Drawing On the Side Art Blog
Where do you like to draw? It might sound like a simple question, and it certainly is when it comes right down to it, but I have a peculiar area that I use as an art studio and it needs some explaining.
As an artist who enjoys drawing as a hobby, I sometimes have trouble finding a good place to draw. What I mean is, I don't really have an art studio or a nice quiet place within my household to sit down and draw. It's not like my place is small or doesn't have the room necessary to get away from everyone else in the house, it's just that something always comes up to take the much needed attention away from what I'm trying to work on.
For instance, something just happened to break my concentration for a few seconds. As I'm sitting here in my quiet bedroom and my two dogs are curled up at my side, I'm typing a little bit at a time as I think of what to write next. With autumn setting in and the outside breeze beginning to be a lot cooler than it has been, I leave my windows open at night to bring in that chill. It's refreshing and feels good since the summer was so long and hot here in Hanford. Unfortunately, we're less than a mile away from much-used train tracks and every so often, a train comes by with its horn blaring away to interrupt the silence from outside. Of course, those seconds of disturbance can last quite a while when you've been in the zone as you're creating your masterpiece and can take you out of that zone permanently sometimes.
So, picking the perfect spot to sit down and draw for me doesn't always come easy. Usually, when I feel like picking up a pencil to draw, I take my sketchbook and sit down where I was when I thought about drawing. If it was while I was watching television, occasionally it will work if the program I was watching was a little boring. But if the show had some interesting significance, I'll pay little attention to my sketchbook.
Other distractions while I'm at home is the people (and pets) that I live with. I can't just sit at the dinner table with a pencil and paper, doodling away, because it's rude and I wouldn't want anybody doing that to me. If I'm laying down on the couch, drawing in my book, and my dog drops his ball or toy in front of me, wanting to play, I'm not going to ignore him. My neighbors are very friendly and we constantly talk over the fence to each other, so taking my art supplies out in the backyard is another no-no for me.
As vast a place I live in, it seems that there's only one place where I can get some peace and do the best work I can do (actually the work I'm most proud of) and that's the bathroom.
Yes, I confess. As embarrassing as it is to admit, the bathroom is where I do most of my drawing and I'm not ashamed of that fact. Just as most people take reading materials into the bathroom with them, I take my sketchbook and pencils. In fact, I keep a separate drawing book in my john so as to never forget to bring one with me.
In my abode, I get the most peace in my commode.
It seems that whenever I'm being called upon by my wife or she's telling me that there's someone on the phone for me, I'm left alone as long as I shout "I'm in the bathroom!" I keep turning out drawings that I'm proud of and rarely tear up or scribble over any that I do when I use the restroom as my sketching hideaway.
My other place of drawing is a place where you may think that I wouldn't get any concentration to get any artwork done and that's my place of employment.
It's weird because as I read over my reasons for why I choose the bathroom at home, it doesn't seem honest since I do a lot of drawing at work. At my job, it's hectic with people talking all the time, I'm called to co-workers' desks constantly, my phone is ringing, there are printers and other computer-driven machines making noise, but yet I feel at ease there to sit and draw something on a whim.
I don't know, maybe it's a way to take a break from the monotony, as loud as it sometimes can be, and just scoot to the side and draw. Of course, it's not like I sit for hours at a time and ignore my job. It's usually a break of about three to five minutes, just giving my brain a recess from the hectic day I'm experiencing.
So, I guess what it comes down to is this: at home, I like to draw in the bathroom; at my job, I like to draw as a mini-break from work.
Hmmm, maybe one day I'll try drawing in the bathroom at work and see what happens.