Anyone Can Learn Basic Drawing
I know what you are thinking, if you aren’t an artistic person naturally, you are thinking that no one can teach you how to draw. However, I can tell you that anyone who can see can improve their basic drawing skills. I’m not talking about necessarily becoming the next DaVinci, but rather becoming what I’d call, “drawing literate”.
Drawing is a Skill
Drawing is a skill. It can be learned and practiced. Artistic expression is more innate, natural, more something that just flows from within. Think of this way, unless there is a severe disability, every person in school can learn basic writing skills, but not everyone is going to be the next novelist. The fact that you don’t have the ability or desire to write the next great novel isn’t reason for you to not learn the basics of written language.
Drawing is Communication
I see drawing the same way, you might not have it in you to be the next great artist, but that isn’t reason to not even learn the basics of visual communication. I call it communication because drawing, pictures, basic figures, all of these things can be great tools to communicate with others. The first written languages were series of pictures that told a story, and while we are not longer dependent on pictures alone, being able to sketch a basic idea can still really help to get information across. Think of drawing a basic map for someone to find a place you are telling them about, sketching what you want a finished project to look like before starting, sketching out an illustration of your child’s math word problem, or playing Pictionary! There have been many times when I’m trying to explain something to someone and feel they would understand better if drew them a picture, think about recounting a traffic accident, wouldn’t you probably sketch out the road and cars and use arrows to show what happened?
There are Many Resources to Learn Drawing
I can think of countless books that one can learn from, from the very basic “Drawing Textbook”, to the more in depth “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, or one of my favorites, “Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy“. But books aren’t the only sources, the internet has free information, full courses, and videos.
One video series that a beginner might find helpful is “Learn to Draw” by SchaeferArt. His first video starts at the very beginning, with materials, and covers the very start of sketching and shading, later videos get more in depth on specifics of shading and form.
So for today’s “Friday Feature” I am featuring the first in his Learn to Draw video series.