How To Draw It is published in Santa Fe, New Mexico by me, Pam Neely. I am a relucant artist, mostly because there always seems to be a lot of pressure to be doing "responsible" things like keeping up after my house, worrying about money, or getting to the gym or on the trail or trying to be a good friend, citizen, daughter or partner. But despite all the demands of life, I do manage to make a little space for my drawing. I really appreciate all of you coming to this site, and for your feedback, because if you weren't coming here, I probably would find other more "important" things to be doing besides drawing.
Drawing my was primary thing in middle school and high school, and at one time everybody assumed I would become an artist. I am still not really clear on what being "an artist" means, and part of me thinks its a stupid term. Another part of me knows that there's a lot of ego around being "an artist" and if I feed that ego for even a moment, my drawings will suffer (and I'll get arrogant). One of my old art teachers said I would make a good "draftsman" (he didn't like the term artist, either), so maybe that's a term I can settle into.
Part of the reason I don't like the term "artist" is that it suggests you have to be a certain kind of person to draw, and usually that means that you have to be "gifted" to draw or paint, or even mess about with clay. I really resent this idea, and pretty much the whole premise of this site is that anyone can learn to draw.
Anyone. Its a skill, and it can be taught, and I think the people being stuffy about "artistic talent" are stifling a lot of creativity and joy in the world. Anyone can draw. Even you. Even me!
Because this site really is for people who think they can't draw, I think its only fair to show you that I am not unbelievably awesome at drawing either. In fact, I am kind of out of practice and have been for several years. But now that this site really seems to need my work, not just public domain work to thrive, I find myself forced into getting back into practice. Thank you. I needed the nudge.
Here's a drawing to prove that I'm as bad an "artist" as you think you are. But in the next few weeks and months I'm going to be getting a lot better. Hopefully, you can see where I started, and where I ended up, and how I got there and realize that it doesn't take take to draw, it just takes practice. And maybe some good information along the way.
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