We all suck when we start out.
I mean, look at babies, When we're born, we can't walk, can't talk, can't even wipe our own asses. We fumble blindly and babble nonsense. Some babies learn to walk and talk and poop in the right place a little quicker than others... and it works that way for just about everything.
When I first started drawing, I was awful... but I had a passion for it. I loved to take the ideas in my head and put them down where I could see them and show them to others. So I kept drawing.
I studied anatomy and perspective. I looked at art by artists whom I admire. Mostly, though, I just kept drawing.
I'm pretty okay at it now. I'm no DaVinci or anything, but once upon a time, neither was he.
If there is something that you are passionate about - painting, drawing, acting, driving, writing, programming, sculpture, architecture, swimming, running, whatever - you just need to remember one thing:
When you start out, you will suck.
Some people will get better at it faster than you. That's okay. That just means that they found the way to learn that works best for them. You need to find what works for you.
You will get discouraged by the things others say and do. Sometimes it's intentional. Usually, it isn't.
But if you're passionate about what you do - really, truly passionate for it - then you'll keep going. If you're willing to put in the time, dedication and work, you can do anything.
If mankind can go from crossing the plains on bare feet to exploring the surface of the moon before most of us were even born, you can learn how to build a house, or paint landscapes, or write stories, or edit film - anything. So long as you're willing to work for it.
The only thing standing between you and your goals is you.
Created: Jul 25, 2010Document Media