Today’s Starbucks doodle.
You can buy it, you know.
One of the few things that can sometimes irk me about drawing is the assumption that I’m in some way lucky to be able to draw- like it was some sort of magical gift from a passing wizard on the day that I was born or something. Here’s the thing: I couldn’t always draw- any more than your dentist always knew the correct way to pull your teeth out- or Garry Kasparov had the moves to be a chess grandmaster from the word go.
Drawing is a skill, just like any other- and it can be learned. Some people pick it up more quickly than others- and some people get really, really good at it (these are the people that usually spend a lot of time practicing), but there’s no big secret that we’re keeping from you- you just have to practice. If you want to learn to draw (or you just want to get better at it) there is no substitute for practice. The more you draw, the better you’ll get. That’s it.
I recently heard that some artist or other had claimed that the reverse of this is true- and that you can either draw, or you can’t- that no amount of practice will ever help you.
I’ve got to tell you, I found that pretty amazing. Almost as amazing as this guy:
Now tell me he didn’t learn to draw.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t learn to do something that you want to do- because that will only be true if you decide to listen to them and stop trying.