Whether you’ve been a reader of AbbyGabs from it’s inception, or you’re new to our hallowed pages, you’ve most likely noticed an obvious theme.
I. Am. Addicted. To. Photoshop.
It’s true. I’m not afraid to make myself look ridiculous by adding a jaunty hat, a sandwich board, or a cheerful Richard Simmons. Similarly, my husband, famous movie characters, and someone’s expensive yacht are also not immune.
I’ve even started writing comic strips, illustrating them with Photoshop.
Yes, I enjoy turning on some music, firing up my computer, and magically extracting a bow tie as much as the next gal. But there’s another, underlying reason for my addiction to Photoshop. And it’s less complicated than you think.
It is simply this: I cannot draw.
Seriously. This is a picture of a straight line I drew just now. With a ruler.
I know. It’s sad.
I’ve ALWAYS wished I could draw. Creativity is my forte. I’m completely and 100% right brained. In fact, I often wonder if the left side of my brain works at all. Not being able to draw, even the silliest of things, cramps my creative style.
Here are a few examples of things I “Doodle” well.
|The ever-popular girlie flower.|
|Block letters–it comes from being a cheerleader eons ago.|
|I have no idea.|
Listen, I warned you.
I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book, but since I can’t draw, I’d have to rely on an illustrator. Which, until recently, would’ve been a serious pain in the arse. (Luckily, I have my dear friend, Sam, to rely on now. He’s a brilliant artist. And I know he’d work with me and all my neuroses.)
Because I doubt very seriously that when your main character looks like this:
And the author looks like this:
…most publishing companies would laugh and say, “Aren’t you cute to try and get your 7 year-old’s school project published?”