On this page we will discuss the following statements.
I don't want to draw, I just want to paint and create.
and
I can't draw, I can only draw stick men 

I don't want to draw, I just want to paint and create.

Well if you believe this can be done, you are only partly right.  If you can drive a car without a chassis, it can be true.  And you CAN paint without drawing, but with drawing you plan your composition - you check for problems and you realize possibilities.  

The first question to you is WHY don't you want to draw.  Probable answers will be:

I think it is too hard to draw - answer - It is not; it IS something you can learn.

I think it is unnecessary to draw - answer - You MUST be a genius.

I only want to paint - answer - And forsake yourself from development?

There is no enjoyment in drawing - answer -Then there is no enjoyment in any art making.

My previous teacher traced, projected or drew for me - answer - Who is lazy and scared?


Certain art forms like land art, video art, performance art and forms of contemporary art has long been criticised for not having to own a foundation in drawing.  I must admit I agree in part: you do not need drawing for these forms of art if you have a huge talent for social and cerebral interpretation and excellent execution skills.  But we are talking about drawing, painting and sculpture.  Many students have come through these doors claiming to be able to draw, or claiming it is unnecessary, and when they see the other student's work, they suddenly start realizing the mere MAGNITUDE and the POSSIBILITIES of drawing.  Most people think drawing is a laborious and painstaking method of suffering through working out proportions.  And they are correct - mostly because no one ever showed them HOW TO DRAW.  Most institutions expect you to draw - and if you can't they present you with a grid method that makes your drawing look like a maths schoolbook.  Being an art enthusiast means you absorb all forms of art!

I once had a student who had huge talent - the kind that cannot be taught, but can be refined and inspired.  His forte was drawing, and he really enjoyed it, but, he didn't like being told he was good at drawing, and his classmate's compliments fell on deaf ears.  Something else was driving him, and I know what it is - it is that incredible euphoric-like pleasure that you get once you 'get' drawing - the freedom of drawing spontaneously and without fear.  It didn't matter what I put in front of him, he embarked on each project with equal zeal which brings me to another point of contention and that is the one of WHAT one is drawing: if the love of drawing is so intense, then you don't care what you are drawing  - even if it is just doodling from your minds' impressions or memory, or having a live model - it all involves the same pleasurable birth and execution and magic.  The 'I don't like' dissapears.  The much more productive and glorious 'I want more' becomes operative and Voila!! A star is made.  If I can encourage 'THAT', the ability to enjoy being good, it would start with drawing.


I still don't want to draw - you can click here.

 Well here is the truth - it is not too easy to draw, it IS something you need to learn.  And you do not have to be brilliant at it - but at least you need to be able to correctly draw a fruit as shown below.  We can show you how - and these are done without a grid.

  The difference is Who is teaching you to draw and how?  You need:  

  1. A methodical system, a step by step program will help tremendously - and the system must be successfull.
  2. Some students have a certain flair with distancing and shading capabilities.  but all students need to be loosened up once the bases are covered. 
  3. Why would you want someone else to draw for you - you are missing all the fun.
  4. There is NOTHING better than to be able to sit anywhere with your sketchbook and be ABLE to draw anything you want!!  Here are a few examples of my sketchbook:

As you can see from above drawing is horrid, unimaginative, unnecessary - it should never have been done - all the bad things I've heard about drawing in all their severe forms and statements have stopped many people to realize their full potential.   

My question is: How can a teacher NOT teach you to draw?

For drawing you need to be taught 4 steps:

  1. Correct observational skills
  2. Proportional skills
  3. Tonal skills
  4. X factor - incorporating contrasts, highlights and adding experience



If you insist that drawing is not necessary, we will still be able to offer you a course.  Click here for information on our ALL IN ONE course, or click here for our Beginner Painting Course or click here for a Designer Course.
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