There are times when my mind wanders about different things, and then there are times when I get into my zone – my world – my comfort place.
It’s kind of funny how it happens. I’ll find something that piques my interest in some fashion, I start working on it, and then……without warning……hours have flown by!
How is that possible?
Well, it’s been done, whether it’s when I’m drawing, writing, playing games, or watching movies – sometimes it just gets away from me, but when I’m in my world, I feel like I have accomplished something worthwhile……at least in my opinion.
For some time in my life, I did a whole smattering of abstract art – just randomness that, to me, seemed to have some harmony. Then I got into figure drawing, and that was a whole other journey in of itself. I actually took a college course on how to do it better. It was a fun course, drawing from real life. You could readily tell though which students were in it to study in earnest, and which ones were there just to ogle at the models who came in to pose for our sketchwork. Me? I was intrigued to see how many different positions I could capture before the model would move on to the next pose, because sometimes, the poses were timed – some shorter and some longer. The longer ones allowed me to draw more detail, which I liked, because you could take your time and draw how the folds, bends, and positions were all lined up. I still have those drawings from that class, although posting them online would probably prove problematic. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the class thoroughly.
Some time after college, I dabbled in computer art. Needless to say, a mouse and MS Paint does not a great picture make – at least I don’t think so. To me, my favorite type of instrument was always the pencil, and there was never a good substitute for that until touch pads and tablets came into being much later. Before that, I was working with some 3D rendering programs – my favorites being Bryce and 3D Studio MAX. Those provided many hours of wonderment and imagination fulfilling – making worlds out of thin air of my own design – much like the early piece used in this post. Yes……..I did that. It actually proved to be very popular among my friends.
I must go back and make a larger rendering of it someday. I rather like it. I was using an 800×600 screen at the time, so with modern monitors, these images come up somewhat……….small by comparison to today’s monitors, so I’m working to rectify that. I did pick up a new copy of Bryce, which is now a LOT more affordable – $20 from Daz3D Studio, so if you like something easy to work with and have tons of fun using, I highly recommend it. The other program I’m fond of is Adobe Photoshop, although it’s still pretty rudely expensive. I still have my graphics tablet from Wacom, so I found out that they have an older version of Photoshop (version 2), that you can get from Adobe’s website for free since they no longer support it. Yes, it’s old, but…….it does what I want, and it works with my tablet beautifully. If I had the money, I would get a newer version, so for now…….hey…….it works. Don’t judge.
I have started working on writing in recent years. I did a first draft of a story I call “The Opposite Effect”, which will be part of a collection of short stories that I hope to self-publish someday, since now there are some easy ways of doing this – such as the Amazon project. My cousin did a book through there, so I figure I ought to give it a whirl and see what happens. After all…..what is the worst that could happen? People might say it sucks, and I can handle that, but I do want it to be good, so I’ll keep working on it until I feel it’s ready. Quite some time ago, shortly before I got married, I actually wrote a poem to be used for our wedding invitations. Inspiration struck me and I penned it. I went back and read it, and was a bit amazed! To me, I actually thought it was pretty good!
Sometimes inspiration comes in very handy!
I know I am blessed with a gift of creativity, so I do want to use it more than I have been in recent times. Maybe it’s the laundry list of personal issues I’ve been dealing with over the past decade or so (my journal has a 14-year history), but perhaps it’s time to dust off the tools and get back to work making something that I hope the world will think is a beautiful thing. There is hope for that, at least.