Anyone can learn how to draw whether they are talented or not!

This is a well-worn cliche if I have ever heard one! “Anyone can learn how to draw” That part is true but, “whether they are talented or not!” has nothing to do with it. Talent or our perception and appreciation of it is so contextual and subjective that it has no value to mention it.

Learning to draw is fundamental to being an artist, just as learning to drive is to the motor racing driver. That talent or a lack of it might be judged before one starts is absurd.

Yes, everyone can learn to draw! The question is, what is good drawing or talented drawing?

The novice, wanting to improve their drawing skills needs to expose themselves to the art discourse that is handed down from generation to generation in art schools. Drawing skills can never be improved without this exposure.

Self taught artists rarely reach the heights of their talents because they never get their hands on the vital art critique that going to art school exposes the art student to.

That talent is some mysterious, other worldly thing to which only a few blessed artists can aspire is a misunderstanding.

The best drawing, drawings that appear “talented” results from an understanding some basic principles. Drawings need to be; expressive, bold, gestural, dynamic, full of contrast, contrast in line depth, line variety and innovative. Poor drawings, ones that seem “talentless” are tight, flat, lacking movement and contrast, and hesitant.

Work on correcting the above in your drawings and seek out only the best artists to see how they use these principles to their advantage, and your drawings will start to look “talented”.

The bottom line is, “talented” drawing results from hard work and not innate talent. The best artists understand before the act and their art will express these basic principles, and that is what all novice artists need to learn to do exactly the same!

Author: Robin Williams

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Williams studied fine art painting in the early 80s. He has been a professional artist since working both as a portrait artist and children's book illustrator. He considers himself an abstract surrealist, searching for a tension between the real world and the abstract world which invariably results in surrealism of some nature. His work attempts to capture a transient magic and not a static place in time.