I hold firm to a belief that anyone can draw, write, or any other such creative skill. It's a matter of two points that speed us along or hinder us.
1. Where we start. How much 'natural' talent we have.
2. How dedicated we are to a cause? How much time, blood, sweat, tears, or whatever other analogy you want to make... However much effort you are willing to put into it.
We all have a natural talent for certain things. Our brains are simply wired that way. We notice things, we analyze, we adapt, we absorb. We do it without ever thinking about it consciously, and that is the start of natural talent.
One can override it into a semi-concious process. It's quite simple and I've been doing it since second grade. It's the only reason I can draw at all. I draw better now with my off hand than when I first dedicated myself to self-educating back then due to a lack of willing instructors.
Back to task. How does one learn to draw, or improve? You do it. You go about it a certain way. You find where you are lacking, and you obsess about it. You set a time frame, one, two, three weeks or months... And you focus strongly on that. If you want to draw a face better, you look where you are the farthest behind. If your eyes look wrong, you find pictures of eyes and you draw, draw, draw and re-draw. You set a time limit on each drawing as well just so you keep moving. Thirty seconds, one minute, five minutes... You pick a span of time and that's how long you get. *DING* Next picture! No exceptions!
If you have trouble with hands, look at the base form. Simple shapes. Find pictures of hands, draw just the form. Over, and over, and over, and over... Improvement from the ground up can make you feel like you're beating your head against a wall sometimes. That feeling is unimportant. You focus and go. You work through it until you get whatever goal you set for yourself. You meet that deadline.
Taking that explanation further, you set a goal. "I want to draw X, Y or Z better."
You analyze that goal and break it into parts. "X has four parts I see, so I'll break it down into Xa, Xb, Xc and Xd... and I'll set this much time for each."
You do it! This is how you train your brain and hand to work things out on the many different levels. You can gain a deeper understanding of anatomy this way. You can learn how muscles roll over each other. You can learn how a building looks using different perspectives and constructions styles. You can learn how foreshortening works. You just have to put in the effort.
Closing on this, take time every day. I say thirty minutes, at least. If you say you don't have the time, you are lying. If you play a game or watch TV, then you have the time. If you persist in that argument, look at point #2 up above. If you really want to do it, then you'll eventually find it relaxing if only because it becomes part of your routine. Routines are relaxing. Make your routine include what you claim you want to do or learn.
If you can't do that, then you aren't as dedicated as you might have first thought in your desire. We can be slowed by the world if we truly want something, but very rarely can we ever truly be stopped.
5 years, 9 months ago
13 Jul 2013 22:35 CEST