Today I would like to talk to you about something that I have been asked a lot by people. “Can anyone learn to draw?” – I have been faced with this question many times, from friends and family, and even subscribers to my YouTube channel.
One other question, that I get asked often is whether any age is too old to learn art. But, we will talk about that at another time.
A debate that was not even funny
Once when I was watching Family Feud, one of the answers for “an ability you are born with”, included drawing. This made me think a lot. There are people who actually believe that drawing is a talent that one is born with.
I disagree wholeheartedly to this notion. In fact, I’ve even had pretty heated debates with friends about this. I strongly believe that anyone can learn art. There are defined steps that can help you get there.
Talent Vs Learning
I learned art, pretty late into my life. I was around 17 or 18 years old, when I enrolled at the Arts Center. People tell me that I always had the knack for art, because I was into video games and graphic novels.
But, I don’t believe this to be true. If you look at the childhood drawings of the professional artists around you, you will see that they aren’t that great either. In fact, when I saw the drawings I made, when I first started out, seemed as if I was drawing with my feet!
In fact, they were so bad, that I actually threw them all out. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t done that. Then I could have shown you guys the difference between my drawing from then and now.
A technical skill
Anyway, getting back to the point. Drawing is like any other technical skill. You need to learn how to get better. It’s surprising how people dismiss their ability to draw, thinking they are not born with that talent.
But, ask any professional artist, and they will tell you that, at some point in their lives, they decided to learn to draw. Many artists, including Hollywood celebrities, have gone on record stating that having rules and guidelines limit your scope to learn. This is absolutely not true!
I think that having rules, can actually help you grow as an artist. It gives you the guidance you need to develop your skills. I have never seen a child drawing and thought, “Wow, that is absolutely life-like!”
Developed over the years
Learning to draw, is a skill that needs years of observation, and understanding the rules of proportion and perspective. You can have a better eye for the details, but anyone can learn how to draw, with the right set of rules and guidelines.
What do you think? Hear me speak more on this subject here. Tell me your thoughts on the topic, and what you think about my doodle, in the comments section of the video. There is also a surprise announcement for my followers! Check it out, now! . Don’t forget our artist pencil case
So when I need to think fast, I keep my pencils strapped to my sketchbook using the arm-adillo. So check out the draw artist bag. It is perfectly designed for out and about drawing, for art on the go here. -Thanks