The topic of this post came to me after seeing a job posting about an article for an artist discussing the art of drawing. They wanted an artist to discuss how to draw, an internet Bob Ross I suppose. The idea was that they wanted to convey the message that anyone can draw and honestly, a few years ago I would have disagreed with them but now I think they are 100% right.
Drawing is like anything else in the world, it just takes practise. I think the reason that a lot of people, including myself, think that they can’t draw is because we tried a little bit in school, saw someone else who was really good and gave up. Or, we saw the amazing drawings on Instagram and other places and decided there was no way we would ever be able to draw like that, snapped our pencils and moved onto something else.
However, what we didn’t see were the hours and hours that these people practised their craft. They will have spent any time they could, drawing on anything they could find, whenever the inspiration took them. That’s why they are good, they may have had talent but I bet they all still have those crappy drawings they did as kids just like people like me do.
To be good at anything, you have to practise, that’s all there is to it. As you practise, your techniques get better, your work begins to evolve
and you start to create patterns that your muscles recognise. If we all wanted to be truly great drawers then we could be. I will leave that to them though, cos I can’t draw.