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6 Harsh Lessons I’ve Learned From Drawing

Tantowi grew up drawing and designing. Now she makes videos for a living and loves every second of it.

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I have loved drawing for a long time now, but I only started sharing my drawings online last year. When I started making an effort to show people some of my art, which is typically how you get feedback on your work (you just can’t hear the constructive criticism in your head), I learned some harsh lessons about what not to do. If you’re an artist looking to improve your skills or someone that wants to start showing off their work online, these six lessons are for you.

Why it's important to draw, even if you think you can't or won't become a good drawer; so you can be a better visual thinker.

Drawing is a skill that can be learned. It's a lot like riding a bicycle, in that you use muscles in combination with your eyes to control movement. As you learn to draw, you'll be able to see the world differently through the eyes of an artist. Not all artists make it to the top - some never make it more than the first few steps in front of an audience - but those who persevere often become acclaimed. One can indeed become a successful cartoonist or illustrator without having ever held a pencil in their hands - however, the ability to draw has a lot to do with training, practice, and perseverance. The top drawers in the world are people who can identify how they'd like to look in a certain situation - either good or bad - and then replicate that appearance in their daily life. Drawing has been proven to improve autodidactic memory, driving skills, creativity, problem-solving skills, adapting to life changes, and much more. You could also learn a lot about yourself - how you see yourself and the world around you - by just practicing drawing frequently.


Drawing is important in the development of my skills. It has helped me to understand (and even like) things that most other people would ignore or take for granted. Drawing helps me see patterns where others see only chaos. It's not a skill that comes naturally for most people; and yet, it's one they can learn. Drawing helps me think outside the box and solve problems analytically, instead of emotionally driven reactions. I want you to be able to draw as widely as you can, not just at the edges of your visual field. That means you should concentrate on areas where you are strong, where you can progress rapidly. You might start simply taking pictures of the things you are interested in and recording how you look at them, but soon you will be able to develop your style.

A skill that can be honed with practice.

It does not seem effortless at first. You may fail many times before getting it right. But practice makes it even easier and you will get better at it. It is one of the most critical skills in a creative career. It is an important skill for life and art. If you want to be good at drawing you have to learn how to draw. Drawing is a skill that can be honed with practice. It does not seem effortless at first. You may fail many times before getting it right. But practice makes it even easier and you will get better at it. It is one of the most critical skills in a creative career.

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It's about starting over, over, over again.

The most important lesson to learn from art is that you don’t start over with a blank canvas. You start over with your assumptions about what art is. What you expect to get out of it, and what you get out of it. This is your starting point. What you draw from there will shape your final result. The best thing about drawing is that you can continuously revise and improve on past work, drawing on new sources of information or inspiration as you go. The best art is never finished; it's always in progress. Even if you are not feeling particularly inspired, keep working on your art. You never know what you might come up with or who may enjoy it. It takes a long time to become good at something, so be patient and kind to yourself.

Drawing is something you have to work hard at, even if it's just for fun!

Of course, drawing is fun. Drawing is an easy way to get your creative juices flowing and can often lead to the creation of a piece of artwork you are proud of. However, many people underestimate the amount of work and skill it takes to become an artist. Drawing requires a great deal of concentration, sometimes great Restlessness, and sometimes just plain Tiredness during the drawing process. Having said that, there are plenty of ways to break free from mundane routines and enjoy creative creation regardless of how tired you are! It comes down to how committed you are. When you enjoy drawing but find yourself frustrated or tired during the process, know that you're not alone.

Don't skip over the hard or boring parts, work through them.

When you’re drawing, there are two parts that you can control: the lines and the shading. You can skip over the easy parts, like shading. Some people think that it’s better to just get started with a sketch and move on to the next step without having to thoughtfully consider elements like shading. I disagree. You should both be thinking about how to create an appealing image and looking for places where you can add interesting color or shading without sacrificing form or meaning. Avoid the “done” stage and always start off with roughs. Drawing is like playing a game of chess where sometimes you need to move your pieces a little faster than others to win.

It's not just about drawing what you see, it's also about seeing what you draw.

So what exactly am I talking about when it comes to drawing? Drawing is less about the pictures and more about how you see them. As I've grown more experienced at drawing, I've noticed there are certain aspects of drawing that you can only see with experience. Eventually, I learned to control my emotions and how my emotions affected my drawings. Drawing has taught me patience, focus, attention to detail, and the ability to see shapes and forms in 3D space. Drawing allows you to see your own emotions in others. It's a way for you to better understand yourself—to see how you react and what your motivations are—and this makes it a valuable life skill.

When I started drawing, my teacher told me it was the best way to learn to read. She used to draw every day, and when she was done, she would give me a book or a piece of paper. I didn’t know what she was talking about at first, but after a few years of doing this, I noticed that she was right. Drawing helped me understood how things work in the real world, and it helped me build a strong conceptual understanding of how things should work.

© 2021 Tantowi Gilang

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