Learn How to Draw and Improve Your Drawing Skills
Even if you’re living on a pension like some of my students, you have only limited time and energy for your drawing hobby. And if you are creating art as a profession then time and energy may be even more limited and valuable to you! And so you may be asking yourself: what should I focus on when drawing? You could work on improving your strengths or you could invest time in getting rid of your weaknesses.
Quite a difficult decision.
It’s important to spend some thoughts on the decision into what to invest your time and energy.
On the one hand, you could focus on your strengths. Let’s say for example you are great in drawing smooth and realistic looking shadings. So you could invest more of your efforts in further improving these skills. Some more time and energy will bring your skill-level from “great” to “more than great”.
On the other hand, you could put your energy into fixing your weaknesses. Let’s assume you need a lot of more practice in depicting proportions and perspective more exactly. With some effort, you could move your skill in this area to at least average levels.
But wait! If you only focus on removing your weaknesses, you’ll invest a lot of time to turn these weaknesses into only average skills. In the end, that means you’ll end up with all but average skills, the result is mediocrity.
You see there are advantages and disadvantages to both options, be it building on your strengths or compensating your weaknesses.
Many artists will tell you: forget the weaknesses and concentrate on your strengths. That’s great advice but as you’ll see only half the truth.
So what should you do?
First, it’s important you know your weaknesses and you need to know how much your weaknesses affect your overall results. An example: When doing a lot of pencil drawings, below average skills in proportions and perspective will hinder you much more than nonexistent skills in the use of colors. In fact, these skills are absolutely useless as long as you stay with drawing black and white pencil drawings.
And that’s the important point: only ignore these weaknesses that don’t affect your projects and artwork. But invest a fair share of your time and energy into those weaknesses that keep you from better results and achievements. Work on fixing these weaknesses – and only these!
So you’ll have a lot of time and energy left to work on improving your strengths even further. And that’s what you should do, too. If you follow this strategy you’ll get the best results possible for your time and effort.
One last addition: these tips may sound a bit like that efficiency stuff taught in management courses. And yes it’s very similar. But it’s not aiming for squeezing the last drop of creativity out of you and your time! It’s only about doing the right things that help you develop your drawing skills most.
And of course please don’t forget the fun part of the drawing. So if you want to try and practice new techniques because it’s fun then just do it! (and don’t think about whether it will help you or not …)