“I can’t draw”.
I’ve heard those 3 little words uttered so many times. Perhaps they’ve slipped out of your mouth too.
It’s a common misconception that drawing is an innate gift some lucky folk are born with, and for the rest of us, we’ll never know how to draw accurately or achieve the drawing results we hope for.
Another widely held belief is that you need to learn how to draw before you can progress onto painting.
If you’ve felt held back by either of these thoughts, there are 2 truths you should know:
- Anybody can learn how to draw accurately (including you)
- Drawing skills are NOT a prerequisite to painting – you can learn one skill without the other
So if you just want to paint, because that’s the part you get most excited by, it’s perfectly acceptable to make your drawings by tracing from photographs. Even the Old Masters used similar methods to achieve accurate drawings, so if it was good enough for them, then it’s absolutely good enough for us.
Once we free ourselves from those unhelpful (and untrue) thoughts, drawing can become a hugely fun and rewarding practice.
What’s more, it can be a great tool for helping us to gain a deeper understanding of any subject we’re observing.
In the video below, I discuss the power of drawing with world-leading Nature Journaling educator John Muir Laws.
We also talk about what happens in our brain when we’re drawing, and a very common mistake people make when they learn how to draw. In fact, I think it’s the MAIN mistake which circles us back to thinking we can’t draw:
I hope this has inspired you to get drawing so you can experience the benefits of this enjoyable artistic practice.
If you’re new to drawing and would like help with how to draw step by step, check out this Realistic Mushroom Drawing mini class where we’ll practice our observation and tonal drawing skills. I’ll be sharing more help and realistic drawing techniques for beginners in future posts.
To help my members develop confidence in their drawing skills, I’ve released some drawing courses in my online school. They offer a structured approach and are a great place to start for beginners wanting step by step help with drawing.
If you’re still developing your observation skills, have a go at this fun exercise that will help you to draw what you see and avoid the common drawing mistake lots of people make.
I’d really love to know if you’ve enjoyed this mini class. Have you felt held back by your drawing skills? Are you feeling inspired to draw now? What resonated most with you? Please let me know by leaving a comment below.