Can you learn to draw as an adult?
Drawing is a skill, but talent can make it easier to improve that skill. Someone who is called “naturally talented” in drawing generally just has better visual/spatial intelligence than other people. That means he or she is inherently good at grasping things visually, measuring distances, observing colours and more. This inherent ability is useful, but nobody gets born being able to draw picture-perfect artworks with correct proportions, perspective and beautiful colours. Drawing is still a skill that can be learned and improved. Talent makes it easier to improve that skill, but anyone can do it with enough time and dedication.
What does an adult need to learn to draw?
First, you need to learn how to properly relate to the result of your work. An adult, unlike a child, critically assesses the result of work, immediately sees the flaws. At first, when the skill is not there yet, they become discouraged and sometimes want to give up.
This problem can be solved as follows:
- Training must begin with the simplest tasks. The main thing that a beginner needs to draw is to form the basic skills. These skills can be formed only by performing simple tasks, when the emphasis is not on performing the actual task, but on mastering the technique of drawing and painting.. Therefore, only those tasks are given that are within the powers of the beginning artist.
- Phased training involves the transition to new, more complex tasks only when the student is ready to perform them. In the old school, this rule was observed very strictly. The student was transferred to the next class after passing the exam, regardless of age.
- Thirdly, you should decide on what to learn to draw? For yourself, for success in the related profession, to become an artist or something else? How much time are you willing to devote? If the time that a person can devote to drawing is very limited, then it is better to narrow the circle of tasks. For example, I only learn to draw in pencil. This is the cheapest medium and its versatility is without question. It is also easily accessible, and paper is cheap and available.
- It is important here to access quality instruction. Search out artists whose drawing is above ordinary, not just persons who are certified, but are qualified in the field and are willing and able to teach, demonstrate and guide with patience. Be willing to pay for the training.
- It seems to many that drawing is easy, but this is very far from the truth. Drawing is hard work and requires much practice and attention. Maybe there really are those who can easily learn. But I think that creativity is, first of all, work.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can learn drawing and painting at any age. Of course, it’s easier to learn anything at a young age, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Research has shown that motivation is a key factor in our ability to learn new things even at an old age. On the one hand, your mind maybe isn’t as sharp as it once was anymore. But on the other hand, things like discipline and work ethic might actually be much better than when you were younger. It all depends on your drive and your perseverance.
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