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Your Heart and your Drawing

I had a more elderly 'Figure Drawing' professor several years ago. There’s something about the older fellows that seems more fluent and natural. It can be hell for students who watch as he draws these beautiful figures before our eyes and say things like “oh, it just comes natural.” or “put your heart into it, and it’ll show in the quality of your work.”

As students, we’re always asking for the secret or magic formula…assuming there is one. We obsess over measurements and anatomy, how do you draw a nose? How many heads tall should a human be? I still bang mine against the wall when my work isn’t turning out well, asking “why can’t I draw today?”

I can only assume this wiser man had already figured it out for himself, sharing the words that we may only understand after a lifetime. “Put your heart into it, and it’ll show in the quality of your work.”

It’s as if we are given the key to a keyhole we have yet to find.

I think about all these frustrating times when I could not create, and I recall being so uninspired. Perhaps what I was working on had little meaning to me, or I found myself preoccupied with other things in my life. My heart wasn't in the work I was doing, and it showed. When you're on a project, drawing somebody else's idea or somebody else's characters can wear you down after awhile.

So why do I always seem to be questioning the things I do? Why do I have to care? I've realized that it's the force behind any good drawing I've ever made. I’ve realized it is stimulating for me, and it keeps my heart firmly within my work so that I may never stray from my reasons for living. Art is my job, my career, my philosophy, my life. It is an endless journey of expression, the sharing of ideas, the telling of stories, and the creation of living characters. When I’m away from it for too long, I lose any life I have.

Now if only I could go back to my professor and see if I’m even remotely close to finding this key hole. But, strangely, I feel it’s not for him or anyone else to decide.  

*End sappy reflection*

Cheers friends,


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Added: 6 years, 5 months ago
6 years, 5 months ago
The cheesy part of me says:
All keyholes can be unlocked with a keyblade, find this and gates to many other worlds awaits.

The real part of me says:
You never stop growing, learning, and changing. Half the adventure in life is finding that key, the other half, is what you do when you open the door.
6 years, 5 months ago
Love of drawing - the love to create and share this creation with others.
Talent aside, skill cultivated by practice will see someone able to draw
as your instructor did, as naturally as taking a breath.

But the why - or heart of drawing - the desire to express something
is a love we all share here. I could leave the fandom tomorrow -
but I wouldn't be able to quit drawing.  People who have the will
and the "heart" (so to speak) to express themselves this way
well that is the art, the craft, the vocation we follow.

Don't question why you must draw or create beautiful things
from nothing. Just have fun with it and you'll never worry
about "why" again.

6 years, 5 months ago
I feel for this, my passion has been dead for so long.

Hoping some school time in a workshop with a prof will give me some flint for the old fire, getting the annoying generals out of the way first~
6 years, 5 months ago
*can't favorite journal entry*
I like what I've read here.
I haven't been to art classes, so I've never heard anything of the like, nor saw an art teacher do something like that. But I found reading this interesting.
And I do agree.
Cheers to you and your art. May you as way find happiness with it~
6 years, 5 months ago
It's an invisible door with an invisible lock and an invisible key.
Keep trying. :)
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