My first ever drawing; 1982!

Whilst talking to my Creative Thinking students last week, I wanted to encourage them to see the need to practice and persevere with their drawing skills. Drawing and pencil work is a key element to the development of a good designer. So, in an attempt to show this in connection to my own work, I decided to scan in my first piece of work (which I kept all these years, as a reminder) when I chose to do art as a activity for my future career option. Even though I was drawing as a young child, this was the first self-initiated drawing. I actually did this piece to show the art teacher at school if I was capable of joining the class. She said I should stop doing art! Luckily for me I continued and to show (hopefully) the enormous leap of change in my artwork I have posted my latest piece underneath, as a comparison, some thirty years later on.
I hope this encourages people to see the need to keep drawing, keep practicing and to never loose heart. I am a strong believer that creativity is not a talent, and that much of the skill involved can be learnt and gained from effort.
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1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most
salt of the earth to taste

Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of ‘salt of the earth’ to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.