Back to the Basics / by john cheng


I have been staring at my computer for far too long lately. From my day job designing to more designing after work at home. As a result of constantly using digital means to create work, my drawing hand has become rusty. Last night I picked up my brush again after a couple of weeks of not painting, and had a very frustrating non-productive evening.

What I sought to accomplish on my painting did not occur, but rather I made many bad marks that I now need to revisit and do over. What is the lesson learned from this? I need to draw more and physically render with my hands rather than constantly be stuck behind a screen.

The concept of physically creating with your own two hands is not new to me, but with the constant barrage of new technology being born, I find myself needing to be more intentional with doing more analog work. So in the case of drawing and painting, use it or you really might just lose it.

New goal: draw something everyday, even if its just a tiny doodle.