Draw Like A Six Year Old
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How can people, almost universally, switch from thinking drawing is fun and exciting, from doodling without reservations or inhibitions, to being convinced that they “can’t draw” or being afraid of even trying? This seemed insane to me, watching a room full of six-year-olds doodle their little hearts out.
I suppose the most likely answer is that people become self-conscious. Everyone becomes more aware and critical of themselves and their abilities as they grow up. Everyone experiences self-doubt. Even great artists can be filled with self-doubt.
What’s the worst thing that can possibly happen when you make a bad drawing? The worst thing that can possibly happen is that everybody dies.
WAIT, NO. Nobody dies! Nobody will die if you draw something and it looks like crap. The police won’t come and say “jeez, that’s a pretty terrible drawing of a dinosaur with a rocket launcher attached to it’s head, I’m afraid we’re going to have to drag you off to art jail.” Nothing bad happens when you make a bad drawing. The absolute worst thing that happens is that you learn something. You grow a little bit. You get better at drawing.
Written by Phil McAndrew