There are no shortcuts in art

I have met people over the years who are looking to immediately excel in drawing. Some of those I have met have spent endless hours watching Youtube videos hoping to discover a drawing shortcut that will plummet them forward and make them shine.  Many of these people get very upset that they waited so long to do something they love so deeply.  I have also seen many leap into colour and painting without first learning how to draw.

There are no shortcuts in learning how to draw or paint. Learning how to draw just takes time.

What is drawing really about?

Drawing as Ayerton says below, 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. Many fail to realize that a lack of drawing skill is very apparent in the paintings they create.

Mastering a skill

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. You will be good long before your 5 years are up, but you actually need to put in the time.

Carry a sketchbook

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.

Quote of the day

“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 ~

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Title: Annie’s Dream
Size: 11.69 x 16.53 inches
Medium: Mixed media on paper

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