Hate drawing? Chances are, you are probably overthinking it


Are you one of those students that always complains whenever your teacher gives you an assignment that involves drawing?  Most students have the idea that they “can’t draw.” It may not seem like it, and everything that you attempt to draw is not going to be perfect.  Because they are telling themselves this, it is what they have grown to believe.  Truth is, they can draw.  As an artist myself, I have a good experience with drawing.  It is not a difficult thing to do at all.  I think that students tend to overthink the task.  When it comes to drawing, you just have to relax and put your mind to it.  Try to think of an idea or plan of whatever it is you want to illustrate, and if you need a general idea, you can always look up something.  When you are actually ready to put your pencil to the paper, it is very important to be gentle.  I often see students who bare down entirely too hard, which results in very dark lines that are going to be hard to erase.  I highly encourage students to lightly stroke the paper.  Whenever I draw something, a question that I get asked quite frequently is “How do you get  your lines so perfect?”  There is nothing fancy that I do to be honest.  All I do is sketch.  Sketching is a rough or unfinished drawing or painting, often made to assist in making a more finished picture.  It is basically an outline to help you get to your final thought or idea, it is not meant to be a complete picture.  If you can still see pencil marks after you get done adding color to your drawing, this tip is for you.  This will result in a more presentable image.  The artistic abilities run in my family, so these types of things kind of come to me naturally. This does not mean that you can not do it though.  What I am trying to say is that anyone can make art, but remember that it does take time.  It is not going to happen automatically.