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Hello, everyone! I've just recently discovered this site and am still a bit lost in all this amazingness (so I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong place) but I was really curious if there are any beginners (by which I mean completely new to drawing) who attempt to participate there or if this site is only for the "talented ones"? I looked through some of the "sketchbooks" and the so called beginners already have so much skill and talent that ... it's just amazing.
Sadly I do not have talent for drawing BUT I have always liked art and always wanted to try something myself. When I saw those sketchbooks in this site, I thought it would be a good way to "push" myself to draw something every day (I am very undisciplined) just for the sake of trying but it would be just ... very bad sketches, you know (would I be "banned" for that or smth?). And what if I will keep drawing for, say, several months and ... nothing happens? No improvement? Imagine like 100 posts of bad drawings...
So, to put it shortly, is it possible to keep a sketchbook there for a person without a talent (just for fun and that self-discipline thing) and is it worth to do it if I have no visible talent?
We take all levels here as this forum is for learning, and you will improve.
This has long been regarded as one of the all-time most inspirational threads to show how far and fast one can improve if one has the hunger to do so...
As the ego shrinks, so the spirit expands.
"Talent" is the most misunderstood word in art. What you call "talent" is 90% hard focused work practicing the particular skill, 10% natural affinity to learning that skill.
Keep a sketchbook if that makes you motivated. But don't fill it with every random doodle. Make sure that with every sketch, you learn a little more.
Thank you all for the answers. "MindCandyMan" indeed has an awesome thread here (among many others). Really inspirational (and a bit.. unsettling in a way). He must have worked so much!
I've started to draw on my own but I already have so many questions that I might really give a try on creating my own sketchbook these days.
Heh, thanks, I'll keep that in mind .
I think starting a sketchbook on here is a great idea, whatever your skill level. It can be a bit nerve-wracking showing your art to other people, but the members here are all very helpful and can make good suggestions on how you can improve. I look forward to hopefully seeing some of your art soon!
I don't doubt the hard work part, but the talent... I still believe some people have that special something (it can be noticed at school, for instance, where the drawing abilities of some (even without special practice) a way better that that of the others). But I admit that the quotes you mentioned are very inspiring. I would like to believe this is true (better, I will try to check if they are true! ).
Is it worth it?
the question is, what you want to achieve.
If your goal is to be the best artist in the world, this could be very frustrating. But if you learn drawing, illustrating, painting or whatever step by step, there are so many litte feelings of success, that it is worth, indeed.
If you someday master a skill that you don't have today, and may it be as tiny as possible (i.e. drawing a hand, a horse, perspective, anatomy in general), that will affect your complete personality.
Or like Bob Ross said: Your next painting will the be you masterpiece (or something like that.)