No Longer Impossible

After my interview yesterday, I decided to go to Barnes and Noble to find a book that someone recommended for those new to drawing. It’s called, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.

I thought to myself “why not?” I’m always looking for ways to improve myself and my drawing abilities. Two chapters in and I’m already engaged.

In her book, Edwards attempts to teach drawing to those who have never drawn or to those who lack the confidence to draw.

“I firmly believe that given good instruction, drawing is a skill that can be learned by every normal person with average eyesight and average eye-hand coordination”

In her research she learns that drawing is something that can be learned by everyone and not just the talented. In fact, the concept of talent in the arts is challenged through new discoveries in the field of neuroplasticity.

“This concept of a plastic brain, a brain that constantly changes with experience, that can be reorganize and transmute and even develop new cells and new cell connection, is in direct contrast to previous judgments of the human brain as being more akin to a hard-wired machine, with it’s part genetically determined and unchangeable except for development in early childhood and deterioration in old age.”

What this means is that brain is not some hard wired machine, designed at birth to only do one thing. The brain is constantly changing, growing, and adapting as it learns new knowledge and gains experience.

So what does this mean?

For me it means that talent isn’t everything. Yes, there will always be people more talented than me, but that just means I have to work 100x harder to catch up. This applies to more than just drawing too! If I want to write then I’ll just have to write as much as possible until I get better.

So I’ll write everyday

Draw everyday

I’ll do both until hands become sore, until the creative juices run out, or until I fall asleep sitting at my desk.

My dream is to become an animator/writer and to develop my own stories to tell the world. It’s not going to be easy, but now I know it isn’t impossible.


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