"You're a great artist, but I have no artistic ability"
If I had $1 for every time I hear this, I would be living in the Maldives right now sipping a cosmo while monkeys give me a mani-pedi. And every time I want to lovingly shake the person and say "Darling NO!! That's not true!"
So the time has come to write a post about it.
If you want to start drawing and you're not sure how, here are my 5 steps to get you going. Buckle up, buttercup:
Throw away the idea that "other people are creative and you're not"
This likely comes from your schooling; that time in our lives when we start categorising ourselves compared to the kids around us (I could write a whole post just about this).
If I were a surgeon and cut you open, would I find a creative bone in there? Or a 'good-at-drawing-muscle'? No, my love. I wouldn't. You got all you need.
Write a list of all the things you love and are interested in
Personally I'm passionate about food and everyday objects - things I can see and touch (I'm not so into abstract art). Much about drawing is following your insatiable curiosity for a certain subject - that's how artists can keep creating and creating.
What are you curious about? What gets your heart racing? What could you talk about all day? Write a list. Draw those things.
Find real-life drawing references
It wasn't only until a couple of years ago that I started drawing again (I stopped creating after high school as there were no assignments left to do). At the start I felt really clunky and like I had no idea what I was doing. I would sit for hours at my desk, drawing something and then erasing it.
I was so hard on myself for not creating something that, in my mind, looked 'good' or worthy of showing others.
What helped ease me back into drawing was finding everyday objects and copying them. Picking some quinces from mum's tree and painting them. I still do this now. Once you've done the same object a couple of times, it creates the confidence to do it again without needing a reference.
Create your own art projects
Drawing is like driving or any other skill; the more you practice it, the more confident you feel. Something that's helped me immensely is doing #The100DayProject, where I've painted every day for 100 days (and currently doing it for the third time).
You could create any project; drawing every day on the train to work, Sunday painting sessions, buying a big canvas and painting it for your bedroom wall. Whatever takes your fancy. Invent a project that gives you a goal to work towards, where to have to keep at it until it's finished. And once it's finished, start something new.
The confidence doesn't come straight away, which is why you should...
Be kind to yourself
This is the most important point of all. You don't have to show anyone what you make - it can be your own secret exploration.
Remember that 'something that looks good' is all up to personal interpretation, it's not fixed in reality (it's just like how some people find a certain type of person attractive whilst others don't. Doesn't mean that person is or isn't).
So let go and make stuff, sweet one. Let me know how you go.
P.S. Got a friend that needs some sweet words of creative encouragement? Please pass this along x