Sketch of the Week . 001 . Self Portrait

March 2014 marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life. Perhaps I shouldn’t even refer to it as a chapter, but rather as a part, or even as a whole new book! After 20 years as a student, I was finally something else. I say “something else” because my mind seemed to take a little while to shift from the student identity.

Being stuck in the student identity is not a great place to be when you’re not a student anymore. There is only so much growing one can do when they believe they will achieve their goals “one day” instead of having the capacity to achieve them now. So, as I slowly came to the realization that my thinking was still stuck in a place of scarcity, I decided to work towards a drastic shift in my mentality. This shift began in the second half of 2015.

Among my other goals, I have been wanting to explore my own personal creativity for quite some time. Though architecture school was a very creative environment, my energy was always directed toward whatever projects were on the go. For a long time now, I have been wanting to embark on my own creative path and I have decided that the time is now!

Initially I was considering doing one sketch a day, however I have been worried that may be biting off more than I can chew. My role as an intern architect, as well as my weekly blog posts remain my top priorities, along with fitness, nutrition, and sleep. So, with that in mind, I have decided to aim to produce one sketch a week.

Having spent very little time on personal creative development over the past 10 years, I feel as though I am starting essentially from scratch. I know the basics of how to draw, but it honestly isn’t something that I have exercised. I definitely do not have a personal style, so uncovering my personal style will be one of the main objectives of this exploration. What I know now, is that I have a tendency to be too careful. I am not incredibly expressive and I feel my technique lacks character. In addition to my own work, I will occasionally share with you some of my favourite artists. I may even try incorporating some of those styles in to my work as a way to break through my current way of doing things.

What better way to begin than with a self portrait? It was my intent with this first drawing to communicate the beginning of this new chapter in my life. Though I find it doesn’t really look like me, there are hints of me there and it is ultimately a starting point. I hope that as I continue to practice I will be able to revisit the self portrait having advanced in accuracy, complexity, and expression. I am excited to share my journey with you!



10 Comments Add yours

  1. I love your self portrait sketch. Your blog is so inspiring and I enjoy reading it. Keep it up Dani, you are beyond awesome! πŸ˜€


    1. Dani Lalonde says:

      Thank you so much, Al! I am excited that you are following along, it means a lot to me. I hope to stay inspired every day of 2016 and share that with you here πŸ™‚


    1. Dani Lalonde says:

      Thank you! Your feedback means a lot!


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