I’m trying to draw cartoons. I was inspired by Canadian author Carrie Snyder who has been sketching a four frame cartoon every day in 2018. She is a professional writer, not a professional artist but is exploring her creativity by doing quick daily cartoons. In one of them she reminds us we don’t have to be technically skilled to be an artist.
My writers’ group has been reading the book The Artists’ Way and it encourages us to explore our creativity in new ways, by stretching ourselves. If you have been following my blog you know that during our two months in Portugal I’ve been trying to do eight things everyday to improve myself as a writer. I’ve written about five of those things – the sixth is drawing. I’ve done a sketch or a drawing everyday, but the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to do those drawings in the form of cartoons. Some of them tell about experiences I’ve had. Here’s one.
I think drawing cartoons can help me become a better writer because it makes me think about experiences and ideas in new ways and forces me to summarize them in just a couple phrases.
Note: I have written about six of the daily things I did to work on my writing skills during my time in Portugal. The seventh is to write these blog posts everyday and the eighth is working on the books I make for my grandsons. On this holiday I’ve been creating a songbook for my younger grandson’s upcoming birthday.