Learning To Draw, Kids Have An Unfair Advantage

My dad taught me to program when I was ten. For the first fifteen years or so, I was probably terrible at it. But I didn’t know! I made and sold my first computer games when I was 14. I thoroughly enjoyed figuring out how others had done things. Programming was fun.

I learned more professional approaches only later when it became my job, and I learned from the people around me. But I was tremendously fast, and I had a lot of experience under my belt because I had seen and tried many things for fun.

Many artists working in comics started drawing when they were young. They might copy a Spiderman drawing from a comic, or they may have drawn comic pages themselves. And it probably wasn’t good yet. But they didn’t see that, didn’t notice it, and thoroughly enjoyed the process.

As adults, we see all the mistakes in our work. And it demotivates us.

Tom Fox mentions it in one of his online courses, too: don’t fret about mistakes in drawings. They are just drawings. You’ll make another one. As I wrote, you should go for quantity over quality , and quality will follow.

Children have it easier. But we can be like that, too! See my article on the one bad habit we have to unlearn.

Have fun in your sketchbook, and don’t fret about the mistakes.

My Favorite Drawing Exercises

If you feel like drawing, then check out my favorite drawing exercises!

Do these exercises

form studies to warm up, slow down, get into the right meditative state, and improve your draftsmanship skills.

Do these form studies

form studies to help you improve creating underdrawings, place things in space, practice doing perspective by sight.

Practice drawing from memory to fill your visual bank, ability to memorize, ability to visualize, ability to draw what you see in your imagination and your ability to see what is wrong with your drawings.

If you find it hard to create or maintain a creative habit, you can find some habit-related tips here.

Check out these pleasing, calm, art-related (mostly) podcasts to listen to while drawing. They have been automatically prepared for you to automatically binge-listen to so that you can start drawing.

Lastly, also make sure you have fun in your sketchbook after the hard practice! Here is one guide that can help you jog your creativity.

creativity exercise

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