I love Jane and Rafael’s story so much. Truly one of the best tv couples I have ever seen. Their story is about destiny, fantasy, extraordinary and undeniable chemistry, passion but it is also a beautiful story about true and unbreakable friendship, forgiveness and acceptance. It is a story about love! It is a story about their journeys.
Do you think you were a “decent” artist even when little/young ? Or do you believe even if we are not good at it when young, when can get better with time? I’ve always struggled with ‘deciding’ if we can force ourselves to be good st something. I know people have to work hard to reach a certain level, but I also think that if you’re not born with it, it would be really difficult to succeed in something like that?
Hi anon ^^
Do you think you were a “decent” artist even when little/young ?
LOL. No. I was as good as a 8 year old can be. I was a fan of manga and I did the best I could to draw my favorite characters. This post will give you an idea of my skills at the time: terrible anatomy and style copied on 1980′s anime (there’s nothing wrong with 80′s anime, I still watch City Hunter and Magical Girls but the way I drew these characters was horrific ^^;;)
Or do you believe even if we are not good at it when young, when can get better with time?
OF COURSE! Thank god! Drawing is a skill, you learn it, like your learn to repair a car or create a website but as drawing, like music, is an art with a capital A, it has this particular “aura” and a lot of people think it’s something special for a few naturally gifted individuals. Balls! This vision is encouraged by TV or even literature: movies and books rarely show artists practicing on a daily basis but much more waiting in front of a blank page for their “muse” to visit them. That’s not how it works…Also, movies and books are always about people with an extraordinary destiny like Mozart or Camille Claudel so when you are the average Joe (or Jane) who loves manga, comics or even classic painters and who just want to “draw stuff” and be happy, you have the impression you will never be a “real” artist because being a “real” artist is unreachable.
Are SOME people, rare people, gonna be natural at it and be more gifted when it comes to know instinctively how to choose colors or how to draw perspective? Yes, absolutely. It’s the same thing when it comes to music, some people have what is called “absolute ear” but does it mean that you can’t learn piano and will never be good at it if you don’t have absolute ear? Absolutely not!! You just have to find the right method and be patient. Some people learn better with books, some with video tutorials, some with a teacher. Also, it doesn’t mean that if someone has “this little something” for art they won’t have to work hard and that you will never be able to be as good as them one day. The common point of every artists, gifted or not, is working on a daily basis (or every time you can), being patient and not giving up. Motivation and passion are the key.
Yes, you always have exceptions like Mozart or Leonardo, super naturally gifted from day one. It’s not even a “little something” at this point, it’s a “BIG something” but the guys were so exceptional that we are still talking about them century after. Worship them, love them but don’t compare yourself to them, it doesn’t make any sense.
Anyway, when it comes to you and I, average people who just like to draw, the only way is to learn, follow tutorials, practice and…cry a lot. You also have to take into account that everybody will progress at a different pace and will be gifted for different things. Maybe you’ll be great at watercolor and suck at oil painting. Maybe you’ll be natural with color and won’t understand perspective before a big amount of time. No one can tell!
TLDR: 1) SOME people are naturally gifted but they are an exception 2) These people still have to work their asses off to succeed 3) Drawing, like music, is a SKILL that you CAN learn 4) You will suffer 5) But in the end it’s a lot of fun.