Handdrawn quote "The creative adult is the child who survived." Trying out some new ways to draw my letters! www.bysasdesigns.com #quote #handdrawn #lettering #creative #swirls

The creative adult

The creative adult…

Today I wanted to make a quote about something that has been puzzling me a bit lately, about the creative adult. When I look at my children and see how they create art out of nothing, I often wonder where the threshold which takes this all away for some adults lies. A true believer that the majority of us has a creative knob somewhere. To be able to create and fantasize freely as a child. Nobody looks strangely at a child who creates spiders hanging from the ceiling by using paper and thread. It is even adoring and stimulated. So when do some of us lose our creative knob?

A bit of psychology

Often I wonder if adults lose  their sense of creativeness because of their self awareness. Too aware of what other people would think of their thoughts and fantasies. Some people choose to exchange the word fantasy for goals. Maybe it sounds more grown up that way? People thinking they are not good enough. Sometimes I feel this way. Scared of what other people will think of my drawings. Scared of their criticism or their “I-say-what-she-wants-to-hear” words. I am very critical of my own work and therefore have decided to put up work on my blog which is, in my eyes, not perfect. Seeing as how I just started out with hand lettering, I do not expect too much of my drawing. I can now already see a huge improvement (although I am not really there yet) but with a lot of practice I will get better.

So to go back to the psychology part. I believe that some adults could lose their creative knob due to insufficient time to explore it any further. I am not saying that it is a shame that some people let their creative side go, not even that everybody has one, because like everything in your life is based on a choice you make.

New pencils

So having said that and being all psychological like, this is a piece I made after having watched uncountable Skillshare videos and learning heaps! I also got the chance to try out my new pencils! The Brevillier’s (the red one) is a real nice sketching pencil! I use the HB and have linked the link down below. I make the base sketch with the Brevillier.

The other one, the Palomino Blackwing, I saw all of my favorite designers use, so I got curious and to my HUGE disappointment came to realization that they do not ship these pencils to the Netherlands! But thanks to Google, I found a web shop in the Netherlands who sell these, Caspar en Jasper!

Yay! Two days ago, Sas was the proud owner of the most awesome pencil I have ever had the honor to try out. The smooth thick lines it makes, it was like drawing with melted butter on a sandwich. Ahhh I hope drawing heaven received my Hallelujah exclamation. With this pencil, I trace over the sketch that I made.


I had done this quote before right at the beginning, in a more calligraphy styled drawing. But I did not think my scribbles did it justice and I wanted to go on and try it out with lettering. The quote is so big and expressive that it can be made into so many ways. This was the way I wanted to go with at this moment. Probably if I would to make it later, when I have gotten so much better, it would look something totally different.

If you make this quote, would you like to show me what you have done with it or maybe you have thought of how I could make it better? Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

I love the fact that I get to share my growth with you. Hopefully that by sharing this with you, some of you will be less hesitant to start exploring your creative knob. Or develop it even further and just go with your ideas. Do not question them because if you think it, it already is an AWESOME idea!

Handdrawn quote "The creative adult is the child who survived." Trying out some new ways to draw my letters! www.bysasdesigns.com #quote #handdrawn #lettering #creative #swirls

Xx – Sas


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  1. Yvonne Gundersen

    Guess you’ve got a point there, about creativity, so does the quote.plus you’ve to be mentally in a certain place.

    1. By Sas Designs

      So true to that! Your mental state also plays a huge factor

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