Learning to draw is supposed to be difficult
When I was growing up I always thought that you needed natural artistic ability to be able to draw, so I never even tried. Years later I wanted to start a business so ended up needing someone to design a logo for me. At the time I lived in a small town and couldn’t find anybody to do it for me. Out of frustration I drew my own logo. It wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination, but it somehow ignited a spark in me – I wanted to be able to draw. Just like something sparked in you at some point. I then set out to learn the secrets of the masters. Moving from one drawing course to the next. If I was lucky to get a good instructor I got a little bit better. More often than not though the tutors just let you do your own thing – you had to find the “artist inside” yourself.
Suddenly it was like a light was switched on
Then one day as I was sitting at the dining room table struggling with a drawing it suddenly struck me. I finally knew what the problem was. I knew why I wasn’t getting any better. I was drawing, but I didn’t understand what I was drawing. From that point on I spent all my time trying to understand what I was doing. No more monkey see, monkey do drawings for me.