I AM NOT A DRAWER - I AM A DRAGANEER!
When people ask me about my art I always find myself annoyed with describing myself as a "drawer." Sure I paint some so I am a painter. I can sculpt a little so I am a sculptor and I can craft like any crafter but I have never liked the term drawer. So I've decided to invent a new term (or repurpose a really old one) for those "drawers" out there who also dislike this awkward term. I am officially promoting the term "draganeer." Doesn't that sound better?
Drawers for me growing up was a term for underwear. I have drawers in my dresser where I keep my underwear. Drawer is a clunky word I've never liked. I've tried on the term sketcher - ugh. I've used illustrator or graphic artist but neither fits. Sketch artist sounds like someone who only sets up at carnivals or draws eye witness accounts of wanted criminals.
I looked up the origin of the word draw and discovered the Old English ancestor of the modern English draw was dragan (which means to drag as in drag a pencil or brush). I LOVE THAT! So I decided to add to that term. As a lover of Walt Disney I remember he titled his imaginative staff of artists as Imagineers. Adding that eer seemed to gussy-up my title even more. I decided to forever be a Draganeer.
I hope it catches on. So to all you fellow drawers out there - let's join forces and claim our new title. Daganeers unite!
My studio is a mess, I have a major show to prepare for
but I decided to spend my morning happily
drawing in my sketchbook so I could illustrate my new title.
This happy fellow is created with watercolors, ink
and now lives in my sketchbook.