Monday, May 28, 2012
Life Imitates Hobby?
I tend to have a different perspective.
Personally, outside of the hobby I'm a cartoonist, painter, illustrator and graphic designer...you know, beyond husband and father. And this hobby has influenced each and every one of those aspects of my life.
Because of this hobby, I've studied how to draw the subject matter of the 41st Millennium, and have made my own desktop backgrounds for the computers I use at work. I have even applied the lighting techniques used to paint competitively to articles I've written on how to judge color properly for trade show exhibits. It's a topic for discussion when folks a work and at church ask how I spend my free time.
And speaking of my family, my wife has so much patience with my and my hobby, supporting me and knowing how much this means to me. My son knows the difference between his toys and "daddy's toys", and actually wants to watch me paint them.
Often have we concentrated on how much this hobby costs our wallets, but have we spent enough time concentrating on how much it's influenced the rest of our lives? This hobby has helped to bring some amazing people into my life, friends that are important to me as family, and people I look up to both professionally and personally.
What has this hobby done for you?