I used to draw a lot when I was a child. From my favorite cartoon characters, to airplanes, to random scenes that I pictured in my mind, I was a decent artist, and won a few art contests in elementary school, but there were always people who were better than I was. When I entered middle school, I lost interest in drawing, and became more interested in something I was really good at--writing. Drawing and painting fell by the wayside, until high school, when I took an introduction to art class. That was where reality set in: I sucked at drawing. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not produce anything that looked remotely like what it was supposed to. I spent a lot of time with the art teacher, showing her my old drawings, and sometimes, crying, because I couldn't reach the level that I had when I was younger. "You never lose the ability," she told me, "you just have to reactivate it."
Fast forward about 12 years. By now, I was into photography as an art form, and had my interest validated by winning a juried competition at the county fair with this image.
(Honorable Mention, Still Life Adult Photography, 2004 San Mateo County Fair). I was active on internet forums and became friends with another girl through our mutual interest in Hanna-Barbera cartoons. She was on DA, and had showed me her work. I was insanely jealous, not just of her ability to mimic the style of Hanna Barbera, but also of her ability to imagine the characters in new, original poses and settings, something I had once been able to do, back when I was a child. When she came to visit me, she spent a lot of her time drawing. I watched, trying to get the courage try again. My high school art teacher's words rang in my mind You never lose the ability, you just have to reactivate it.
I took a deep breath, and said, "toss me a pencil and a sheet of paper." I don't even think I have the original anymore.
Since then, I have returned to drawing, though not as frequently as I would like. Some of my later ones are here.
(2004--first major attempt at returning to drawing,from a black and white photo)
(2005--first attempt at depicting texture with colored pencil. from a 3-D magnet)
(2008, august, from a self-instruction book on drawing. Just because I wanted to see how good my eye was)
(2011--Attempt to combine texture, shade and depth. total rush job, from a photo)
I started to get a bit bolder in my drawing, coming up with original ideas, even if they were only fan art.
(2008--an original idea from a discussion with the same person who inspired me to start drawing again)
(2011--what happens when you watch a cartoon starring a raccoon and a blue jay and have a racoon problem)
(2011--attempt at realism with said cartoon)
Why so much fan art? Because I feel that fan art is a way to practice new techniques and to experiment.
As I said, I am not much of a drawer (but I wish I were). I am way more successful with my photography, but will continue to enjoy drawing. I just wish I had more time to do it.