It was early in my senior year in 1994 that I took my first art class. Instead of painting, the one thing that my art teacher had us focus on was drawing and I realized that after years of studying drafting in high school, I had to essentially re-learn how to draw because I had been working the left side of my brain for so long that it was difficult to use the right side of my brain (the creative side ) once again.
What’s sad about this is that most children start out drawing creatively and at the age of 17-18, I had to literally go back to that creative spark that I had as a kid and reconnect with it if I was going to successfully start drawing as an artist.
After a few hours of letting go of the mindset that it takes to be successful in drafting, I started flourishing in my drawing and I never looked back. It was like having the creative child inside me brought back to life and the result was creating wonderful drawings that I never thought possible.
Why Most Artists Need To Draw More
In today’s world many artists are more focused on what they are able to do with their iPad’s and programs on their computers instead of actually taking the time to draw for real like artists have always done.
Drawing is something that every artist should be doing more of because it’s literally the “foundation” of art since it helps us to capture the concepts and perspectives that we’re searching for in our artwork before we start painting or working in the mediums that we use to create our work.
Even though computers and digital art are important, nothing in my opinion can substitute actually picking up a pencil then taking the time to draw.
Practiced By Great Artists For Centuries
Great artists like Georges Braque created dozens of drawings of the concepts or subjects that they wanted to paint before actually applying any paint to the canvas.
What’s interesting is that the drawings that artists like Braque did before actually painting often are more valuable than their paintings themselves because those drawings give us a peek into the artists creative process and show us that those artists were real people who had to work hard to produce a painting based on the creative vision that they had.
I personally love to draw as much as possible because, spending time with my sketch book is kind of like my “laboratory” where I can experiment, screw up, erase, and come up with ideas for paintings that I would like to work on or just to capture something in the moment that inspired me.
How about you? Are you a fan of drawing? Feel free to leave me a comment below.