Have you ever heard people saying, ‘Drawing is hard’? Especially those who’ve never given it a try, they’ll quickly tell you it’s just not possible. It’s a humorous story where a man asks if he can climb a big tree. The elders insist it’s impossible, so save your time.
Later, it’s revealed that these people had never even tried climbing a small tree. Their denial came from a fear that this person might succeed and outshine them.
Nowadays, the world is such that it neither progresses itself nor allows others to go.
The art of drawing extends beyond the mere movement of the hand; it encompasses the need for a positive mindset.
Beware of those who surround you with negativity, individuals who have never ventured into the world of drawing, as their influence can be dangerous.
In such an environment, your mind becomes filled with disappointment. The murmurs of “I’m not good at all” start echoing in your mind, and before you know it, the pencil is back in the drawer, and dreams are left incomplete.
But wait, brave companion of art! What if I assure you that experiencing a degree of demoralization in drawing is normal?
Even the most famous artists have struggled with self-doubt and frustration. But their secret to success is not letting it weigh them down.
They keep practicing, experimenting, and learning. This blog is about that: if you diligently follow all the techniques shared here, what seemed like ‘drawing is hard’ will become remarkably easy today.
why drawing is hard for you
In a study conducted by psychologists at a prestigious university, participants from a diverse group were surveyed. This included experienced artists and those with very little or no experience in drawing.
The results revealed a common thread: when it came to drawing, a significant portion of the respondents expressed feelings of disappointment, self-doubt, and anxiety.
Later, the investigation disclosed the three main reasons behind these emotions.
1 – Social Media and Comparison Trap:
Scrolling through social media and witnessing remarkable artwork can be inspiring and daunting.
I’m not suggesting you quit social media, but if you start comparing your early sketches to the breathtaking creations you see, it might make you feel like drawing is not your cup of tea.
Remember, every great artist started somewhere! The artists you admire have honed their skills through countless hours of practice. Celebrate your progress; don’t compare it to someone else’s journey.
2 – Perfectionism Grip:
I remember this incident from my neighbour when they bought their first car but kept it in the garage for the first six months without ever driving it.
It’s not like they had multiple vehicles. One day, I asked them why they always kept their car parked in the garage. They replied, “I’m not good at driving. If I drive it, there might be scratches on the car. I’ll take it out when I become an expert in driving.”
In my mind, I quietly thought, “How will you learn if you don’t take it out?
The desire to do the best and the fear of making mistakes can paralyze creativity. Embrace opportunities to learn and grow whenever they come your way. Let go of the need for perfection and enjoy the chaotic, wonderful creation process.
3 – skip fundamentals
Creating a picture is a lot like constructing a house. Just as a strong foundation is essential before adding fancy details, the same goes for art.
If drawing basic shapes, using a pencil, grasping linework, and shading seem dull, remember that these are the building blocks of your artistic adventure.
Ignoring these basics might cause challenges in the future, resulting in frustration and unstable progress. Embrace the fundamentals—they pave the way for your artistic masterpiece!
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Mastering fundamental skills boosts your confidence, allowing you to experience the joy of creation without feeling overwhelmed.
how to make drawing is hard to easy?
Now, if the notion that “drawing is hard” has taken root in your mind, you might be wondering how to overcome it. Well, let me share the method with you!
1 – Sharpens Your Observation Skills
To make even simple sketches, observing your subject carefully is essential. Starting with basic shapes helps you focus on the main features and proportions, improving your ability to see and capture the essence of what you’re drawing.
Here are some strategies that can help in your drawing.
Begin with basic shapes: Instead of attempting to capture every detail, break down your subject into simple geometric shapes like circles, squares, and triangles.
This makes your drawing much more accessible and enhances your ability to concentrate on overall form and proportions.
Focus on key features: Identify the most crucial parts of your subject and prioritize accurately depicting them, leaving out less critical details.
When someone views your drawing, they don’t scan it for every detail. A viewer’s attention is often centred around specific points in your drawing.
Recognizing and paying particular attention to these focal points can add a magical touch to your drawing, enhancing its overall beauty.
2 – Change your mindset
Like any other skill, drawing is also a skill anyone can learn, like learning to play the guitar, learn a new language, or drive a car, regardless of age or experience.
If you find drawing challenging, take a moment to reflect on the various tasks you effortlessly excel at, tasks that might appear hard to others. Sometimes, sitting alone with your thoughts, you may recall numerous skills where you shine.
The truth is that your mind makes things seem difficult or easy—nothing is inherently hard; our perspective labels it as such.
We all start somewhere, stumble, and make mistakes in our journey. But we can all improve and achieve our goals with practice, dedication, and the right guidance.
History is filled with many examples that teach us that despite struggles and challenges, if you maintain your hard work, enthusiasm, and trust in the right guidance, you can reach the heights of success.
You may know This American artist who began painting at age 78 and became well-known for her lively scenes. Grandma Moses didn’t have prior knowledge of art since childhood and didn’t find herself in an environment that nurtured a great artist.
In reality, at the age of 78, she started drawing because of a simple thought that changed her life.
Starting drawing at such an advanced age and succeeding in it teaches us that whenever you have faith in something and trust your mind, it has the power to become a reality for you.
Vincent Van Gogh:
Despite only selling one painting throughout his lifetime, Van Gogh is now considered one of the greatest artists of all time.
While alive, people didn’t regard him highly, and he often faced criticism. Despite facing criticism, his dedication to his art serves as an inspiration for all of us.
Similarly, you will find many examples of individuals who broke the myth and achieved greatness through practice and determination.
3 – Simplify your technique:
Beginners often feel that the more complex a drawing appears, the more beautiful it will be. However, this perception is beyond reality. In fact, the simpler your drawing is, the more beauty it holds.
For beginners, it’s advisable to incorporate some drawing techniques rather than attempting overly intricate illustrations.
Techniques such as using a grid method can be helpful. You might have heard about it, and I’ll delve into the details in another post. In essence, creating a grid over your reference and then copying it onto your drawing surface makes the process much more manageable.
After copying, shading is usually applied. This technique is commonly embraced by experienced artists, especially when aiming for realistic drawings.
This method helps artists achieve a lifelike quality, particularly in detailed and larger artworks