So, you want to draw like a professional, right?
But it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get your drawings to look like what you want them to.
You start drawing, then freak out inside because you make a mistake, and that mistake turns into another, and you just get so frustrated after a while that you just throw it out and angrily decide, “I’m just not meant to be an artist!”
Discouraged, you put the drawing supplies away and don’t even think about drawing again till weeks later.
You think, Obviously, I just don’t have the talent so what’s the point of even trying?
What’s the problem here? Are you actually lacking in talent or is something else the problem?
The truth is, there are no shortcuts to drawing well.
The reason you aren’t improving is because you’re not investing enough time in drawing! It’s really that simple.
When we expect to be able to produce amazing pieces of art without having put in much time to learn and develop our abilities, we will be disappointed every time.
Drawing is a skill that is acquired with lots and lots and lots of practice.
So here’s one thing you need to do to ensure that you’ll one day be able to draw just like the artists you admire so much:
Draw something every single day.
I know, that’s a pretty disappointing tip.
You’d probably like to hear me tell you something you could do to instantly improve your drawings, but the fact is that all the artists you admire so much did not get that way overnight. Most of them spent years and years working hours per day perfecting their skill.
So make a point to take a sketch pad with you everywhere you go.
When you’re waiting to be served food in a restaurant, sketch the condiments, the lights, and the chairs.
When you’re sitting in the park, draw the trees, the grass, a tiny flower you found on the ground, a leaf, and the clouds.
When you’re sitting at home, draw what you see in front of you; the entertainment center, your shoes in the corner, your legs, whatever you see.
You get the picture.
Most importantly, DO NOT HAVE EXPECTATIONS FOR THESE SKETCHES.
Think of them as doodles.
Draw freely and for the fun of it.
You’d be amazed at how quickly your drawings will improve when you spend every day using the pencils and developing your skill with the pencil.
I challenge you to spend the next month with a drawing pad- it could even be a small one that fits in your pocket or purse- drawing something every day. Even if it’s just a quick 5 minute doodle, just do it! You’ll be so glad you did!
I would love to see you take me up on this challenge. If this has motivated you to try the 30 day doodle challenge, and you did it, be sure to write me a comment telling me how it helped you and what you learned from it. Also, I would love to see your doodles!