Whenever I am asked to describe myself, there is never a starting point for me. As former Anthropology/Sociology major, my initial reaction is to give the whole social status profile. My age. Sex. Race. Age. Religion. Class. In all actuality, I find those things mundane in the spectrum of my life because although they inform my experiences and opportunities, they are not what define me as a person. It is my caring family, my adventurous travels, and my rambunctious pets that makes up the 7+ trillion atoms in my body; and, of course; it is my passion for creating art.
First Semester Drawings
Drawing is a talent—at least, that’s what I was told growing up in a highly artistic family. Retrospectively, it may have been the reason I gave up on trying new courses beyond STEM in high school. Part of my reasoning was that talents, like drawing, are not learned.
This mindset fed my trepidation in taking an Observational Drawing course. I was worried that—having no prior experience—my skills would not improve and what I would draw would not translate well on paper, either in conception or practice. It’s true, that some are born with a talent or gift that distinguishes them, but that does not mean that an individual cannot learn the technical skills required to preform and exceed whatever they put their mind to.
If anything, the course has taught me more than the principles of drawing and craft required: it is only through determination and resilience that you achieve success. Being born with a talent like drawing isn’t good enough, one has to truly desire and practice the art of illustration to thrive. Drawing is not solely about having a natural talent or gift—it’s also about the tenacity of the human soul.
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