When I was in high school, I had an art teacher who, after having taken a look at my drawing, told me:
“Whatever you do, Roger, don’t quit your day job.”
Now anyone else would have had their feelings hurt or their self-esteem shattered by such a statement, especially by a teacher. But not me.
Because I knew I couldn’t draw.
Well, that’s not entirely true. I can draw stick figures and even then, not very well.
So I went through my entire life assuming I absolutely, positively could not draw. “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body,” I’ve told myself more than once.
Then last year, a strange thing happened. One day I watched a YouTube video where the creator had learned to draw in his 50’s, after believing for his entire life that he had no artistic talent. Because he’d always thought he couldn’t draw, he never picked up a pencil and tried. Not once. Until now…and to his surprise, he ended up being quite talented.
So that got the old wheels ‘a turning, and I started wondering whether I could learn to draw…whether such a thing could even be possible. They say you never know until you try.
So I’ve decided to try.
Just for shits and grins, I purchased a drawing video course at the beginning of this year, and I’ve decided to go through it and see what happens. Worst case scenario, I’m no worse off than I am right now.
Best case scenario, I’ll be posting my drawings to this blog.
So this was another thing that I should have added to my “19 Things….in 2019” list. But then that would’ve made 20 so it wouldn’t have worked. So I’ll just keep it here.
Stay tuned for drawing drama in the coming weeks.