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Just A Copywriter

I've never been able to draw. Ever.

Because I've always known I wanted to write, that inability never really come up. As long as I could communicate with words, who cared if my doodles looked like doodoo? But when I started working in advertising, I noticed my copywriting cohorts could draw. They weren't necessarily art directors, but they were good enough. AdWeek calls them "hybrid creatives." I call them "very rude." 

Suddenly, my hand's refusal to cooperate started to frustrate me. So I bought a book, You Can Draw In 30 Days, by Mark Kistler. I got a sketchbook and an eraser. I did not buy good pencils or a "blending stomp," nor did I learn what a “blending stomp” was. Maybe next time!

Honestly this was a pretty strong start. Check out that third try! I was a pro already.

Honestly this was a pretty strong start. Check out that third try! I was a pro already.

Butts! Lesson 2 was butts.

Butts! Lesson 2 was butts.

3 days in and I was already so, so bored of spheres.

3 days in and I was already so, so bored of spheres.

I loved drawing cubes. I didn't understand foreshortening. Still don't!

I loved drawing cubes. I didn't understand foreshortening. Still don't!

This was my favorite lesson for the entire book because it was the only one I was good at.

This was my favorite lesson for the entire book because it was the only one I was good at.

Stacking tables were boring. Someone in the book drew a robot out of stacking tables but I just wanted to draw a real table.

Stacking tables were boring. Someone in the book drew a robot out of stacking tables but I just wanted to draw a real table.

I think he was trying to teach me about "the thickness," or whatever side of an open door/window you see. I giggled at "the thickness" every time and also now.

I think he was trying to teach me about "the thickness," or whatever side of an open door/window you see. I giggled at "the thickness" every time and also now.

I was SO pumped for the koala lesson. I even went a little off-book and drew some textures as a challenge.

I was SO pumped for the koala lesson. I even went a little off-book and drew some textures as a challenge.

This was the first really hard lesson. Looking back, they're not that bad. They're also not that good.

This was the first really hard lesson. Looking back, they're not that bad. They're also not that good.

The biggest takeaway from this lesson is that I can't consistently spell cylinder correctly.

The biggest takeaway from this lesson is that I can't consistently spell cylinder correctly.

I was incredibly proud of this mailbox. Look at that woodgrain! Look! At! It!

I was incredibly proud of this mailbox. Look at that woodgrain! Look! At! It!

This was my favorite drawing. I don't really love doing detail work, and I definitely didn't have the right tools, but I love this haunted house anyway.

This was my favorite drawing. I don't really love doing detail work, and I definitely didn't have the right tools, but I love this haunted house anyway.

I really was flying blind on this lesson. There were basically no instructions and I was UNHAPPY.

I really was flying blind on this lesson. There were basically no instructions and I was UNHAPPY.

Tube men were fun. In the lower right corner, I tried to draw a water slide and clearly learned nothing

Tube men were fun. In the lower right corner, I tried to draw a water slide and clearly learned nothing

It's me, Hokusai.

It's me, Hokusai.

These flags were fun! But I felt like when it came to the "challenge," I had zero instruction, so I was bad. I hate being bad at things!

These flags were fun! But I felt like when it came to the "challenge," I had zero instruction, so I was bad. I hate being bad at things!

I feel like this was my second bat mitzvah.

I feel like this was my second bat mitzvah.

I struggled a lot with really needing the drawings to be GOOD. Un-learning that was very hard, and didn't really stick. Kinda like therapy!

I struggled a lot with really needing the drawings to be GOOD. Un-learning that was very hard, and didn't really stick. Kinda like therapy!

My friend told me that Picasso drew a coffee cup every morning to warm up. I liked my little round cup! I did NOT like drawing those holes.

My friend told me that Picasso drew a coffee cup every morning to warm up. I liked my little round cup! I did NOT like drawing those holes.

I've never seen a tree that looks like this, but okay!

I've never seen a tree that looks like this, but okay!

This was my second take of a room in one-point perspective. I struggled HARD with that ceiling fan but otherwise, I really liked the perspective lessons in this book!

This was my second take of a room in one-point perspective. I struggled HARD with that ceiling fan but otherwise, I really liked the perspective lessons in this book!

I meant for those to be symmetrical windows on both sides, but they turned into weird holes and I couldn't figure it out, so I went with it. Art!

I meant for those to be symmetrical windows on both sides, but they turned into weird holes and I couldn't figure it out, so I went with it. Art!

An intro to 2 point perspective! I loved drawing this. I did another version that was taller and more interesting but this one was so clean! So even!

An intro to 2 point perspective! I loved drawing this. I did another version that was taller and more interesting but this one was so clean! So even!

A 2-point perspective castle, feat. a rippling flag from lesson 17. I really liked drawing all these lines. This was fun. I only wanted to draw castles forever.

A 2-point perspective castle, feat. a rippling flag from lesson 17. I really liked drawing all these lines. This was fun. I only wanted to draw castles forever.

I didn't have it in me to do any sort of detail work on this 2-point skyline. I don't even have a good excuse. I just got bored.

I didn't have it in me to do any sort of detail work on this 2-point skyline. I don't even have a good excuse. I just got bored.

THESE LETTERS WERE SO HARD. I tried to write "hi" again and it looked the same, and then I tried to write my name and it didn't work at ALL.

THESE LETTERS WERE SO HARD. I tried to write "hi" again and it looked the same, and then I tried to write my name and it didn't work at ALL.

In a universe where the Bachelor franchise doesn't occupy 4+ hours of my life every week, I might have devoted more time to making this less horrific. But it was so funny in its monstrosity that I couldn't bring myself to change it. Sometimes I make copies and leave them on people's desks. Good luck sleeping ever again.

In a universe where the Bachelor franchise doesn't occupy 4+ hours of my life every week, I might have devoted more time to making this less horrific. But it was so funny in its monstrosity that I couldn't bring myself to change it. Sometimes I make copies and leave them on people's desks. Good luck sleeping ever again.

WHY DIDN'T THIS LESSON COME BEFORE THE PORTRAIT?

WHY DIDN'T THIS LESSON COME BEFORE THE PORTRAIT?

I was relieved to be done with this book and project. These hands are pretty good.

I was relieved to be done with this book and project. These hands are pretty good.

So Can I Draw In 30 Days? Not really! My doodles still mostly suck. But I did have fun being creative for 30 days, and I think that's probably the more important lesson here. 

I highly recommend saving that image from lesson 28. It's really impossible not to laugh at. You're welcome!