Learn How to Draw Part 2 (of 6) - How to Keep Motivation and Overcome Fear

What's the biggest challenge most beginning artists face? They are afraid to make mistakes! Even experienced artists often struggle with their own insecurity. Finally these feelings are the reason for most artist's blocks - be it conscious or subconscious.
You experience the same problems? No need to worry, this main obstacle to your drawing success can be overcome.

When Learning to Draw - think about yourself

Relax And Learn to Draw Well, to be honest it is not that easy. The first step is to relax and make yourself clear, there is no need to be afraid of failure! You don't have to prove anything to anyone. Your drawings are for you as long as you don't want to show them to others. Before you read on, take some minutes and think about this!

Ok, what are your conclusions? Perhaps you recognized, that you are most afraid to fail before yourself? For this problem I will show you a recipe later.

Drawing Failures You can Avoid

The next important thing to do, when starting your drawing endeavors is to reduce your risk of failure. Just follow these two important steps:

  1. 1.    Choose easy subjects! I know it is tempting to start drawing complicated subjects - a portrait of a beloved person or nice sceneries you have seen recently. But this will inadvertly lead into failure unless you are a natural genius. Your drawing skills need time and practice to develop. So start with simple subjects. Copy other drawings, photos or simple still lives. Prefer subjects that consist of straight lines over complicated curved shapes.

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  1. 2.    Choose easy techniques for your drawings! Don't use colored pencils right from the start. Don't aim for creating photo-realistic drawings right from the beginning. Start small, first try to capture only outlines and proportions of your subject. Concentrate on the simplest parts and leave all the shading, texturing etc. for later.

Make Constant Progress in Learning Drawing

Third you must make sure you make constant and regularly progress. Two tips how to achieve this:
  1. 1.    Drawing a few minutes each day help more than only drawing through the whole weekend. I myself struggle to follow this advise much too often, but I learned it the hard way how necessary constant practicing. So try to find a few minutes every day for drawing.Get a Sketchbook for your Drawings
  2. 2.    Don't be afraid to repeat drawings! Something went wrong? The best reason to start over again and to repeat this drawing. But don't overdo until you are bored by drawing. Instead try to find a new approach each time you are drawing the same subject. Try different interpretations, different angles, different light conditions etc.

Silence the Drawing Critic Within You

And now the most important tip. Your fear of failure is most probably to a large extend the fear to fail before yourself. So you need to silence the critic every one has within oneself.
Well actually it is very difficult to silence this critic completely. So use this trick: Drawing Critic

Every time you want to start to criticize yourself, every time you feel your critic trying to spring into action, tell him: "Later!". Store the drawing in away and have a look at it a few months later. What happens then? When you take your drawing again and begin to criticize, it is some months old. Usually you'll see it isn't as bad as you thought. And if it was not that perfect, it cannot hit your self-confidence. When you followed these tips, you know: during the last months you have improved that much you don't need to worry about mistakes you made months ago!

Learn Drawing Faster

Silencing your critic works best if you can really make sure your progress is regular and continually. Besides the tips I told you can additionally boost your progress by getting a some good exercise books or practices on DVD.
But this is another chapter.

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behzad   |:
every point made touches a sensitive spot!! as you say, not easy but there is no
short cut either. keeping all what you say in mind i will try drawing daily
even if for few minutes. thanks again.
behzad   |:
every point made touches a sensitive spot!! as you say, not easy but there is no
short cut either. keeping all what you say in mind i will try drawing daily
even if for few minutes. thanks again.
A  - Motavation for drawing   |:
I really appreciate this advice I love to draw but sometimes I don't feel
confident in my abilities
sydney nkwana  - male   |:
i like your advice so keep it up do more than you think u can do
Anna  - Fear of making mistakes.   |:
I am going through this phase myself. I started serious sketches last year(2011)
and ever since my biggest fear was drawing someone i know coz of the possibility
of not capturing the details in my fine art.Your advise is putting things into
ppsama  - so   |:
i got it
mimi   |:
This article is very helpful
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salim   |:
Totally agree whith you.
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