What makes you happy? Take a moment and think of something that makes you smile. It might be a fond memory, someone you love, one of your favourite songs or maybe even when you decide to pick up a pencil and start to draw. Happiness can mean different things to different people but what remains universal is the sense of calm that washes over our bodies and the smile that appears on our face.
Sometimes happiness can arise in the most unexpected ways, for some who never had a talent or interest in art it can show up in the simple form of a colouring in book. Shading in between the lines, selecting from a rainbow of colours can almost act like a detox, it makes you forget your surroundings. Some people like to go to the gym and work up a sweat to take their mind off things, for me drawing is a destressifier. Nothing says a good drawing session better than finding the side of your palms covered in black led or paint on your clothes.
Sometimes we see how commercialising artwork can remove the integrity of what it is to be an artist, some conform their styles to the norm in hopes to get more likes or followers, others just forget how complex art is and think drawing a couple of coloured strokes on a canvas makes it abstract.
However, what about those who genuinely love and appreciate art but just cant seem to perfect it to the way they’d like? Drawing books have brought art and commercial platforms together in an ethical and true manner which seeks to spread the joys of creative skill to those whom it naturally doesn’t form.
Art is meant to be enjoyed by all and is not limited in who can create a masterpiece; drawing books are now no longer limited to a younger age group as we see the rising popularity of Mandala drawing books such as “Secret Garden”.
A poll we conducted revealed 70% wouldn’t mind having a drawing book either, what are your opinons on this new age, artistic detoxifier?
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Written by Stephanie Lara