Why can’t I draw? You Can Draw! — 7 Comments

  1. I learned math because someone taught me. I learned tennis and martial arts because someone taught me. I was not left to guess at things until I got something right. I do not know how to draw because no one will teach me. They say draw what you see and think like an artist. Duh
    If I could do that I could draw but I don’t know to do those things and I guess they can’t be taught.

    • The difference is that there is tons of material out there you can learn from practically on your own.
      Martial arts and tennis require someone to be with you to learn form and posture as well as improve coordination and accuracy. Art you learn that more from trial and error. However having a teacher would obviously help you improve faster.
      With drawing you can learn a principle and apply it more or less on your own and get feedback after.
      If no one will help you, maybe you are looking in the wrong places.
      There are tons of communities online to post to and get feedback.
      I am self taught, but that doesn’t mean no one helped me out with constructive cristisisms and advice.

      • Oh and I should add here, I am not a natural artist. Half of my battle learning to draw was getting past the fact I thought I was bad at drawing. This whole you have to have the “artists way of thinking” before you can draw, is frankly rubbish.
        no one comes out the womb knowing how to draw. The difference is that those that do, simply don’t worry they can’t.

          • Why stop now? You just need to get someone to coach you if you are worried. The drawings I see there have style. 🙂

        • And another question. Realistic expectations. I would like to learn to draw realistic animals at some point. Eagles and Falcons mainly. Here is a wolf of the quality and realistic style that I am imagining.

          This is probably 10 years away or so.

          I have a job and a wife and a son and a yard to mow and edge, etc. so I will *not* be spending 9 hours a day drawing. I was thinking that if I spend 3 hours each week drawing that translates to 150 hours per year. I was hoping in 18 months (450 hours) to be able to draw generally as far as line, shape, proportions, perspective and larger details. Maybe like the more realistic drawings on this page.

          And then spend the next 18 months learning to put in more detail and learning how to shade properly so that I can create more realistic drawings. (450 to 500 hours total.)

          Then buy the books on bird anatomy for artists and how to draw feathers, etc. and spend 5 years learning to draw Eagles and Falcons. So in seven to ten years maybe get to the point where I can draw something like this

          My main problem in this 10 year marathon is covering the first 100 yards. I haven’t had my first light bulb moment yet. (See my website with my Drawing on the Right Side exercises.)

          So, is this realistic? And how do I get off the starting line and cover the first 100 yards? Doing the Drawing on the Right Side exercises 3 hours a week for a year and half hasn’t done it for me.

          I am 55 years old, so if this is going to take 30 or 40 years I will forget about it and go do something else. 🙂

          Thank You,

          David Addy

          • My advice? Stop looking at the whole 100 yards. You have less than a yard in front of you right now, for your next drawing. So concentrate on getting that first line down, then the next and so on. 🙂

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