|Studies of Heads and Hands
by Hans Holbein the Younger,
We all know that a strong foundation in drawing can make a significant difference in all levels of art making. “When in doubt, go back to your drawing” is the advice I’ve heard from professors, studio instructors, and professional painters alike. What underlies this adage is the understanding that learning to draw is both essential and within anyone’s capabilities. I’ve found in my own creative process that I often forget that although anyone can learn to draw, it won’t always come quickly—or easily. Drawing well takes time and effort, but the payoff is well worth it.
I recently read a blog post by animator-cartoonist Ben Thompson, whose blog at NoRightsProductions.com is one I follow, and his words really resonated with me. He writes, “Drawing is by and large a skill. Some people may have a knack for it naturally but anybody can learn and improve over time. Too easily we dismiss the ability to draw well as some magical God-given power that only the lucky ones get. Mystifying drawing like that is a discredit to the hard work artists put into making their art better. If you were a doctor would you rather have somebody say you’re talented for being able to perform surgery or would you rather have them recognize the years you spent in med school?”
Thompson, who produces web comics and graphic novels as well, goes on to make really great points about the fact that an artist needs to always continue to grow, and part of doing so requires that we step outside of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves instead of just making works that we do well or easily.
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