The 3 reasons why you can’t draw

1. What if I told you, you talk too much
Talking and drawing don’t mix.

The main problems associated with drawing is when you talk you engage your logical, language dominated left side of the brain. This side of your brain is keen on knowing an objects name, labelling it, and organizing it.

Often when learning to draw, you need to temporarily hold off judgment and try not to second guess what you think the object should look like, rather than what the object actually looks like.

When you are trying to learn to draw something realistically, you have to engage your right hand side of the brain, which is keener on images and spatial perception.
It’s very hard to do both at the same time.

2. You have a harsh inner critic
You can learn to draw, you just might not believe it and this is often the first stumbling block to attaining a new skill.

Drawing is as much a mental game as an observational game.
Sure, you need a basic level of skill to hold a pencil and make a mark but not as much as you may think. It’s about the same level of skill as signing your name, or throwing and catching a ball.

However, your subconscious mind is extremely powerful and it can play havoc with your best efforts when learning this new skill.

You see, your subconscious is already telling you this can’t be true.

3. You label the object too much
Isn’t this correct?

You should be looking and labelling the object, you should be really concentrate on it, that is what you have to do, right?

Well yes and no.

When I’m drawing a bottle, I don’t draw the bottle.

I draw the shapes around the bottle and then the bottle is drawn for me.

Let me explain some more.

All edges in drawing are shared edges, you cannot draw a line without it sharing two edges.

Imagine drawing the bottom of a boat, one straight horizontal line.

That line now shares an edge with the bottom of the boat and the water.
One line, two edges.

That boat you were having trouble with, is just a series of lines and shapes.

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