You once wanted to learn drawing, but life has thrown your passion onto the backseat. Now what? Did you fit in? Sparing an hour won’t make you selfish. Does it?
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp
In this fast-moving life, what seems easy to neglect is “our self” and we often give in our happiness to meet the expectations. Years later, we start thinking that it’s too late to start drawing all over again but what we don’t think is the thought that made KFC owner a billionaire, beginning his business at the age of 62. Don’t worry we’re not going to sell chickens rather gathering the courage to pick up the pencil and start right where we left off. Rabbit or a turtle, all we need is to keep moving without sleeping again. It’s a learnable skill that anyone with a clear mind towards their goal can acquire.
Mindset You Need For Drawing:
The learning process goes hand in hand with a persistent mindset. Drawing is a learnable skill that can be honed with just a minimum effort on your end. Remember, it’s all about the journey and appreciating small victories along the way. Someone you admired back then is the one who decided to move their toes a little earlier than you and not because they were born artists. Perfection should never be a goal. Just view each pencil stroke as a step towards improvement. Be realistic.
Master Drawing Fast:
Consistency is the secret of learning anything fast and not just drawing. Remember, even if you’re a rabbit or a turtle, depends on you, you’re still destined to reach your winning point if you just don’t stop moving forward and let your fingers rot. We are born learners but drawing is the skill we are all born with. You just need to hone it. No one can squat 500 times on their first day of training, similarly, you should aim for a realistic goal of just an hour a day dedicated to learn drawing again. Fast learning is not about speed it’s just about enjoying each stroke toward improvement.
The Importance Of “Me Time”:
Life responsibilities and expectations are always the main driving forces that throw our real passion into the backseat. You’ve spent a long time living up to the other’s expectations and it’s fine because we all do that but sparing an hour won’t make you selfish. We work tirelessly for others neglecting ourselves just to be neglected by others as well. A little “me time” and some pencil strokes will do wonders and it would be a great investment in your mental health giving yourself some time to rekindle the joy of drawing.
Returning To The Basics:
You probably learned the basics of drawing a long time ago but then something happened that put a full stop and interrupted your artistic journey. Now that you’ve made up your mind again, it’s time to move to the basics again and refresh those memories. Grab a long-forgotten poor pencil from your drawer and put it to its real use. At this point, you don’t need anything fancy. Just a 2B pencil and a 70GSM paper will do the trick. Draw straight lines, or circles, or even capture the mood you’re in right now. By drawing these little guys, you’re taking an oath that there is no turning back now.
Rekindling The Joy:
The initial spark that drew you to the realm of drawing may have dimmed over time, but it’s never too late to reignite this dying flame. Drawing basic shapes like straight lines, circles, and triangles may seem boring or childish, but you need to rebuild your base over your past ruins. You might be rolling your eyes right now, but you might as well slide your pencil tip on the paper instead. Don’t hold back. Now is the time. Refresh your skills with basics and release some pressure off your mind. Let loose. Stretch your fingers and just move your hands on the paper and see what silly things you make. Explore.
Setting Realistic Targets:
Realistic targets are the key to long-term success. With small targets, you can have a sense of achievement, and you’ll know that you are going somewhere. Dedicating just an hour to your drawing sessions will be plenty for now. Be gentle and patient with yourself and take it easy. Perfection will never be our target; rather, small victories and progress. Each time you hit your target, your motivation level also shifts to the next level, and you’ll never be overwhelmed by the prospect of learning to draw again.
The Gradual Progress:
Learning to draw is all about a journey, and if you aim for perfection, you’ll probably never reach it. Nobody could. Grab the pencil, start making some art, and acknowledge the small improvements each day. This could be anything, mastering a new technique or making an image on paper. Just remember your only competitor is your past self.
By doing that you’ll feel your old mindset is coming back. You’ll have a personality that you’ve lost in the race of life. Your mental health will be improved. You’ll have something to pat your shoulder for, each day. Drawing is your passion and you’ll make it a part of your life. Now watch the wonders.