Lately, in a conversation with my youngest brother on my doodling career, something interesting came up.
It goes something like this…
Brother: I have no idea why you stuck with your last job for so long.
Me: Why is that?
Brother: I mean all your life you have been drawing. It is weird that you will give up drawing and go with something that you don’t really like.
Brother: Yeah. In fact, your drawings are what inspired me to pursue drawing too.
Me: <Turns all mushy>
Okay the above image is an exaggeration! But crazy exaggeration aside, my youngest brother is the best artist among us. I really have no clue till the other day that I was the one that gave him the inspiration to pursue art. That felt really good that my past drawings actually inspired one person. And when I myself lacks the confidence in my artwork from time to time, my brother actually thinks that I am dreaming too small and should be even more ambitious in my pursue of my passion.
Indeed, if I think back, I did spent a lot of time doodling or exploring some art medium. Heck, I would even turn my school projects or occasions into an art exercise. For example, I remembered in my secondary school days, we were tasked to do a poetry assignment. However, I turned it into an arts and crafts assignment, spending more time decorating the assignment instead of the poetry. And when I need to say farewell to my college classmates because of graduation, I hand drew and made bookmarks for them.
Unfortunately, there was a point in time where I thought I wouldn’t never make anything useful with my drawings and threw away lots of my doodles that actually are a part of my happy and fond memories through the years. It is a regret that I have to live with.
Here are some of my old artworks using just pencil and pen that I did managed to capture on photo:
Drawing based on a magazine photo
Drawing our own game cards
Drawing our own game cards photo 2
Did you see the card game that we made? When we were young, our parents never buy much toys or games for us and we don’t have much pocket money either. So whenever we played games belonging to our cousins or friends, we will be secretly envious of their games. But that kind of sparked our creativity to make our own games which means lots of doodling and using our mattress and blankets to form imaginary castles! Those were fun times that bonded us brothers together! Maybe I should develop a game for my next project! 😀
Now, what have you been doing all your life? 🙂