Get Those Pencils Out
There are so many reasons why you should draw more if you have depression and first of all you don’t need to be an artist. You don’t need to be skilled and everyone can draw. It’s not about producing a masterpiece. But it is about looking at the world around you being more aware of shapes, form and space with the added bonus of it helping your memory believe it or not. Your emotions can be transferred into your artwork. It can be a way of expressing, managing and overcoming feelings in a proactive way.
Fear of the blank piece of paper
I will admit I am not the best artist but then I don’t need to be and neither do you. There is nothing scarier than having a blank piece of paper in front of you and making that first mark; it’s the same with writing; I promise the more you do it the easier it becomes.
A good way to warm up is to start with what I call scribble drawings just to get that first mark down on that blank sheet.
I am also the first to admit portraits I am rubbish at but I like to break down the face and concentrate on drawing an eye, or the mouth and I currently love doing eyes.
I absolutely love children’s drawings they are just so free. Kids love drawing and they don’t care if you like it or not and that’s how it should be. The most important aspect of drawing is the ability to see. You have to look at the object or the scene in front of you and translate it to the paper. This is done using pencils, crayons, etc which is a lot easier to control than watercolour or other types of paint.
Tools to use
The first thing you need to do is get yourself some pencils if you don’t have any already. I tend to use Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils.
Eyes are definitely the window to the soul and I just love the whole process of drawing the; I find it really quite meditative. In the future, I will be doing tutorials so if you are interested please sign up and a newsletter will be sent out when these are available.
There is no question that the more you practice the better you get. Drawing also helps with your short-term memory. You are using both sides of your brain and building new connections and pathways making your brain grow. The left side of the brain is responsible for logical thinking whereas the right supplies the creativity and you are also improving your hand to eye coordination.
Another good way to get started is by putting an object in front of you or an image of something and then put your pencil onto the paper. Now without looking at the paper or pencil and just looking at the object/image draw what you can see without looking at what you are doing.
One of the benefits of drawing is that it actually helps with stress relief. Actually creating something also makes you feel productive at a time when you are feeling the complete opposite which in turn makes you feel good about yourself. The act of drawing keeps you “in the moment” which can feel a lot like meditation.
Finally, Reasons Why You Should Draw More When You Have Depression
Draw for yourself, do not try to compete with others or even yourself. Just let go and fill that piece of paper. If you are still really scared of getting pencil to paper wear a blindfold and draw an object from memory with the understanding that it is not going to be a Rembrandt but use it purely as a way of letting go and enjoying the moment.