I’m bored. I made a playlist of songs from early 80’s MTV video’s to listen to while I’m at my drawing table. As they play in the back ground I start to stare and think back to the early 80’s when MTV first came on. Thinking of life and what it was like when I was a lot younger. The people I met. Things I’ve done. Places I’ve been. And now, 35 years later, some of these adventures seem like they’ve just happened. The good as well as the bad. Most are thoughts of when I moved to Florida in 1982. It was my first time out. I went from this tiny backwoods town to Miami. I was suppose to run around and hang out at bars and be loud and out going and an obnoxious ass but that wasn’t me. So my friends started thinning out to where I only knew my neighbors enough to say hi to as I passed them. I was never given a book on how it was suppose to be. I was 20, barely knew anyone, and living 2,000 miles away from where I grew up, but at least I had a job and a home. I never asked for help, I didn’t know I needed any. I stayed in my apartment with my two snakes. I worked the second shift, 7:30 pm to 4:00 am. I would go straight home most of the time but sometimes I would drive to A1A and watching the sun come up over the ocean, that was kind of cool.
One thing I did have was a decent entertainment center according to 1980 standards. My TV was connected to my stereo and I had MTV on constantly. The strange music I never heard before met me in a world I’d never been before. These songs/ video’s take me back to where I started. A lot of time’s I feel like I’m still there and I still don’t know what to do.
Practicing with pencils.
Technique and experience seems to be the main thing. I’ve made a big mess from constantly smearing the graphite. What I’ve found to be great tools are blending stumps and the eraser pencil also good quality pencils. The better pencils have harder wood keeping the core from breaking and a quality sharpener helps too. I can see how buying really cheap supplies could put some people off and lose interest. But here’s my 6th pencil drawing focusing mostly on controlling and technique. Trying to be neat and not smearing everything will be the next step.