“Drawing Changes Lives”
- makes you see better, makes you pay attention to the world
- makes the connection between the right and left side of your brain
- brings peace, like a moment of meditation and mindfulness
- it helps you when you’re stuck in a stressful moment
- it’s a universal language you can use everywhere with anybody
- makes you express yourself, connect with your inner artist and boost your creativity
- helps you to collect personal experiences
- helps you to make changes and discoveries
- helps you to reflect on yourself and your life
- and so much more…
When we draw, we take an opportunity to slow down, and to appreciate how the visual world works. By developing this skill we gain a deeper understanding of our surroundings and learn a truly universal language. A drawing can communicate an idea more effectively than words.
Drawing connects us with the right part of our brain and liberates our creativity. Are you stuck in life? Or stuck in your creative process? How about making some drawings?
You think you can’t draw and you’ll never be able to learn to draw? That you just don’t have that drawing skill? NooooOOoooo! Everybody can draw! Stop thinking about drawing as “Art” and learn to “draw like you write”. Everybody has his own handwriting. Discover your “handdrawing”.
Everybody was drawing as a kid. And one day we stopped and forgot about it. Mostly it was in our teenage years… due to undiplomatic schoolteachers who told us our drawing “s****”, or just because we lost interest in it?
Or maybe you do draw, but are frustrated with the results because you think others draw better then you and are more creative then you? Then it means you are paralyzed by your “monkeys” : the monkeys of perfectionism, telling me I’m not good enough, that this is not good “Art”, I will make a fool of myself… Lack of confidence…. All of these monkeys take away the joy of drawing and painting.
We get inhibited around drawing at a certain age: – maybe seven, or thirteen – we come to the conclusion that we can’t draw. Our anxiety stems mostly from our educational system. We judge our achievements by some external, and actually irrelevant, standard. We grow up and glance at art materials; we like the weight of a particular pencil; we are charmed by the heavier texture of the paper. But often we lack the courage to start again and let ourselves draw like we were children. There’s such a lot of anxiety around failure. The act of drawing – if you are like this – is in itself a therapeutic move. It is a demonstration that fears and monkeys can be tamed that we are allowed to have fun and play around.
When you say you can’t draw it’s just an illusion! It has more to do with beliefs, then with ability and talent! Talent has nothing to do with it.
It’s not that you will one day draw like Michelangelo, but just “draw”! All you need is an open mind and have a go at it! Grab a piece of paper and a pencil.
In fact we can all draw!
Lower your standards. Focus on the essence of the object you want to draw. Don’t expect yourself to become Leonardo Da Vinci …
Drawing is a universal language. See it like writing. Don’t see it as Art with a big A. Draw like you were a child.
How many other beliefs and limiting thoughts do we carry around every day?
So tell me: “When it comes to drawing and creativity my biggest frustration is…”
My biggest frustrations are perspective and making myself leave the details out to just get the shapes and big picture. It’s also hard for me to slow down & take them time to figure out proportions when I draw.
Thank you for your comment, Carla!
Perspective ! yes… that’s a difficult one!…
I struggle with that as well, even as an architect… I used to become really furious to myself each time I noticed my perspective was wrong, or windows were missing in a building! AAARGH I gave myself really a hard time…
But actually now I don’t care anymore and I’m happy about that, because it used to make my drawing really stressful and no fun at all.
What I try now is looking at buildings or sceneries like a “bunch” of abstract lines and shapes and darks and lights. And I stopped measuring, and start drawing more intuitively. When I see a tilted line, I imagine a clock, and I try to look “at which time” is the line, and draw that. (like for example a tilted roof at 11 o’clock). Do you know what I mean? Difficult to explain it in just a comment… Do you think it would be interesting to make a blogpost about it?
Or it’s more like something for a video…?
Interesting. I will appreciate a blogpost about your solution for a correct (quasi) perspective. But maybe a video is better. Thanks from Mario.
Thank you for your comment!
I will make some video’s soon on my sketching trip to Japan.
Like your work and very helpful comments on the art of drawing and it’s perils
Thank you very much Suzann !!!
I actually found this more enetatrining than James Joyce.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom! I often get frustrated when I have an image in my head of something glorious, try to put it on paper, and then fail to bring it to life in like I see it in my mind.