Hey there! It’s Charlie O’Shields, back with another episode of Sketching Stuff! I’ve been sketching and writing every day now for over five years. What I’ve found is that I very often forget things that I’ve sketched and things that I’ve written about until I see them again. It’s fun to revisit older illustrations and stories, and see how my approach has changed over the years. Oh, it’s still a sketch and a ramble, but there’s always something a bit different on my mind each time I make something. It’s perhaps nothing terribly grand or profound, but it’s all part of this journey we call art.
I’ve always tried to encourage others to create art each and every day. I truly believe it’s one of the most rewarding things we could ever do for ourselves in life. And no matter what type of arts and crafts you prefer, doing a little each and every day makes amazing things happen. For me, it’s given me the confidence today to branch out and create more narrative sketches, many times completely from my own imagination. The very idea that I would ever be able to sketch without a reference in front of me seemed impossible when I started. But today, after dutifully sketching stuff for these past few years, I can DO more than I ever thought I could. And, all of the credit goes to my lovely daily art habit.