Hi, my name is Rajinder Sidhu, I live in London and I finally decided to start learning how to draw.
As a child I loved to make things out of Lego and cardboard and as I grew up this creative side turned to DIY projects. I can still remember watching my favourite cartoons and thinking ‘wow, those drawings are amazing!’
I would do what most kids do and trace my favourite cartoon characters but for some reason I never went as far as actually trying to draw the characters myself.
In my teenage years I produced some decent pieces of art at school. I have a vivid memory of painting Monet’s The Houses of Parliament, Sunset in a art lesson and remember really enjoying it.
Unfortunately, it got lost in one of my many house moves over the years and I can’t remember if it was any good or not!
The years went on and occasionally I would pick up a piece of paper and draw something. Sometimes it would be good other times, err not so good.
Throughout these years there was a voice in my head telling me that I couldn’t draw or I don’t have the natural ability to draw or I’m a bit old to learn how to draw now.
It’s so common to hear that phrase I can’t draw.
Take this drawing I did at the end of 2014 of a model in a fashion magazine, what do you think, is it any good?
I was pleased with it because I really enjoyed trying to capture the expression of the model and I think subconsciously doing this drawing changed my perception of my drawing capabilities.
One day during a slow day in the office (I work in IT), I was googling sketching and found Russell Stutler’s book about sketching. Reading his online book and looking at his amazing watercolour sketches made me start thinking about why I wanted to draw.
I realise now that it’s the ability to express so much thorough a collection of marks on a page that keeps making me want to draw.
I went on to buy The Complete Book of Drawing by Barrington Barber and finally overcame my I can’t draw mental block. The key for me was the understanding that raw drawing talent helps but drawing is a skill that can be learnt.
There are so many books and websites out there that all say the same thing, if you want to get good, practice. So that’s what I have started doing, at the ripe old age of 39, I have started to learn how to draw.
When I look at a comic book, real life person, object or photo and begin my sketch I don’t let that inner voice tell me I can’t draw, I just draw.
I love doing pencil sketches but also want to become comfortable drawing digitally. Working in IT has its benefits and I luckily have access to a Surface tablet 2 which I will be using to draw digitally.
Drawing and sketching is time consuming and it’s so difficult to balance work and family as well as find time to draw. I try to draw daily and will be sneaking 20-30 mins during my lunch break at work.
In order to keep the momentum going I created this blog and will be putting my drawings up online (good and bad). I’m hoping that by exposing myself to praise or criticism I will be inspired to do better and learn from my mistakes.
Finally, I hope that my attempts to learn will inspire any visitors to this site to pick up a pencil and start drawing.