Two years ago for my birthday a friend gave me an amazing colored pen set. Not like a cheap colored pen set you'd give a kid or one of those pens with the selectors on the side to choose different colors that you absolutely had to have as a kid. These were real colored pens. They were made in Germany.
But what to do with them? I write. I don't draw.
Well, I can sketch some things very well. I used to sketch profiles of cars, buildings, shoes, clothing --- I was design oriented and dreamed of being an architect. The problem was if I took any of the things I drew and tried to make them three dimensional the sketch would be obliterated. The horizons wouldn't match, the point of view was all off. I was a mess. I really couldn't draw.
In my exasperation I got a book on learning how to draw animals step by step. Deer, lions, coyotes --- that sort of thing. But even when I followed the steps, one after the other, it still came out a mess. I couldn't even trace in 3D!
Dismayed I did what any normal middle schooler would do. I promptly gave up.
Now back to my birthday present. I still can't draw, but I had these colored pens. I figured I needed to push myself artistically and just go with it. So I began to illustrate next to some poems, or to draw an image I had in my mind and use it as a springboard for a poem or prayer. Sometimes it still looks pretty awful, but there are others that are actually not half bad, and complement the writing well.
It's been a struggle, yet I am starting to come around to drawing as a tool to aid my primary artistic focus. What are some arts or crafts you pursue that you aren't very good at but help you with your art and creativity?