3 Subject Matters I Love to Draw

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Every painter and writer has a go-to subject matter, and I’m not any different. I’m sure in your own creation process you’ll find the same subject now and again.

Have you ever wondered why you prefer certain subject matter over others?

I can’t tell you your personal reasons, but I know from personal experiences why I love to draw people, imaginative creatures, and bananas.

Bananas

I’m being serious about the bananas by the way. I love to draw them – in black and white. Even though they’re smooth, they have a unique form. When I take the peel off, they have a beautiful texture and those little stringy pieces. If you let them get old and spotty, there’s a natural contrast to your still life.

Subject Matter I Love to Draw
Banana, graphite, 8 x 10 in.

Imaginative Creatures

As a person who’s addicted to the creation process, I also love to create things that don’t actually exist, especially creatures. I’ve always been drawn to horror novels, not for blood and violence, but the monsters. One day, I hope sooner rather than later, I want to create the next big monster driven horror novel.

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The Shaman – Peter, graphite, 9 x 12 in.

I’ve realized within the last year, I’ve given myself a lifelong task. I’m up against the works of Mary Shelley, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Bram Stoker, and dozens more. Any creature, not all monsters, I write into stories – or just make up in my head – I draw into existence. Then, they’re here and part of my reality.

People

Now, drawing people is the most frustrating experience I’ve ever undergone. I’m rarely satisfied with what I create. My inner-critic is the loudest while I draw portraits and figures, and most of these works are sketches.

Subject Matter I love to draw
Self-Portrait, charcoal, 48 x 52 in.

When I look at people, I can’t help it. I want to draw their eyes, hands, feet, arms, their posture, and how they’re mingling together. It’s an impulse I’ve rarely been able to overcome. Why? Because they’re crazy interesting, and honestly, I feel a little less crazy drawing people than just staring at them. 

Subject Matter Is An Important Way For Any Artist To Communicate

These subject choices say a lot about me and what everyday life is like in my head. I’m attracted to textures, contrast, unique forms, the rare and the crazy things about people.

Take some time to think about why you like certain subject matters? Or go through your works and find your three favorites? Or go and find something that you just can’t pry your eyes away from?

Remember, they will say so much about you as an artist, art – in any medium – is a communication process, and the subject matter you choose will say something to the world about you.

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