There IS such a thing as a drawing that is wrong!
Oh no! But, wait . . . that’s not what they’ve been telling me. There is no such thing as a bad drawing. This is not encouraging at all.
Actually, it is most encouraging. As you will soon see.
All of you spend time in art circles online, read art publications, attend workshops, etc. If you are not deaf and blind, you have heard ALL the efforts to encourage people to lose their fears and create art. You hear them ALL the time, in fact.
This is very well-intentioned because making art is a joy, and once you are making art, you want to share the joy. Get everybody onboard.
But there are some major, widely accepted roadblocks in the way:
Most people will tell you they cannot draw – even straight lines and stick people. Or they just weren’t born with the “gift” or the “talent” and gave up a long time ago.
Most people will tell you they have this monster inside who always criticizes their attempts to make art. How many times do you think you have heard the term “Inner Critic”? Entire careers are built on the discussion of this demon.
Most people will tell you that their second grade teacher told them their drawing was bad and they could never get the courage to try again.
Interestingly, most people will NOT tell you they aren’t interested in drawing.
Therefore, because so many people are at least mildly interested in creating something, and most people are stopped by the roadblocks listed above, a whole movement has sprung up to help people get over these roadblocks.
The offered solutions are usually based on denial that the roadblocks are real.
There are no rules, so don’t worry.
No such thing as right or wrong.
Don’t use an eraser – just live with the mistakes (because there’s no such thing as mistakes, remember?)
Just start, just do it, just scribble, just throw paint.
You don’t have to know anything.
Just tell that Inner Critic to go bother somebody else.
These are all heart-driven solutions intended to get you over the hump and into the fold of confident art makers.
The only problem is – they don’t work.
Denial rarely works. If something is there, it’s there.
Did you ever find yourself in some emotional meltdown, and your loved one or support person tells you:
Just STOP feeling that way
Just get over it
Chill out and scale back the drama
You’re getting upset about nothing
“But I FEEL this way,” you wail. “I CAN’T just stop!”
It does no good to decide there are no rules about art, there is no wrong way to do art, etc. because you FEEL this is not true.
And you are right.
There ARE certain simple rules that are necessary to make a pleasing drawing. Inherently, you know this IS true.
You know because you are probably the first person to not like something you have drawn, and worse, if you are not trained at all, you don’t know what is wrong or why you don’t like it, or how you could make it more likable.
You just have to live with it – and that might keep you from making another drawing soon – or ever.
But, how would it be for people to tell you that there ARE a few foundational rules that are very easy to learn, and if you practice them, you will make many more drawings you like and fewer you don’t. And when you don’t like a drawing, you will know why and how to fix it so you do like it.
Wouldn’t that be better? It would.
So, I’m going to tell you that right now. Because it’s true.
Is there any such thing as a drawing that’s “wrong”? There is.
Not the kind of “wrong” that means you did a bad thing, but the kind of
“wrong” that simply means “not right”.
Who makes those rules about what’s right or wrong?
The human eye does. And it’s all about survival.
To Be Continued