I started drawing again.
Nothing big. Just little bits, doodles in a sketch pad when I’m stuck on an idea, or my computer is loading too slow.
I’ve been rereading Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like an Artist, and I found this quote, which I loved the first time I read it, too:
It’s so important to have a hobby. A hobby is something creative that’s just for you. You don’t try to make money or get famous off it, you just do it because it makes you happy. A hobby is something that gives but doesn’t take.
I used to draw all the time, especially in high school. Doodles, my own cartoon characters, Sonic the Hedgehog fanart and my own invented Digimon. It was a fun thing to share with my friends, or to just spend an afternoon working on.
Then, I fell away from it. I’m not sure exactly when or how, but it just stopped being something that I did all the time. But picking up a pencil, doodling BMO or drawing circles on a page, I remember how much I miss it, and also how much I probably need it, for myself and for all my other art.