Monday, March 21, 2011


Or is it underestimation?

It has always been a conviction of mine that drawing and I are the worst of enemies. Not because I hated it, but because I've never managed to draw anything that was considered the least bit recognizable! And that was probably because I had my mind set on "no, don't even try, you can't draw".

A week ago I started attending a course in jewelry making. The course is divided into three parts, designing (ie drawing), silversmithing and wax carving. Naturally, we started with designing.

On my first day at the center, I was shown a few photos and was asked to copy whichever I felt like copying, as to determine my level. But my first class began with me warning the instructor that what she was about to see was something beyond dreadful. I told her that if there was a level zero, I think we should start there. Maybe start with drawing square shapes and circles. She ignored what I said and asked me to start working.

I chose a picture of a floor lamp and started copying. While drawing, I was mentally preparing myself for the comments I would receive upon showing the instructor the final result. Remove this hideous "thing" from my face immediately! this is a disgrace! You have shamed yourself and your family forever!!.. forever *echo echo*

I was almost finished when my friend popped her head over the desk I was sitting on and smiled, telling me that I'm really good with details.


The final result of the floor lamp sketch I was drawing was quite shocking to me! The wall I built between myself and drawing came tumbling down, and I found myself face to face with a sketch -of my own making- that was.. nice!! Of course, I'm no Picasso, and I still have a long way to go, but at least what I drew was not dreadful!!

I have only attended three classes since I've started last week, and I could feel the improvement already. Yesterday I was asked to design my own piece of jewelry, and I designed four. I actually drew something from my own imagination. *yay me!*

I feel like I owe someone an apology, but I'm not sure who. I have been guilty of making wrong assumptions several times on many occasions, but does that fall under the same category?
I doubted my abilities, and I think this is the worst crime one can commit towards oneself.

Just do it. You can.

Starting this course opened a door to a whole new universe for me, and I'm LUVIN' every minute I spend at the jewelry center!


Anonymous said...

This is great! Your designs are lovely - It is strange how we assume we are bad at some activities we have never really tried before. But you are doing good and that is a good lesson for all!
I am the same with drawing, so your post this morning open a door for me......

أم ترافيس said...

mashaa Allah!

♥●• Izdiher·•●♥ said...

Best of luck.Design are great Masha Allah

Little Auntie said...

This was really inspiring. All too often we limit ourselves- we put ourselves down...This is a post that reminds us to go for it :)

Ma'shaAllah to you, btw. Your drawings are really nice =)

sheriberi said...

Beautiful designs! It's great that you're exploring new talents mashallah :) I didn't even know they had jewelery making classes here. Sounds fun!

Mariam said...

Marie, thanks for your comment! And I hope you do explore drawing, and like me, prove yourself wrong!

Sheriberi, yes they do, I was surprised to hear about that place too! It was like a dream come true! lol! If you're interested, I could send you their number.

Thank you to everyone who commented! Y'all are the best :)