Are your dreams so real and convincing you don’t know you’re sleeping?
If you answered “yes” to both of them, that simply means you already have all the skills necessary to draw realistically. You don’t believe me?
Ok, consider this: Who is making up those images when you dream? Well yes, you are! Nobody is plugging a cable to your head and giving you a feed of images to dream about.
Nobody has ever taught you how to dream. You already know how to do this. You actually are so good at creating images that are so convincing, you are even able to fool yourself. If you haven’t realized yet how amazing this is, you still are not aware of how powerful your mind is!
You already know how to draw and paint, you always have.
This is not just philosophy, or something I’m writing only to make you feel good. This is a fact. Still not convinced? Ok, try this for size: Have you ever had a dream about a person you have never met, and had an interaction with them? And all along you did not realize you were dreaming?! Are you starting to see where I’m getting at with this?
Your mind has already the capability to create images that are extremely realistic looking. And not only that, but they move, and there are sounds in a dream, music, smells, textures, you name it. The images in your dream have all the qualities of the images in your waking life. They are shaded, colored, are in 3 dimensions, all realistic looking. If you focus hard enough and remember the light source of any dream you recently had, you will realize how awesome it is that even the light and colors of the dream fit the mood of it!
It’s amazing how much we take for granted our ability to create these entire scenes in our mind, and how we seem to interact with them.
“But I still can’t draw!”, some may say. Yes, but guess what, is not about a skill you don’t have yet. It’s more a matter of a limiting belief you have cherished and nurtured for too long.
Is not that you get better at creating images, but you are more in touch with that part of the mind that creates images all the time.
That really is all that’s going on. You have methods that teach you how to do something step by step, but then suddenly you realize you don’t need those steps anymore. Eventually, drawing becomes very natural, and you use the steps as “stepping stones” while you believe they’re necessary. All methods really just take care of that other part of the mind that feels comfortable with linear methods. While it does that, the doubting part of the mind starts backing off and gives you more and more freedom to express yourself through art.
I have seen art students make a huge jump in their drawing skills once they realize that, and I hope it does the same for you.
So take a deep breath, and accept that all that you are letting go of is the belief that “drawing is difficult” or that “drawing is just something that gifted people can do”. Now, that doesn’t mean that we are going to become Rembrandt’s or Da Vinci’s by tomorrow, because there is another part of us that deals with inspiration and the time it takes to develop a physical skill. But, you will most certainly start surprising yourself with how your drawings improve just with this amazing realization. If you doubt yourself, you won’t see progress. But if you accept the set of skills you were born with, the path is certainly easier.
There is a book I recommend which deals in detail with the part of the brain that has all these amazing skills, and will surely help you improve with your drawing. It describes like no other book I have found the difference it makes between drawing from the left side of your brain, and drawing with the right side of your brain instead. Be sure to check it out here, and make a big leap drawing with their very original and fun exercises.
Hope this has inspired you, because it inspired me once I realized it, and has inspired many others when they do too. Stay awesome and happy drawing!