The secrete to drawing skillfully
Have you always admired talented people? Does what they do seem like magic or pure talent?
I always admired people who could draw better than me. It felt like I will never attain their skills and that they either used better tools than me or had some secret technique that I don’t know about. Well, they do have better tools and they do have secrete techniques. I will share that with you today.
The first of the secrets I will reveal is the “secret techniques”: PRACTICE
The definition of practice is when you do something on a regular basis as part of your normal behavior.
Let us break that down and see how it correlates to art and drawing in particular. When you do something on a regular basis it will eventually become part of your normal behavior, meaning that when you start doing something new it might feel awkward and unnatural. Then after many repetitions and learning how to master this new habit, it will start becoming easier to do and feel as a natural part of your everyday life.
Learning a skill like drawing follows the same rules. I find that the biggest hurdle to start learning is the fear of failure. We fear failure so much that we dare not even start. But we need to ask ourselves why we fear small failures, because if you keep doing something the law of logic dictates that you will become better at it.
My advice is to start drawing for yourself. Do not show your first attempts to anyone, but keep them. These first attempts will be your reference point from where you started. Focus on one thing and keep drawing it until you have mastered that specific thing that gave you such hassles. When I struggle drawing things like hands, I dedicate a specific time to draw just that for a while until I feel confident drawing hands. We tend to go for the easy things and that is good to build confidence, but at some point, you must tackle the hard stuff too. And this requires dedication and lots of practice.
The second secret is about tools: ANY TOOL WILL DO
There are some fabulous tools out there for the artist. Some are really great, but most are just gimmicks. The best tool for starting as an artist is any tool that does the job. When I was a little boy, I used to draw on the concrete outside our home with rocks. These were the med-soft red type of rocks and made beautiful marks on the concrete. It was totally free and my parents were very relaxed about my scratching outside. Besides, the rain washed my masterpieces away. The point I am trying to make is that there is no tool that will make you a master artist. Real artists can and will make art with any tool they can get their hands on. Good ones or bad ones, it doesn’t matter, as long as art can flow from your hands and heart, the tool doesn’t matter.
That said, it is better to buy the best tools and materials you can afford. I’ve made art with some very expensive art supplies and with dirt-cheap ones too. Sometimes the more expensive tools made life easier, but in the end, my art is what it is due to my skills and practice and not my tools.
In conclusion, the best tool for becoming a better artist is practice and practice until you have mastered one aspect. Then you move forward to the next challenge and master that one before you move on to the next and the next. While you do this always remind yourself why you do it. For me, it is the satisfaction of seeing my skills grow from mishaps to masterpieces.
Have fun and keep having fun while practicing. And remember that talents are honed through dedicated practice.