Do you have a talent for drawing?
Do I need talent to learn to draw?
Especially at the beginning, when I was just starting to draw, I kept asking myself whether I might not have enough talent to learn to draw.
Perseverance, discipline, motivation and self-confidence are therefore more important than talent, as they enable extensive practice to be carried out regularly and over a long period of time.
A budding artist shouldn't be unsettled by his apparent lack of talent.
Of course, talent helps in learning the signs. With the right amount of practice, however, it is only a matter of time before you learn to draw.
In the following I want to report on my experiences and address a few things that I consider more important than talent in retrospect.
Talent, can you eat that?
What actually is talent and can you measure it? Here is the very clear answer: No. Wikipedia writes the following about talent:
Aptitude or talent is an aspect that contributes to a person's particular ability to perform in a certain area.
In contrast to the knowledge that has been learned and skills acquired through practice, talent is a person's special ability to make progress comparatively quickly in the relevant field and to be able to achieve an above-average level of performance.
That sounds complicated at first, but simply means nothing else than: If you make faster progress in one area than others, you have talent.
This is a very “vague” definition and often depends on the point of view of the observer.
As you can see, the definition of talent says nothing about the ability to learn certain things. In fact, there are artists who have struggled with far greater problems than a lack of talent.
Nothing works without talent!
That is simply wrong. Most things can be learned with practice, and drawing is one of those things.
The Polish artist Mariusz Konrad Kedzierski, for example, was born without full arms and despite all the difficulties he managed to realize his dream and learn to draw. You can see some of his works here.
If he can do it without arms, then you should be able to do it with two fully functional hands, shouldn't you?
Still not convinced? Then let's take a look at the things that are more important than talent.
In all things that you start on your own, the first thing you will find is “why?” Why do you want to learn to draw? What drives you
You should be clear about why you want to learn to draw. Once you have a reason, he can help you find new motivation in times of frustration.
It is this reason that will drive you to practice more than others and to sit down in front of your paper over and over again.
It enables you to learn at the same pace as someone who has a lot of “talent”.
Positive thinking has been shown to have a major impact on our ability to achieve certain goals. Trust that you will be able to learn to draw and don't be afraid of making mistakes.
If you don't make mistakes, you won't learn anything. Mistakes are good. They show us where we need to improve and enable us to "grow".
Of course, your first drawings won't look like a master's and they will stay that way for a long time.
Don't let that unsettle you. With the right amount of practice, the quality of your drawings will change too.
Can you hold on
Learning to draw takes time. You should be aware of this. In addition to the basic requirements, such as hand-eye coordination, there are numerous topics (e.g. spatial signs, light and shadow) that you have to learn not only on paper, but also in theory.
The training of hand-eye coordination in particular requires one thing above all: a lot of practice.
Only one thing helps: draw, draw and draw again. You will spend hours in front of the paper and often the results will not satisfy you.
The theory of drawing is as diverse as the world itself (after all, we can draw everything there is in the world), and especially with new topics, the amount of information can be overwhelming.
If you have learned the theory of a certain topic, you have to implement the many different sub-points in your drawing. Most of the time, you can only practice a few things in a drawing.
As a result, you will also make several drawings here before you have internalized an aspect of a certain topic. (often more than 1000 drawings)
You can only do the high drawing workload if you sit down at your desk regularly (preferably daily) and draw. Do you have the discipline to practice the same thing over and over until you master it?
Drawing is a skill that can be improved throughout your life. If you have reached a certain level of drawing, you will inevitably notice the differences in your skills to artists of the next higher level.
Then the ambition sets in again and you want to improve yourself and eliminate these differences.
Are you willing to invest more than others?
So you think you have no talent Then you just have to invest more time to compensate for this fact. You have to be ready for this if you want to achieve your goal in the foreseeable future.
Of course everyone has a different idea of what it means to be able to draw, or to have learned to draw, but someone who has “talent” will have it easier and achieve this goal faster.
Set the right goals
In my opinion, setting the right goals is just as important as having the necessary discipline to achieve them.
Setting the wrong goals can easily lead you to give up your dream of drawing. But what are the "right" goals and what are the "wrong" ones?
I would like to explain this using an example:
Imagine you have set yourself a goal to draw like Kim Jung Gi. You practice regularly, but after a year you find that there is still a difference between your and his works like day and night.
You start to doubt yourself, ask yourself questions like: “Can I even manage this? It takes so long, does that even make sense? "
You are overwhelmed by the task that has to be overcome in order to achieve your goal.
This leads to the fact that you neglect the practice and ultimately stop with the sign altogether.
If you had set your goal instead of drawing for an hour a day, or making twenty sketches a week, you would have been able to easily measure the achievement of that goal.
This can have a positive effect on your motivation and stamina, and can make it easier for you to achieve your goal in the long run.
Don't forget the most important things!
The most important thing in drawing is to have fun. You should never forget that. With all the drawings you make specifically to practice a certain aspect, it's easy to forget.
Most of them have fun with creativity and creating something that makes them draw regularly.
Of course you will draw things that you would never draw outside of an exercise and that is important, but you should also let your creativity run free and let off steam on a regular basis.
Should you one day sit in front of your paper and find that you have to force yourself to practice, then you should take the time and spend a few days just drawing what you want.
This can help you to overcome phases with little motivation and helps you to stay on the ball, or on paper and pen, in the long term.
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