I truly believe anyone can learn to draw. Here’s why…
Anybody can learn to draw, it’s true!
I almost get slightly offended when people dismiss artist accomplishment as simply a natural talent, just something that some lucky person was born with. Notice I said “almost”. Wait a minute here! All of the folks that I have ever met, who the general population would consider “talented” in art, have worked extremely hard at their discipline and have done so for a long time. Yes, it is absolutely true that some people possess natural abilities for drawing or painting…or dance, or math, or what ever. That’s in fact my point as you will read in a moment.
As a child grows and develops they start to realize their talents. The way I am using the word “talent” here is in a way to describe some natural ability that someone possesses. In realizing their talents a person is most likely going to nurture them. Let’s face it, most people like being winners. If you find you are good at something you are probably going to get satisfaction out of doing that activity and do it more often, which promotes more growth in your talented area. This merely spreads the gap between the disciplines in which we are very good at doing and the disciplines we don’t exactly excel at. This is certainly not to say you couldn’t change directions and focus your time and energy into another discipline entirely. You learned math, why not art. “I can’t” you say. -your still not getting it- read on…
If you could not learn anything about the skills it takes to be an artist how are you living life right now? To get you where you are, required learning. Simply reading this webpage took knowledge, knowledge you were not born with but now possess. You somehow learned to sit in a chair, turn on a computer and navigate to this website. Art is no different. If may be a little more of an elusive subject than math or physics, but the more I have studied math and physics the more I see the art within those subjects and the more I have studied art, the more math and physics I have seen in it.
Ultimately it really comes down to your own free will. It undoubtedly will be easier to choose the path that you natural born talents want to blaze for you, but you could go against this instinct and choose to immerse yourself in other fields. In doing so one might find themselves at a disadvantage to start, but keep at it and they will create their own force to be reckoned with! Many successful people with “game-changing” ideas usual come from different fields other than the ones they become known for. So accountants, physician’s assistants, real estate professionals…go make some art.