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Wisdom Wednesday: Benefits of Drawing

16 Apr 14
Megan
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I never really felt I was any good at drawing, maybe because I have a slight perfectionist streak which made me throw away anything that didn’t exactly resemble what I was picturing in my head. Since early high school (when I got to select my own classes and dropped Art) I hadn’t really done much drawing at all.

(c) Megan S, December 2013

(c) Megan S, December 2013

That all changed early this year when I realised I couldn’t afford the price of the illustrator I wanted to illustrate the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book. My husband suggested I try doing the illustrations myself, and Lynn (the illustrator I had been working with) encouraged me by saying I might be surprised by what I can achieve.

So for the past few months I’ve been drawing, and I’ve got to say I’m actually really enjoying it!

Tree_01

I may not be the best at it but I seem to have gotten over my perfectionist tendancies, 0r at least I no longer have the energy necessary to worry over it, and I’ve recognised some of the other benefits drawing has to offer me.flowers at mums

  1. Distraction: When focused on drawing I can distract my mind from what is going on in my body. Although the pain doesn’t go away completely I find I can block most of it out to focus on what I’m doing.
    Birdie_01
  2. Relaxation: I find that if I’m able to focus my mind purely on my drawing I’m able to relax muscles that generally stay tensed all the time. This helps again with reducing pain and can allow me to rest easier after drawing.
    girl
  3. Self-confidence: I’m finding the more I’m drawing the better my drawings are getting. This has helped me feel more confident in my ability to achieve this incredible goal of illustrating the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book myself. I also feel more confident in undertaking other tasks I felt were too difficult or out of reach for me.

These are three of the benefits I’ve found from taking up drawing. I’m setting myself a goal to try and draw for at least 30 minutes a day during the week. This is for the benefits above and also in the hope of completing the picture book ahead of schedule.

Let’s finish this post off with one of the initial sketches for the Foggy Frog picture book. Those of you who are backers of the project have already seen this one.

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* All pictures in this post are copyright Megan S., 2013-2014

Have you taken up a new hobby since falling ill?

What are the benefits you’ve found from taking up this hobby?

 

 

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  1. Miss Diagnoses April 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Go Megan! I especially like the blue birdie!

    • Megan S April 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thanks 😉

  2. Jenn M April 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Wow, I love your illustrations! 😀 Maybe practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does help with getting better at something. Since I’ve gotten sick, I’ve practiced more crocheting techniques and now I’m feeling like a pro at it. 🙂

    • Megan S April 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Jenn, I really love your crotchet items 🙂 They look great.

  3. Trisha April 17, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Your drawings are great! Your person actually looks like a person, which is something I’ve never been able to achieve! LOL

    After becoming chronically ill, I took up writing as a hobby but then a thicker bank of fog moved into my brain and made it more difficult. I’m hoping it will clear one of these days so I can get back to my stories. My new hobbies are meditation and herbalism. Mindfulness meditation is a great tool against the brain fog. I do find it easier to focus, although the fog is still there.

    • Megan S April 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

      I enjoy my mindfulness meditations, definitely helps control the brain fog (although not clear it). 🙂

  4. It’s a lonely place April 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Lovely post I’ve taken up photography and suddenly opening my eyes to the beauty of mother nature x

    • Megan S April 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I love nature and always have. Photography is something I’m interested in but still struggle with. I’m hoping to get better at it at some stage.

      • It’s a lonely place April 18, 2014 at 12:19 am

        I really hope you do, art and photography is something i have developed a love for moreso since being ill aswell. Big huggles x

        • Megan S April 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

          Thanks 🙂 Hugs for you too xx

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