When I was a kid all I wanted to do was draw — mainly superheroes — but you would never find me far from a marker and a pen. I dreamed of one day illustrating my own comic books but I knew it didn't come as easily to me as it did others I knew. I had to work hard to get something half decent. (Of course back then I didn't realise hard work can compensate for or better natural talent)
I don't know when I stopped drawing though. Yeah I did odd sketches at work, scamping out ads, but never for fun. When I started trying to write properly back in 2010, I didn't really have any time for other hobbies. Since then I've become even more time poor but I have started sketching again. My little boy loves watching me draw and requests drawing sessions and pictures to put up on his wall.
I was pretty rusty to start off with but I can see myself getting better.
The drawing above wasn't for him though. I was killing some time before meeting my wife and some friends for dinner and started to doodle a picture of Nathaniel Rane as played by Tom Hardy. This is my idea of dream casting. Tome Hardy has the perfect mix of downright dangerous, a little bit crazy and totally tortured to play Rane. I'm quite pleased with the results.
This weekend though I'm back to drawing to make a 4 year old happy. We've got a Batman picture to colour together.