Drawing is the creative pastime of choice for many. It's something fun you can do almost anywhere to relieve stress — unless someone looks over your shoulder at your art collection and realizes you've got talent.
The moment you become known as that guy, your fun hobby will quickly be reduced to, "hey, guy! You're pretty good at that art sh*t, huh? Come here."
...and it's all downhill from there.
1. You become the go-to guy for everything artistic.
Drawing is apparently a rare skill that no one bothered to keep at after they set down their coloring books.
If you're identified as a skilled sketcher, that's it — there's no more looking for another talented guy in the unit.
And you'll be the guy everyone asks to draw their next tattoo. (Photo by Sgt. Edward Garibay)
2. You'll work with senior enlisted and officers who don't know what they want.
Draw a thing — but make it cool. Okay, great... but that wasn't what they had in mind. You should make it less like that, but more... you know?
Confused? You should be. 90% of the time, when the first sergeant asks for something drawn, you'll get the ambiguity above as feedback.
Except for Navy aviators. They understand. (Photo by a true American patriot)
*Bonus* On the bright side, it's pretty good for skating.
"Motor pool? I apologize, but I can't, Sergeant. The sergeant major has me tasked out at the Battalion building right now."
...and then you swing by the gas station for energy drinks while you're out buying another $70 pen.