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9 Benefits of Learning How to Draw

9 Benefits of Learning How to Draw

September 21, 2021

By Jedida Okonkwo

Many people consider drawing an unrewarding endeavor, where a few people search for unparalleled recognition of their artwork. But only a few of them realize that this art is more than just a means to gain recognition. Drawing can be a way of life for those who choose to follow its path. 

This piece discusses the advantages that are available if you decide to go down that path. It quells all fears you might be having towards learning to draw. This post puts away any uncertainty or indecisions you might be harboring in your mind as you contemplate picking up drawing either as an occupation or a hobby. 

Drawing offers numerous benefits for the mind and body artist. Let’s take a look.

Boost Self-Confidence

Many people shy away from drawing or other art forms because they feel they won’t make the cut or aren’t good enough. But this is nothing more than a trick your mind is playing on you. In art, we have learned to believe that everyone can achieve great things. Sometimes, a beginner just needs a big push or a big enough reason to get started. 

Research has proven that humans possess what many would refer to as a growth mindset. Due to this mindset, it means most humans aren’t necessarily born with immeasurable skill or prowess. We all have to spend our time and resources to develop any skills we consider valuable. All the people you see doing well with their art took the pain and effort to learn and practice how to attain that level and skill. The beautiful thing about the artistic journey is that it boosts self-confidence and redefines purpose. 

All forms of art are impressive and unique. When you create your piece of art and realize how fabulous it is, there’s an instant urge to keep making more. Even if it looks different from what others are doing, you will slowly develop the self-confidence to create more opportunities with your drawing. 

Supports Mental Health

A great way to feel relaxed, happier, and good about yourself is by starting on a long-term project. With such a project, you will feel like you are progressing by working on certain things and learning from each experience. For instance, you may experience a euphoric rush from completing your workout plan for the week or following a diet of strictly fruits and vegetables. Another way to feel good about yourself and support your mental health is through learning how to draw. 

The beauty of taking on art as a long-term project is that you will hardly run out of things to do. The journey of artistic exploration is a never-ending one. There’s always a chance to improve your skill, change your style or even add something new. As an artist, you are filled with near-endless opportunities to learn. When you feel bored, all you have to do is grab a pen and instantly soothe your soul. 

Enhances Relaxation

When dealing with methods to soothe your soul, there’s a concept referred to as the “state of flow,” renowned for its highly relaxing and refreshing effect. Regardless of how strange it may sound, the state of flow is something we are already familiar with or have likely experienced at one point or the other before now. It can be described as the state of doing something that gives you so much joy that you slowly begin to lose count of time and space around you. You probably just snapped out of a state of flow when you take a look at your watch and realize that you have spent hours on the same spot, drawing a masterpiece.

That moment when you get over all the feelings of frustration or self-criticism about the quality of what you are drawing, and just love yourself for drawing your deepest emotions is the beginning of the state of flow. Art has proven countless times that it’s the ideal conduit for people to get into a relaxing flow state. 

Every artist has a unique way they prefer to express their emotions. Some people enjoy creating patterns and filling them abstractly with colors, while others may like to create more structured images of whatever comes to their mind, and some will mirror their art from reference material. Choosing any of the methods mentioned above to draw can stabilize the artist’s breathing, strengthen their heartbeat and get them into a state of flow. Artists who have managed to discover this concept can relax better and feel more relieved from stress. 

Increasing your idea of expected possibilities

The human imagination is a powerful tool. Many artists draw from their imagination, and you can put anything on paper. It can trick your brain into believing that anything is possible as long as you can picture it in your mind. This school of thought would usher you into a renewed sense of freedom and would also delight you. 

You may never get to see some of your imaginations, such as a giant standing on a single pole or a horse riding a bicycle. But when you can imagine them and create them on a blank piece of paper, it reveals to you that a man’s imagination is truly limitless. 

Create Some Humor for Yourself and Others

There’s an unbeatable feeling when you look at a piece of art and realize that you have created something special. Even if the drawing appears silly, sloppy, or unorganized, it will bring a smile to your face. Many artists have a good laugh at some of their illustrations because they appear so ridiculous while remaining breathtaking. 

Similarly, images and pieces of art bring smiles to the faces of all those who view them. 

Improves Memory Retention

According to scientific research, drawing can improve the memory retention capacity of the artist – including short-term and long-term memory. Drawing excels more than writing in this aspect because it engages your brain’s semantic, visual, and motor aspects at once. Suppose you are the type of person who struggles to remember where they kept their keys. In that case, drawing may be an effective way to improve your mental capacity. 

Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

Artists who draw often have impressive hand-eye coordination. It doesn’t matter if you move your pencil slowly over the surface, create long strokes across the page, or just do some shading. Drawing will enhance your mobility, dexterity, and fine motor skills. Other drawing-related activities such as tearing papers or taking measurements would boost your coordination and how you go about your daily tasks. 

This benefit is even more noticeable in children. Instilling these skills in young children could improve how well they can handle similar activities in the future. 

Boosts Communication Skills

Words are not used in drawing. As a result, it constantly forces the artist to think of new ways of communicating his message. Artists are more conscious of facial expressions, body signs, and languages. An artist who is used to drawing human figures would undoubtedly notice any slight changes in others’ body language during conversations. 

Enhances Problem Solving Capacity

Many parts of the human brain are used during the artistic process. But you probably didn’t know that the rigorous thinking involved when creating a piece of art would go a long way to boost a person’s problem-solving skills. The act of drawing lines on paper and thinking of how to fill them up with colors can help you perceive solutions from unique perspectives. All of your actions as an artist may also spur you to tackle more problems in your day-to-day life efficiently.  

In conclusion

That’s all on the benefits of learning how to draw. When we look at what we’ve discussed above, drawing is no doubt beneficial to the human mind and body. If these benefits appeal to you, then that’s enough reason for you to grab a pencil, a blank sheet of paper and start learning how to draw. You won’t get it right at once as there is nothing like a perfect piece of art. But when you feel discouraged, think of all the things you stand to gain from drawing regularly.