Have you ever wished that you could draw, but thought you didn’t have the “talent” to do it? Its that kind of thinking that’s holding you back in life. Do you think da Vinci just picked up a pencil and drew a masterpiece? Not likely. Drawing, as with anything in life takes practice. LOTS of practice. If you picked up a pencil right now, and drew something, yeah it would probably suck. But if you stick with it, and draw for even just 5 minutes a day, everyday, you will improve. It’s a known fact. Do anything consistently and you will naturally improve upon it.
I’ve known this little fact for many years. And yet, even myself, I would see other artists’ drawings and say “Oh I wish I could draw like that!”. But I was too lazy to practice religiously. Whenever I did draw, I couldn’t get it just right, it was like a disappointment to me. So I quit. But here I am, in my early 30’s, wishing that I had the ambition years ago to keep up with my drawings.
SO, I’m starting today. (Or to be correct, yesterday.)
In my new handmade sketchbook I made. Yup, because I can. But really because I couldn’t wait for a trip to the store to buy a book before I started sketching. I needed to start right then and there when I had the urge to do it!
This drawing that I did yesterday was inspired by the talented Alisa Burke. It was fun to do something all in one color.
I did the below drawing/painting today. Last night when I was putting my four year old to bed, we read a book called “A Shell For Seahorse” and I just loved the images in the book. It inspired this page.
Starting this new habit of drawing everyday will be hard. But, with continued determination and ambition, it will help me to draw the way I feel I should be drawing, the way I see it in my head. You could do it too. If you wish you could draw, then draw. Start today, and continue everyday. If you want to do anything in life well, you need to push yourself to work on it continuously. And when you feel discouraged, watch this video again.
What have you always wished you could do (or do better)? What’s stopping you? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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