Drawing Without a Reference

I sometimes feel that I can’t start a drawing without a reference. I think, in part, that comes from not exercising my imagination the way I used to as a child. The inability to see the image exactly as I want it and then execute that. Ok, maybe not the inability to, but the lack of desire to pull references from my mind instead of the Internet where they are readily available.

I am going to start challenging myself to create a drawing completely from my mind on a more regular basis. No references, no pictures, no matter how simplistic. An illustration sparked from what I’m feeling that day.

Today was 85° and wonderfully sunny. The trees are budding, and spring time flowers are daring to come forward. I feel cheery and warm, dreaming of the summer days to come.



Freelance writer and artist

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