Drawing at last

Red Riding Hood in the forest illustration Robyn Wilson-Owen

I’ve always drawn. Im a designer, it’s a major part of what I do. But drawing has always just been a part of my process, never the end product. I always felt I had to do something extra in order to make my ┬áimages worth of public consumption, I wasn’t a ‘proper’ artist you see.

I built my images into stage sets and costumes, I stitched them into puppets and dolls, I cut them into papercuts, but just drawing them was way too scary to contemplate.

Recently though I’ve finally found the courage to just draw, and I adore it. Making pictures to tell stories is so much fun, and it turns out that other people seem to enjoy looking at them, which is the icing on the cake.

Going through all those other processes was worth it though, I feel very secure in my own personal visual language now, and that’s because my drawings are based on my sets and my costumes and my puppets and dolls and papercuts, all those things are there, they were all part of the journey. The illustration with this post isn’t a drawing of Red Riding Hood, it’s a drawing of one of my puppets in a Red Riding Hood costume, surrounded by trees based partly on my papercuts and partly on scenic painting I’ve done in the past.

So if you’re scared to do something, do just go for it, but also know that whatever you do before you get up the courage will make your creations all the more individual when the time comes.


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