Beginning My No Excuses Lifestyle Head On


For most of my life I have wished that I could draw.  I have really wanted to be able to sit down with a sketch pad and put to paper the things that were in my head.  I have always admired people who could do that.  If only the dogs that I would draw didn’t look like deformed horses or my trees didn’t look like giant stalks of broccoli.  Up until now I have just dealt with the fact that I was not naturally talented and thought it was just something I would have to realize and move on.  Yesterday I started a new philosophy on life that revolves around No Excuses.  I have pretty much decided that there is no excuse good enough to keep you from living the life that you want.  Because of this philosophy I decided that it was time to try and sketch something.  I knew that it wouldn’t be perfect but practice makes perfect.  I picked up one of my son’s learning to draw books, some sharpened pencils and colored pencils and started.  What follows are my first attempts at sketching.  I was pretty happy with the outcome and excited to keep practicing.  Baby steps!

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Phases of my first Mickey Mouse

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Standing Mickey

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Donald Duck (Looks more like baby Donald but I’ll take it)

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Mike giving me a thumbs up!  Nemo and Dory cheering me on!


And Woody is asking himself if he really looks like that.  No you don’t Woody.  I’ll try harder next time.

Not the greatest but I am very happy with the results of my first attempts at sketching Disney characters.  The best thing to come out of this experience is that I stopped telling myself that I couldn’t and decided that I was going to try.  This opens up my mind to the possibilities of so many other things.  No more excuses, if I want to do something I need to give it a try!

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”– Walt Disney

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