Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a passion for both sketching and writing. It started out when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I started seeing a counselor and she was the one who told me that expressing myself through writing will help get my feelings out on paper, and it can remain totally confidential because it’s in my personal diary, only for my eyes to see. I first discovered I can sketch when I was a little younger, maybe around 7 or 8 is when I sketched my first real picture. It started out as me sketching stick figures because I wasn’t really good at recapturing what I saw yet. But as time progressed and as I continued to copy newspaper sketching and other drawings I saw, I got better and better at it. I got so good that one day someone wrote me a check to sketch a picture of him and his family.
I used to work for a hospital years and years ago when I was about 17 years old in North Carolina. My job was to be the directory of the building and make sure people got where they were supposed to go with the proper instruction. I also was instructed to greet every patient who walked through the door and make sure they felt welcome. Long story short, one day I got really bored because there wasn’t a lot of foot traffic in the building. So I began to sketch! I found a picture of a model in a magazine and I took a loose sheet of paper and pen and went to work. After a while, one of my coworkers walks up to me and asks “Did you draw that?!” And I said “Absolutely!”. He goes on to tell me how amazing my work was and that he would pay me to draw a picture of him and his grandson. I told him it would take a few days, but I took him up on his offer. He gave me an old picture of him and his grandson on a little league baseball field, smiling brightly at the camera. His grandson holding the bat and him holding his shoulder, they posed for what turned out to be a beautiful memory.
I recreated this page in their life chapter using pencils and toilet paper. My technique and skill were much better at this point because I’d been drawing for years by then. Once I was done, my coworker, whose name was Brian by the way, comes by and asks if the picture is ready. I told him yes and handed it to him, to watch him grin as widely as he had in the picture I’d drawn. He was ecstatic!! He wrote me a check for my work, thanked me again and again, and told me he’d hang it up in his house. After that moment, I’ve been sketching ever since. I’d never been paid for any of the work I drew which really gave me hope in continuing to practice and perfect my craft.
I’m passionate about both writing and sketching not because it could potentially pay well or even because people are fascinated by my talent. I’m passionate about it because I’m great at it, but because I also really really enjoy it. The cherry on top is that it makes me happy to see the expressions on people’s faces when they see my art work or when they read something I’ve written on a whim. I get inspired all throughout the day with writing ideas, but every now and then I sit down and randomly sketch pictures. My go to sketch technique is portraits. I draw people because I find it fun to try to recreate what I see on paper. From the creases under a person’s eyes down to the five o’clock shadow on a man’s face, I really enjoy recreating every detail and sitting back to admire my work once it’s done. I find that I’m extra passionate about writing and sketching whenever I’m going through a tough time in life. Whenever I face something challenging or what seems to be stressful, I sit down and write. I tend to write more when I’m stressed because it’s therapeutic. Not only do I get to vent to my paper or my diary about how I feel, but it also gives me an outlet to express myself however I want to, and it gets no better than that.
It’s not everyday that you get to sit down and write about anything you choose, from the way the guy on the road cut you off in mid traffic down to going through family issues or relationships challenges. Most times, we’re busy with everyday life. Most of us have kids or a really strenuous job. Or sometimes we’re full time students like myself or we have other obligations that require a lot of our undivided attention. So whenever I get the opportunity, I cherish and relish in being able to put pen to paper. I don’t just write about my issues either. I write about whatever is going through my mind. From writing little idioms to writing poetry, I write about whatever comes to mind.
I enjoy both these things because they’re both a form of art. A blank canvas is the perfect way to express your thoughts, your feelings, and your emotions. THIS is why I enjoy these things. I enjoy being able to put a smile on my own face and a smile on everyone else’s face too.
About the author
I’m Monique talented writer who works in the medical field. I’m also a full time student at SNHU. My stories will be focused towards counseling and healing so thank you for reading and thanks in advanced for the support.