Hello once more! It’s Charlie O’Shields, back with another episode of Sketching Stuff! When I first started sketching and posting what I made online, a little over four years ago, I was a bit shy at first. I truly wasn’t sure if anyone would like to look at what I was making, or indeed read what I was writing. Thankfully, many people did and that’s why I keep right on sketching stuff and writing to this day. But as more people found me and viewed my work, there were days when I just didn’t feel quite courageous. Instead of backing away, I let my inner child out to play and never looked back.
These days, I have a lot more courage thanks to that younger version of myself who continues to inspire me to this day. He’s willing to try just about anything when it comes to art and isn’t shy about sharing it. Yet, I’ve never found a way to get my adult brain to stay this consistent when it comes to conquering fear. There’s so much doubt there that can get in the way. This is a little collection of stories that I wrote to remind myself to show up to sketch and write in spite of it all. So, join me as together we continue to create onward, sketching with courage.