One thing that’s been really nice about being diagnosed with ADHD is that I have strategies and medications to deal with some of the roadblocks my brain throws up. It is giving me an opportunity to work on skills I never thought I could improve.
I’ve often been frustrated by my absolute inability to draw as well as I’d like. It is frustrating, because I can see what I want to create in my head. I can generally come up with something I’m at least pleased with if it’s in some media. If it’s a costume I can fucking nail it, and if it’s a story, I can fucking tell it. But I have never, despite lessons off an on for my entire life, draw at a level that I’m happy with.
I just figured I’d hit my ceiling on that ability, since classes and practice have never done much to improve my ability. I pretty much stopped trying for a long time. But now that I’m on a proper mix of meds, and now that I have strategies for when I spot a shiny and my brain wanders off, I’m actually trying again. I kind of tricked myself into it. I have a handful of unpainted wooden figures that I got from Mom when we cleaned out her storage unit. I thought I’d let the boy play with some and maybe paint a couple up into something geeky and fun. I didn’t expect that it would be anything but cartoonish.
So I had these vaguely humanoid shapes, some with a hat, some with a dress. I got a few ideas and started doodling…and then I started actually being able to apply things I’ve learned in previous art classes. I started thinking about all the steps in determining proportion. I didn’t skip steps and I took as much time as it took. I started over a lot of times. And I finally drew something I’m proud of. Proud enough to slap it up here anyway. Or rather, them. They’re still works in progress – I want to add some color and am going to decoupage the drawings themselves onto the wooden pieces. So behold, what I’ve been doing instead of blogging!
I don’t actually like the older Dr. Who much, but I loooove his costume. And before you ask: David Tennant. And I prefer Torchwood anyway.
Dude. Star Wars. Obvious. Looks like Leia’s put on a few pounds.
Freddy ended up taking a couple of days. He’s the first one I had a reference photo for, and it shows. I also used a picture of Gerard Zacher, who plays Freddy Krueger on Hollywood Boulevard.