Why You Quit Drawing (And What You Can Do About It)

Remember the beguiling freedom of drawing as a kid?

Creativity 4 min read Sep 25, 2019

Every one of us, no exceptions, drew as a kid. It was simply one of those things that a child did without thinking. And like many childish things, you may have lost interest in drawing and abandoned it completely.

One of the many reasons this happens is because around the ages 9 or 10, children begin to develop a passion for realism. They become highly critical of their drawings: favouring certain themes (anime anyone?), and attempting to perfect an image through constant sketching. As a result, anything they produce that’s short of perfect realism is regarded as a failure.

This could be resolved if a teacher demonstrates the proper process of drawing, but unfortunately still, many teachers in the crucial elementary and middle school levels are not able to draw themselves, and often have the same feelings of inadequacy as the children they teach. Children at this stage are relentless in their attempts to make something “look real”; and when they can’t, they get discouraged, blame themselves talent-less and understandably so, seldom attempt to draw again.

Can I pick up where I left off?

Today, you see art all around you. The internet shows us adults who continued to draw and be creative, and you wish you could be like that too! You’ve heard it before: Drawing is a single skill and is not dependent on something called “talent”; and if you managed to learn how to read, write, do maths - you can learn to draw too. There is proof that adult people can learn to draw with realism, if they take the time to understand what makes drawings look realistic.

Take it from Vanessa Vanderhaven, a full-time illustrator, who didn’t start to learn drawing until the age of 19. Now, Vanessa is well-known for her realistic portrait illustrations and advocates that all illustration skills can be learnt by anyone. She teaches a 4-week class to introduce you to the methods that will produce super realistic results. Whether you’re already drawing and trying to improve, or are an absolute beginner at this, the course will take your skills to a whole other level.

Portrait Illustration Masterclass by Vanessa Vanderhaven runs for four weeks beginning May 1st, at 6.00pm to 8.30pm. Find out more about ticket prices and class details in the link below.

Learn to draw portraits realistically!
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Realistic drawing course for all skill levels