Updated: Mar 17, 2020
by Agnese Aljēna
I think life without drawing is very unfulfilling.
Drawing is my meditation, my internal dialogue, my quality time with myself. Also it has changed how I see the word, how we travel, how I think. It has brought me a lot of amazing friends and led to deeper research triggered by what I am drawing. These are new doors I open every day.
Yes, I am happy.
I am happy to draw.
And yes, you can draw too.
Most people at some point in their lives make a decision “I can’t draw”. I was one of them. I changed this and I am sure anyone can do the same and enjoy the miracle of walking with drawing tools in your bag every day.
Every child is an artist. In the beginning we enjoy the miracle of a dripping brush, then appearing line on white paper, later we love to see different colors mixing and then we use it as our main communication tool.
First of all, this is because our speech develops slower than other basic skills and it is easier for children to draw than tell. When we start reading, our language outgrows visual communication skills and that is the moment when most of us decide not to draw any more. Usually it is around primary school age.
The other reason is that as kids we draw in symbols. We try to simplify the world to the level that is easy to draw to match our small motor skills. So, we find the simplest possible way to draw something. Just enough to deliver the message to people around. At the age of 7 or 8 we start to evaluate ourselves (surprise surprise, we got into the school). And we compare our drawings with those in the books or even worse in museums. Of course, there is a huge difference. And that also “helps” to make a decision that drawing is not for me.
Maybe somebody said something about our drawings or maybe we got some bad grade in the art lesson. And voila. “I can’t draw” switch is on.
Fortunately it is really like a switch that we can turn on or off. If we decide not to draw then we live in a reality, where drawing requires some special talent. The truth is the following. Some people just didn’t stop drawing as kids. Good news is - even if you stopped drawing, you can catch-up in relatively short time.
If you need some more arguments – here is one more. Before inventing photo cameras, every educated person could draw. Doctors, engineers, scientists, architects had to visualize their ideas or achievements. They didn’t have cameras, they all were drawing. All universities had drawing lessons in their curriculum. Then people invented cameras, started making photos of their discoveries or creations and we all commonly decided that drawing is something beyond simple skill. That we have to be born with a special drawing talent. Nice common excuse not to do something, right?
My mantra in drawing journey is "I am learning". This gives freedom to play and try out new things without pressure of being professional. So, if you have a dream to draw, just allow yourself to do it. You can draw. Yes.