Monday, January 2, 2012
My Longest Relationship Ever
I am a commitment-phobe when it comes to blogging. Since abandoning my first Livejournal back in high school I continued to sign up for, and then neglect, my new accounts for years, making a series of half-hearted attempts at building a proper home for my art online. Many of these sites were borne from a desire to showcase my drawings in a professional way, impress potential clients and hopefully score myself some freelance work. After all, every respectable artist that I knew and admired had an art blog. My problem was that I found the whole business of self-promotional blogging to be tedious and, frankly, boring.
In 2009 I resolved to start a new site made purely for my own enjoyment. Instead of stressing over character rotations and agonizing over the commercial value of my background designs I decided to just stick up whatever I felt like at the time. Sometimes I'd choose drawings, other times paintings and once in a while photos of trips I had taken with friends or beef stews I had cooked from scratch. It was a testing ground for new ideas, completely removed from anything resembling a traditional portfolio site. Like the seeds of any good relationship it was little bit stupid and not the least bit serious.
Organically, the blog has evolved into a true record of the places I've been and the people I've met through the unique medium of drawing. I began Tabitha Draws as a place to share my life with others as filtered through the tip of a pen. My sketchbook has taken me on some fantastic journeys and opened the door to experiences that I could never have imagined. Most importantly, it has kept me honest by allowing me to create drawings purely for art's sake.
I'm eager to see what trouble the sketchbook and I will get up to in the new year, as I'm sure it will be fabulous. I see a real future for us together, and it looks bright.
My longest relationship has been with a pad of paper. Three years later, I'm still in love.