ALMOST anyone can draw, and it is not hard to do. It just requires some patience and discipline.
I have researched art for almost 10 years, reading books and watching videos. Most of the books and videos were talent showcases. Even then, most of the artists lacked basic drawing skills.
When I finally learned to draw (I mean draw well), people began to ask me to teach them how to draw. But they were easily offended by my first lesson:
DRAW A PERFECT LINE. That is lesson one. They assume right away that that is easy to do. I give them a pen and paper, and they scratch out some lines they THINK are straight.
Many of these lines are crooked. They are curved or jagged. They then challenge me to draw a straight line. But, because I am confident, I draw out a straight, and they test it with a ruler.
I tell them, COME BACK WHEN YOU CAN DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE. Some do, some don't. It doesn't matter how you hold a pencil, as long as you can draw a straight line. You could draw with your feet even.
The person who really wants to learn how to draw will come back every time challenging me with their lines. When I see improvement, I go to lesson 2:
DRAW A PERFECT CIRCLE. And then they either puff again, "NOBODY CAN DRAW A PERFECT CIRCLE,'' or they boast and hack out some ovals and some eggs and some rocks and a ''C.''
There is only ONE person who did not get offended and was determined to learn how to draw. He learned to draw a perfect line and circle. He was ready for lesson 3:
DRAW THE SAME SHAPE TWICE, IDENTICALLY. Even the ''best' artists will boast when you challenge them to do these simple tasks. But some can't. Then I tell them to draw the same shape rotated. Can you?
By this time, some people are through with the shenanigans, they want to LEARN TO DRAW. But they have one more lesson:
DRAW PERFECT 3D SHAPES. It does not matter if your lines overlap, as long as the lines are straight and the object is not lopsided. At this point you are already trained to do this anyhow.
Here are some other shapes. Lines that are RE-WORKED are NOT straight lines.
Most would be ready for the next lesson already:
DRAW YOUR FAVORITE THING USING ONLY LINES! No curves, no jagged edges, no re-worked lines. See the picture as LINES AND SHAPES ONLY. Besides, a curve is just a bunch of lines.
LESSON 6: (COMING, SOON AFTER YOU LEARN LESSON 1-5)...
EXAMPLES: (COMING SOON)
TIP 1: I hardly ever use curves to draw a picture initially. I use LINES that represent CURVES. I draw the most basic form or shape first, then i go over them with a curve. CONNECT THE DOTS.
Proof of concept