Davina Kinney Illustrations
Over the years I have heard people tell me, “I wish I knew how to draw! All I can do are stick
figures…” Truth is, that’s how I started too. Actually, my drawings where so bad, my fellow
first graders would laugh at them.

Thankfully, I always had a support system wherever I went that kept me going. There were
several times when I would be so discouraged or frustrated I wanted to give up all together.
But my friends and family wouldn’t let me. If it had not been for them, I imagine I would not
have progressed much from stick figure drawings either.

However, support was only one side of that coin; the other was my genuine love of drawing.
In fact, becoming an artist was my first career choice. When I was six years old, I would tape
my drawings on the bedroom window of my friends’ house and pretend to sell them to rich art
collectors.

What I was lacking, however, was proper training. And it wasn’t until I turned thirteen did I
receive my first art class. Even though that class was only a week long, it sparked something
inside me. I started picking out ‘how to draw’ books and put a real effort into improving. Only
a year later, I was the one my classmates would turn to when they needed help with a
drawing. The satisfaction that came from seeing how happy they were with my work drove me
to keep going. By the time I had graduated from high school I had taken all but one of the art
courses the school provided and I sold my first drawing.

After I turned eighteen I decided to dive into an element of the art world I knew nothing about;
digital art. In some ways, I felt like I was starting all over again. I had no teacher, no training,
and no clue what I was doing.  In fact, my very first digital coloring is quite simply horrendous.
But it was my admiration for digital art that kept me going. Shortly after I got married, my
husband bought me a digital art tablet and that one gift changed my world. (Well, so to
speak) After I finally got a handle on how to use the thing, my skills skyrocketed.

Now, when I hear that same phrase from someone I just smile. There is no big secret
or perfect formula to drawing. If you have a strong desire to learn something, find a support
team that will give you the needed push and just work at it. That’s what I did and it’s what I
continue doing today. :)

~Davina Kinney