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Trying drawing as a new quarantine hobby

Blog and drawings by Ellie Dunlop

I woke up thinking, “Whatever I’m going to try today can’t possibly be worse than embroidery.”

After scrolling through Pinterest for way too long, I decided I would attack drawing— specifically, drawing with markers as my medium. Look at how I used the word medium. I am truly evolving into a fun-loving, artistic professional.

Per usual, I headed to my local Joanne Fabrics to get my supplies. I’m not entirely sure why Joanne Fabrics is considered an “essential” business, but I, for one, am not complaining. After searching through the drawing section of Joanne’s for a little while, I made my way to the front to check out. The lady checking me out said, “The best way to keep you busy during this time is crafts!” I couldn’t agree more, Angela.

Once I got home, I laid out all of my supplies so I would feel more like a professional artist. I started with something small: I drew a dog. But the dog didn’t really look like a dog; more like a demented rabbit. I decided that free hand drawing is not my forte.

I decided to look up some pictures for inspiration. Turns out I’m a lot better at copying other people’s drawings; they actually turned out pretty good.

Two days later

Drawing has actually kept me pretty occupied for the past couple of days. It’s a lot more calming than embroidery, and not to toot my own horn, but I’m actually kind of good at it. I have enjoyed drawing while watching Netflix. It has been good to keep my hands occupied, and it actually really passes the time.

Difficulty: 5/10

Overall Enjoyment: 8/10

Would I do this if I weren’t under quarantine? Yes


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