hi kisu - was there a time in your life where you couldn't draw anything good? and did it ever just weigh you down like you could never do anything right? because i'm feeling that right now and honestly it feels like shit. also, i wanted to ask if you think that drawing and creating art is purely born into people or can be learned? like, are some people just born with the ability to draw, or do you think that anybody can pick up a pencil and create, they just have to be suPER patient/work hard?
Walt Stanchfield once said “ “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out, the better.”
All artists have bad days and all artists make mistake now and then. Drawing is a constant work of learning, practicing and getting better. No illustrator will ever reach the level where they know everything and don’t need to try anymore.
Don’t see your mistakes as failures but as what they really are: a process of you getting better.
Noticing something is wrong is the first step because it means you have gathered enough knowledge to know it should be done differently => you’ll then learn how to fix it with time and practice => you won’t make the mistake anymore because you know how to avoid/correct it.
Mistakes are essential to your progress. I can’t repeat this enough.
It’s normal to feel down or frustrated over not getting things right at the first try. What’s important is for you to be patient with yourself and to acknowledge that it will take time, effort and many tries.
And to answer your second question: I do think some people learn more easily than others.
We all have a special talent and there are artists who will process things that will take you months/years to understand. It’s just because we are all different and our strenght don’t all lie in the same field. Observe their works and see what you can learn from their works (their process, their colors, their design, etc…)
Also, if drawing is something people were born with then I either had to practice for years to be where I am today or I made a sacrifice to Satan to do it right overnight
(spoiler alert: it’s the first one)