“The process of drawing is, before all else, the process of putting the visual intelligence into action, the very mechanics of visual thought. Unlike painting and sculpture it is the process by which the artist makes clear to himself, and not to the spectator, what he is doing. It is a soliloquy before it becomes communication.”
~ Michael Ayerton ~
People are always looking for shortcuts and easier ways to do things. Some think that watching a couple of Youtube videos will plummet them forward into a brilliant career in the visual arts. Many of these people are upset they waited so long to do something they love so deeply. Most leap into painting without learning how to draw.
Drawing as Ayerton says is the process by which artists make their subjects understood to themselves. Drawing is where you learn about scale, perspective, shading, creating volume and composition. Very few seem to realize that a lack of drawing skill is very apparent in the paintings they create.
Malcolm Gladwell states in his book “Outliers” that it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill. Therefore working full time on drawing for a period of 5 years will not only allow you to master drawing but also assist you in mastering other visual art forms as well.
One of my mentors suggested that I carry a sketchbook with me at all times. “You’ll never know when you’ll need one” he would often say. It is something that every serious artist needs to put into practice.