Drawing by Steve Moulton
Coffe Table Book – Kakadu
Born in 1961 I was not the kid in school that could draw a hotrod or comic book character. So apart from the occasional school boy envy when someone has a skill You don’t have art wasn’t on the radar. Then combine this with a family culture of art being for the rich and eccentric. Art was not only not on the radar it wasn’t encouraged or seen as a worthy pursuit. So happily I journeyed down the road only picking up a pencil as a writing tool.
Then about twenty five years ago I was doored. (I was on my bike when some one opened up their car door) The bike stopped and I kept on going. Gracefully somersaulting on to the road. Well maybe not so gracefully I broke a leg and four fingers, ouch.
So after a few months I became a little stir crazy, my wife thought a lot stir crazy so she found a pottery course that I was eligible for because I was a temporary cripple and driving her nuts. So to shorten the story, through that course I ended up having a pottery business for a few years and it was at this time I began drawing firstly because I needed this skill for the business but also because I enjoyed drawing.
I enjoy drawing not because it relaxes me but more so because it pushes me and always asks more from me than I am technically able to deliver. I have done some classes and am also self taught. The classes I have done have all fallen a little short and left me with more questions than answers, your courses at drawing academy seem to have a focus on the technical with encouragement to explore personal story and style.
As far as challenges go, my biggest challenge is on the motivation side of things and I have found courses of some kind have always helped my keep focus and given me a reason to shake the dust off the pencils.
Thank you for the opportunity to enter this competition to extend my skills and provide motivation to continue drawing.