Since I don’t have enough things to do in my life (if you’re new to the blog, that’s total sarcasm, I have more hobbies than I know what to do with them) I decided to get into yet another thing! It’s something I’ve thought I’d never be able to do again, but after reading a few articles on the subject, decided to give it a go because I used to do it when I had vision and really enjoyed it. That my friends, is drawing!
It all started when I saw news that a 3D Doodler pen was accessible to the blind. I found this out through a blind gamers forum I joined recently, in their off topic section. I expressed interest in how cool it would be to be able to draw again, and a user commented with alternative ways to draw that the blind have utilized, and linked to a few source’s. The one that stuck out to me most was this one and it got me thinking…why not try it again? Of course I’m not going to start out as a Mozart or anything, but I really would like to just draw and color, and see what happens. So I ordered a sketch pad, some art grade pencils, and am going to start watching drawing tutorial videos on YouTube to get a general idea of how to do things! I know there’s no surefire method to drawing, and practice is key, but I’d just like to learn some basics I can use as building blocks to start sketching.
How am I going to outline my drawings? Is something you may be asking. Well, let me show you! The user who replied to me mentioned these and how the blind use them to outline their work. They then take a pencil, and draw with the wikki stix still down, and color in with them down also, and when everything is done, you pull them off, and you have your drawing! I had used wiki stix in the past, like way back when they weren’t even remotely popular. In high school, my brother would use them for his geometry class, and his assistant would make raised shape outlines with them. So when I saw that people used these for that same sort of purpose, only with drawing, I was like “Duh, because that’s how we used to use them”. So I bought a pack of wikki stix along with my sketching supplies, so I can do that method. The 3D pen would have been cool, but I’m more into hand drawing than making 3D models and stuff. Plus, with the wikkis, you can make 3D models too, so win-win with having both around the house.
I already have colored pencils, even though I would have liked to buy some prismacolor ones lol. But they were just an added unnecessary price tag, since I have some already. I’m more excited about the artist grade pencil set, that’s going to be cool to use! And I got 2 sketchpads, so plenty of paper to work with – which I read is a must for beginners.
I’ll keep you guys posted on how this goes! If anything, I’ll do it as a relaxing hobby. I’m really excited to be able to even do this though, and it’s all thanks to finding other inspirational blind people on audiogames.net. I’m so happy to have found this community, because there are tons of fellow blind gamers, musicians, game creators, and it’s just such a nice breath of fresh air as opposed to older blind communities I’ve been a part of back in the day. Of course there’s forum drama, because what forum doesn’t have that, but all in all, a great community, for both sighted and the blind. If you want to check it out and are sighted, go ahead! There are some sighted people on the boards that hang out too, which I find super cool.
I’ll be sure to post my pictures when I get started! But don’t be surprised if when I start, it’s just a ton of colored in shapes haha. But excited to add drawing to my long list of hobbies in 2018!