I have seen a lot of people walk away from drawing, though it was their heart’s desire, because they thought they didn’t have the talent for it. If this is you, please read this blog. You see, I have been fortunate enough to have known a good number of developing artists who have transformed themselves into exceptional artists, but without having started with an obvious gift for drawing.
If you follow a few, simple suggestions, I can practically guarantee that it can happen to you, too. If you don’t take these recommendations, I can almost guarantee that it won’t happen.
First let me back up and tell you a little story. Once upon a time… oh wait, wrong story. This story is a about a student in art school. There was a student from Denmark who came to the U.S. to study illustration on the East Coast. She was passionate about drawing, but had no obvious talent for it. In fact, I used to give her a few pointers now and then, which made me feel like I knew a lot more than I did. Anyway, this person soaked up everything the instructors taught in each class. Although she learned important skills and techniques, her work didn’t sparkle the way it did for some of the more gifted student artists. You see, she may not have been born with natural talent, but she was born with wisdom. She knew she was in art school to learn a particular skill set. And learn she did. In fact, she went on to become very successful. Unfortunately, she moved back to Denmark without repaying me for a couple of the lunches I bought her.
Think this can’t happen to you? It can. But it takes more than just applying yourself diligently. It’s an attitude. It’s the curiosity to explore various resources, which can give you the tools you need to raise your level. These resources come in the forms of art classes, how-to-draw books, friends and mentors, how-to-draw videos, arts clubs and comic conventions.
And Here’s the kicker: in order to improve, be interested in what others are drawing, not jealous.
So, the take away for today is:
“You don’t have to be born talented in order to draw well, because when you draw well, everyone will assume you’re talented.”