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What's holding you back from learning to draw?
September 23, 2019

What is holding you back from learning to draw?

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Do you get stuck chasing perfection?

One of my favourite stories in Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland is that of the college professor who divided his ceramics class into two groups. Group A were told they would be graded on the number of pots they produced at the end of the term. The more they produced the higher the grade. They were told not to worry about how good the pots were in terms of quality. Group B were told they only had to produce one pot and that would be graded therefore, they had to try and make it as perfect as possible.

At the end of the term when they reviewed the work of the two groups, the group producing the highest quality work was Group A – the ones who were churning them out without worrying about perfection.

We can get very stuck on aiming for perfection – this moves into a judging, critical frame of mind which is counterproductive in terms of developing the skill of drawing.
So whether you are someone who is just starting out or have been drawing a while remember these 3 things:

1. The more you draw the better you will get (I can't stress this one enough!)
2. Let go of wanting a particular outcome – it’s the process of drawing that is important rather than the drawing itself and by letting go of outcome you will relax and therefore see and draw better.
3. Most people focus too much on all the things they don't like about their drawing. I'd encourage you to reflect on a finished drawing and notice what you might do differently next time but for every negative point you raise match it with one positive to get a balanced view of your work.

Remember you can practice looking even when you don’t have a pencil in your hand. See what is actually there rather than what you think is there. Try it and see.


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