as “creative tantrums” but I know exactly what you mean. I’ve had a few in my day but nothing compares the the one my daughter had as a 4 year old when she asked me to draw Bob the Builder’s sidekick and I didn’t know who it was and she banged her little textas so hard on the page that the ink spurted out. I’s scored a definite fail!
    I just remembered that I definitely had a severe case of “creative tantrums” learning to play my violin. I started learning about 3-4 years ago in my 40s and it’s been challenging. Here’s a poem I wrote venting my spleen: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/a-poem-in-pursuit-of-the-nightingale/
    xx Rowena

    • Learning something new is a great challenge to set yourself, especially something as complex as violin. Best of luck. and I’ll make sure to check out your poem. 🙂

      • Thanks, Carol. I ended up taking up the violin quite by accident. My daughter started learning when she was 5 and I was merely her chauffeur. The teacher said I could sit in on her lessons. I’d done about a year of Suzuki violin as a child and my brother did it for many years and was very good . This back door intro to learning and the incentive of helping my daughter and do9ing it together helped get me started. She stopped but we still had lessons left and I continued and got hooked. Quite an encouraging story. You usually hear about how kids stop Mum from growing when it also works both ways!xx Rowena

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