If I could, I would draw for all eternity. In a perfect world, where bills did not exist and everyone was fed, sheltered and looked after, I would be comfortably sprawled across a cushioned sun lounge allowing myself and my imagination to completely let go and... draw. So that is in my perfect world.
There is a saying that "life is the art of drawing without an eraser". We can't redo or retry the life that we have lived. There is no such thing as a reset or rewind button when we either want to change or perhaps relive a moment in time. Probably a good thing... our own life blended with everyone else's lives would generate a mass of confusing parallels! So let's not go there and get back on point.
Drawing from your imagination may sound daunting at the start. Drawing subjects that are not physically in front of you to reference may seem a task. But what if you draw what is in your own imagination and use the imaginary object as a reference? It may seem a challenge, but no one said that you can't also refer to a search on google images, for example.
How to start drawing as an outlet as I do, and I suspect many others do!
Firstly, you need to quickly decide on the following:
Secondly, there must be an inspiration, or at the very least a faint idea that is appealing for you on which to base your drawing. Take from this "feeling" you have and decide if you want to be thoughtful with your implementation or if you would rather lose yourself in this artistic moment and unleash in expressive abandonment? Do you want to express a negative feeling that you have been hoping to resolve? Is the feeling more so a celebration of something, a surreal dream you had that you can't shake or as simple as a beautiful scene you were lucky to catch and want to replicate the same awe you experienced at the time. Remember, this is an exercise where your imagination is your reference and the medium you are holding will materialize this on the paper in front of you.
If I have an idea in my head that I am bursting to express, I will start with that. I might begin with a peripheral scribble or a line without fully knowing how it will progress. It might be that my hand just needs a workout to start with, clasping the graphite and letting it move freely. it's not important really. This will be developed either continuously in this moment in time or maybe later. I am also not particularly fussed about the quality of the imagined subject I am drawing in the beginning stages. Why get hung up on details like scale and technical accuracy at this stage? We can fix these later.
There are drawing sessions at times when I feel completely involved and in sync with my creation. I know this may sound a tad "fluffy" or "madly hippie", but even the toing and froing of the graphite moving on the paper surface can leave me feeling cathartic and mesmerised. That feeling on its own can be the only benefit I take from a session! Other times, I realise I am not in the zone, still enjoying the idea that I am adding more to the creation and progressing.
The art of drawing should be whatever it means to you. You may not get any real enjoyment from drawing from the imagination and may prefer to draw still life or even life drawing. The point of this article I suppose then is that you should never be afraid to draw from what comes from within. Do not question your creativity so much that you refrain from visual expression at all or allow the self-perceived "madness" of your imaginary world to be scrutinized by a friend or critic. Draw as an artistic outlet as you would write your thoughts in a journal. It really is the same thing, maybe a bit more "madly hippie"!