Through this post, I would like to show you some of my drawing works I have done in the past. I am still a student of art and I’m always learning from my mistakes and striving to overcome various challenges that it throws upon me.
I have always believed that drawing is an extremely powerful skill to possess. To be able to draw and reproduce something that you think about is not as easy as it may seem. But at the same time, I do not believe that this skill is something you are born with and cannot acquire.
It has never made sense to me as to why people have this misconception. I believe that everyone has these skills within them. If you think about it, one of the first things that we do as a kid is… draw. Its always drawing. Before we learn to read or write.. we draw..! As that is the most natural way for us, even as kids, to communicate what we think and feel. Our hands are tools which have a direct line to what our mind is thinking even when it is developing and trying to make us understand what the concept of talking and reading is.
Ofcourse somewhere along the way, the human mind starts wandering as we start growing up and discovering and absorbing a lot more things that are around us and we start to undergo a process of ‘limitation’ where we start to forget certain things. Drawing being one of these.
Ofcourse, there are some really brilliant and gifted drawing artists out there. I will not take any credit away from them but for someone like me, who has never been a skilled drawing artist, its always been a tough task to draw, its just one of those things that sometimes you never realise until quite a few years later and then you feel stuck. You want to draw something your brain is telling you to but your hands just can’t seem to follow clearly.
Its a tough position to be in. An interesting fact that i had once read was that we use only 7% of our brain power. Imagine what we could do if we could use maybe 90%! That would be something extraordinary now, wouldn’t it? Therefore it all comes down to training. As that is what we do when we can’t do something. If you are willing to try and try and try and work harder on your drawings, one day you realise “Wow, I can draw”.
I think a really motivating method to learn to draw is through portrait drawings. No doubt it is very different from character sketching or maybe even perspective drawing as that requires a higher level of understanding of forms and proportions but starting with portrait drawings gave me an extremely strong foundation for drawing by making me understand the value of patience and the look-out for details.
I think for someone who is looking to get a good understanding of basic drawing skills, starting with portrait drawings would be the way to go and if you have a someone really skilled and experienced to guide you through the process, like i did, even better..!