Monday, November 28, 2011

What is Drawing

When I was in the second grade, I drew a flying unicorn for the school art show. My teacher titled it "The Flying Pig." Clearly my artistic skills were not up to par. As years went by, I drew, I painted, I glued, but never really became "good" at art.

English sculptor and artist Henry Moore once said, "discipline in art is a fundamental struggle to understand oneself, as much as to understand what one is drawing."

I don't think being good is what truly matters. Art is about expressing yourself, about using your creative imagination—however little you think you may have—and translating it into something you can understand. Something tangible. While many people draw on commission or for a class, it should inherently be for yourself.

Some people believe that when you have a photo taken, a part of your soul too is taken. I believe the same goes for drawings, except you are giving that part of your soul willingly to your creation. With every drawing you create, you put yourself on the line a little, exposing yourself and your emotions far more than words could ever convey.

I enjoy drawing because it is fun, and it helps me express myself. Maybe I am a horrible artist, but I don't care. I am expressing myself, and who are others to tell me that it's not good enough.

Regardless of how well my drawings turn out, I love looking at those of others. I've included some of my favorites below.


Da Vinci




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