is it true, the superstition, that if you have bad handwriting you dont have "artistic giftedness" or arent born being good at art? i have always thought about it, being as i have bad handwriting and no "gift of art." your opinions?
I don't believe in gifted
I believe in Will, dreams and hard work
and I have really crappy handwriting
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I have astoundingly bad handwriting. And like Chaosrocks, I do not believe in such a thing as being "gifted". Art is a learnable skill. For that matter, so is good handwriting. Pick what you wish to become good at, and invest your time into improving it.
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The only artists I know with good handwriting are over 60 years old (as in, of a generation where penmanship was of importance to our schools and businesses)
I don't believe in this either. I know a lot of "artists" who have beautiful (...readable...) handwriting but aren't so great on the art side, and vice versa.
I don't think why one should affect another since it's a whole different motion, at least it seems so to me. For example, my wrists hurt after only ten minutes of writing, but I can draw for hours without experiencing any pain So, uh, that theory is not so true.
My handwriting is awful, my dad's even said to me 'you think you'd have more control over it'... I would love to improve it, but I just don't know how!
My mom's and sister's handwriting is really nice, they both do nice art, I have horrible handwriting, and also do art. Handwriting and art are mysteriously unconnected.
I also have terrible handwriting. I could neaten it up, I did some drafting courses in high school that forced me to write nice, but usually I'm pretty satisfied with my chicken-scratch writing.
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My handwriting isn't that good, and I also don't draw that good. But I don't think it has anything to do with my handwriting. I hate to write on paper anyway. Computer + Keyboard ftw!
Despite the fact that they can both be done with a pencil, writing and drawing are completely different processes, controlled by completely different regions of the brain.
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Handwiting has nothing at all to do with any learnt ability. There is no such thing as gifted.
Skilled and unskilled is the only dichotomy here.
The skill of drawing can, and is, learnt.
It is not some mystical gift from God.
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i agree with you guys. thanks for the thoughts and opinions. just wanted to see who was in-line with my thought on this.
Elwell: thanks for the scientific aspect of it. really proves the point.
"The only artists I know with good handwriting are over 60 years old (as in, of a generation where penmanship was of importance to our schools and businesses)"
I'm over 60 and my handwriting has ALWAYS been so fuckin' bad I can't even read it. I have to block-letter print notes to myself...
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I love my handwriting. It's weird and i could probably use it to letter comics. I steal letters from all around. It's all a question of practice and stealing nice looking letters from other ppl.
My handwriting used to be good. Then there was High School. Constantly taking down page after page of scribbled notes ruined my handwriting.
Yeah, it's more about which side of the brain is more apt, as Elwell said. I have nice writing, so I've been told, and feel capable enough with my art. But I also use to love math, and was fairly good at it, so perhaps I'm just a freak in the artist community. A traitor in the midst.
However, I have to disagree with everyone saying that art is something that anyone can learn. The technique of drawing and painting can be learned, but there is an innate artistic expression that I'd venture to say, cannot. Creativity, well I don't think anyone has quite figured out how to teach that to people that don't already have it.
I dont know any guys with good penmanship, some girls yes. I'm also seriously practicing writing left handed and when I go slow enuff my penmanship is better than natural right hand, I guess from concentrating so much.
I think writing, like the technical aspects of drawing and painting, can be acquired with practice... It's just a matter of starting out slow, and speeding up as you get more comfortable with it.
For me it's a matter of having the right pen... which usually means some sort of calligraphy pen, marker or nib... whatever's closest.
I print legibly, which is not to say I do it neatly. I don't particularly like the way my printing looks. My handwriting is neater, and I prefer its appearance. But I've always felt that my writing was neither beautifully immaculate nor uniquely stylized. It's something in between, and I rather wish it drifted closer to one of those extremes.
As far as drawing goes, my draftsmanship and line quality are not too good. I'm more comfortable rendering building up tones gradually than I am doing straightforward linework. I've often wondered if there was any connection between this difficulty and my frustrations with handwriting. Who knows...
I guess the only thing that really bugs me about my handwriting is my lack of a truly spiffy signature. But I'd rather spend my limited time improving other, more important aspects of my art.
people however ARE born with the ambition to pursue expressing themselves artistically, and as a bi-product will practice a lot more than the average joe, vaulting their skill above their peers and thus looking as if they are "gifted".
it's always nice to find a new reason to be happy that I never took notes in schoolConstantly taking down page after page of scribbled notes ruined my handwriting